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Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST PROPER 28 YEAR A Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament Judges 4:1–7 Psalm Psalm 123 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament Zephaniah 1:7, 12–18 Psalm Psalm 90:1–8 (9–11) 12 New Testament 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11 Gospel Matthew 25:14–30Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Sermon Starters

New CreaturesKey Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17I. What is the natural man like? A. The natural man does not perceive God (Rom. 8:7). B. Consequently, he cannot please God (Rom. 8:8). II. It is Christ who makes the difference. A. Christ must actually indwell us (John 17:23, 26; Rom. 8:10; Gal. 2:20; Col. 1:27). B. It is only when Christ is in us that we become acceptable to God (Rom. 8:1; 1 Cor. 1:30). C. In this state, nothing can separate us from God’s love (Rom. 8:38, 39). III. Christ enters us because of our faith in Him. A. Christ and the prophets before Him proclaimed that He was the way to salvation (Is. 53:11; Matt. 3:11; John 5:24; 10:9; 11:25; 14:6). B. The apostles also preached salvation through faith in Christ alone (Rom. 10:8–11; Eph. 2:8). IV. Those in Christ are changed people. A. Paul used the Greek word kainḗ, which means qualitativel…