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Potential Theme: Mark 7:24-37

September 3, 2009

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

Theme (What is God doing in the text?): God is using every available means to open up new avenues of grace to humankind.

Need (What is the human need reflected in the text?): To be more aware of the opportunities around us for experiencing God’s grace.

Image (What is the dominant image for the sermon?): Outsiders.

Mission (To what action is the text leading us?): To share God’s love to others as limitlessly as God shares with us.

The mission I have chosen is very general.  I am searching for specific examples.  Do you have any helpful illustrations?

Clearly, I am focusing on the first half of the text (verses 24-30).  I’d like to hear from anyone using 31-37.  What have you discovered?

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

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