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Potential Theme: Mark 10:17-31

October 7, 2009

I will focus on verses 17-22 and the barriers in our lives that prevent us from experiencing life in the kingdom of God.  These are the thoughts I have so far for this week’s sermon*:

Theme (What is God doing in the text?): God is saving us, doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves.

Need (What is the human need reflected in the text?): We need to lay aside all the things that cling to us and drag us down.

Image (What is the dominant image for the sermon?): Gift (grace) or possessions.

Mission (To what action is the text leading us?): Simplify our lives by clearing away something that complicates our lives or prevents us from stepping into the kingdom.

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

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