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Potential Theme: 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33

August 5, 2009

These are the thoughts I have so far for this week’s sermon*:

Theme (What is God doing in the text?): God walks with us in the most desperate times of our lives.

Need (What is the human need reflected in the text?): To manage the complexities of relationships and roles in our lives–especially when our responsibilities seem to conflict.

Image (What is the dominant image for the sermon?): Caught between heaven and earth.

Mission (To what action is the text leading us?): To trust God enough that doing the right thing won’t destroy us.

It is difficult to see what God is doing in the text, and so I am stretching the point with my “theme.”  God has also experienced loss and understands.  God was with the people in the wilderness, was with David in his wilderness and is with us, too.  What do you think God is doing in the text?  What is the text encouraging us to do?

*These categories are adapted from Paul Scott Wilson’s The Four Pages of the Sermon (Nashville: Abingdon, 1999).

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