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Theme: Luke 3:1-6

December 3, 2009

This is week one of two for John the Baptist.  This text is about John and his role.  Next week we’ll discuss the content of his message.  These are the thoughts I have so far for this week’s sermon*:

Theme (What is God doing in the text?): God prepares Creation for God’s new-old work.

Need (What is the human need reflected in the text?): Allow ourselves to be receptive to God’s grace and influence.

Image (What is the dominant image for the sermon?): Road or highway.

Mission (To what action is the text leading us?): Make straight the road that allows God into our hearts.

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

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