“The Song of Serenity” Sunday Service (9:30AM in A/C Gym & 10:00AM LiveStream)

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1) Participate in our onsite worship service in the Air Conditioned Gym which begins at 9:30AM, SUNDAY at 3757 Mill Street.
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5) Listen to the audio recording and see sermon outline on our church website: sermons.srcmarion.org
Title: The Song of Serenity

Text: Luke 23:44-49

Theme: Having accomplished the work the Father gave Him, Jesus has closure; He goes home; He enters into His rest.

I. His 7th Word is a Word to His ____________.

A. It’s a quoted prayer from Psalm 31.

B. It’s also a kind of bedtime prayer.

II. His 7th Word is a Word for ____________.

A. It sets an example for Christians.

B. Believers already now taste eternal life.

Questions for Study

Deuteronomy 28:15ff describes God’s curses upon those who reject & rebel against Him.  VV. 25-35 especially depict un-rest, blighted efforts, fruitlessness, lack of closure.  How do we see these dark activities going on in our social & cultural events today, including the effects of the Covid Virus?

How is Jesus’ prayer here a statement of His Faith?

What gives a dying believer similar confidence?

If you were to die today, do you know for certain where you’ll be?

Some say Christians can’t know with certainty where we’ll be when we die; that we can only hope.  God & His Word remind us we can know:  See Jesus’ earlier Word from the Cross, to the dying, repentant criminal, Luke 23:39-43.  See also I John 5:12-13.

How is Jesus’ 7th Word related to His saying in John 12:24?  Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.