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Rev. Paul J. Miller – Sermon Outline – May 24, 2020

Series Title: “Discovering Your Life in the Life of Jesus”

Today’s Title: He Has Done Everything Well

Today’s Text: 7:24-37

Gospel Parallels:  Matthew 15:21-31

 

CONTEXT:

Just after declaring “all foods clean” in 7:19, Jesus has an encounter with a very desperate GREEK mother….

 

JESUS HAS A PLAN, A PATTERN – PREPARATION, CONFRONTATION, PROCLAMATION

 

 

A DESPERATE MOTHER IN TYRE

 

PREPARATION – Mark 3:8 – The stories preceded Jesus

 

 

CONFRONTATION – Matthew 15:21-28 – The disciples needed to see how Jesus treated a Gentile  

                                                                           woman in need

 

PROCLAMATION – A sign that Gospel is for all people

 

 

A DEAF MAN IN THE DECAPOLIS

 

PREPARATION – Mark 5:16-20 – Competing community stories in the Decapolis

 

 

CONFRONTATION – Mark 7:32-35 – Giving “ears to hear” to an entire community

 

 

PROCLAMATION – Mark 7:36-37 – The man told his story, they were amazed

 

 

For personal thought and reflection:

 

                - Whose story prepared you to believe in God?

 

                - What experiences have brought you into a confrontation with God?

 

                - Do you believe that God can use YOUR story can prepare someone else to believe?

 

                - Can you tell your story of faith in Christ in three minutes or less?

 

 

“…in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” – 1 Peter 3:15-16

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