Good Afternoon! Because of the VBS wrap-up (Good Job, Ryan!) Sunday evening, we have one sermon. Next week we’ll also have one sermon, because we’ll have hamburgers and fellowship Sunday night.
Also, I have switched organizational motifs for sermon preparation. I hope it makes for getting to application points clearer. You may not even notice in the listening, but it will be evident in the outlines that are posted here.
I. Front Porch: God alone can bring life to the dead
A. Ezekiel 37
B. Our situation, our need
II. Entryway: What is going on in this world?
A. Division in the church
B. Community angst
C. Family concerns
D. National problems
III. Hallway: Ezekiel's prophetic years in the exile
A. Ezekiel: early exile, probably prophesying after Jerusalem's fall though
B. 575 BC...ish
V. Kitchen: The Word of the Lord brings the Spirit of the Lord who brings life
A. Death is the natural result of life :)
B. What we can do is proclaim the Word
C. At this, we fall on God's mercy
D. The Spirit of the Lord brings life
E. The Spirit follows the Word
VI. Dining Room (personal growth)/Living Room (immediate life application)
A. DR: Humility, reliance on the Word
B. LR: Grow through studying with others
C. LR: be willing to share the Word with others--your life is a foundation, not a complete proclamation
VII. The Door: wide world impact
A. All we can do is structure bones
B. While there are bones to keep in order through the law, culture, our real goal is proclaim the Word
C. That opens the door for the Spirit to work
D. We cannot determine who the Spirit can and cannot work through
E. We must stop trying to pick winners and especially decide who loses
VIII. The Back Porch:
A. As we go: carry the Word and proclaim it
B. because God alone can bring life to the dead, through the Spirit who follows the Word
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