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Potential Theme: Mark 10:2-16

September 30, 2009

I am using only verses 13-16 in worship this week.  I don’t usually like to shorten the reading this much, but because it is World Communion Sunday, I will not be able to explore the full text in depth.  These are the thoughts I have so far for this week’s sermon*:

Theme (What is God doing in the text?): In Jesus Christ, God stands with the lost and the least.

Need (What is the human need reflected in the text?): To exercise utter dependence upon God for our salvation.

Image (What is the dominant image for the sermon?): Children as ancient representatives of losers.

Mission (To what action is the text leading us?): Forsake our own efforts to “win.”

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

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