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Saturday, March 19, 2016
Sermon Notes for Kelly Scholorship Banquet (Dublin, GA)
Psalm 23:4 (New Living Translation) "Even when I walk through the darkest valley,I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me." ~Survival Training For The Valley
Introduction: John 16:33 admonishes us with the words of Jesus, "...Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Transition: This poetic pericope prepares us for life's valleys, with practical tips. The answers that we've been searching for are all found in the confines of the sacred canon.
Exposition: Let's extricate three facets for the sake of exegesis...
1) Be Consistent "Even when I walk throughthe darkest valley"
-Don't give up on yourself
-Don't be paralyzed by current context
2) Be Courageous "I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me"
-Maintain strong determination
-The company you keep matters to your morale
3) Be Confident "Your rod and your staffprotect and comfort me"
-God guards us (defending)
-God guides us (delivering)