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1.2.2b 12.13.2019 Funeral Sermon for Robert H. "Doc" Silberesien Hebrews 4.16 Draw Near to Jesus

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Entice: It is never easy to lose a loved one. Your grief is made worse (compounded) by the season. What is supposed to be a time of rejoicing has become a season of mourning. Throughout your lives you will mark the Christmas season of 2019 as when we buried Grandpa.
Entice: It is never easy to lose a loved one. Your grief is made worse (compounded) by the season. What is supposed to be a time of rejoicying has become a season of mouring. Throughout your lives you will mark the Christmas season of 2019 as when we burried Grandpa.
Engage: I understand that today hurts. The pain is emotional, fearful, spiritual. There is no real replacement for those we lose. But there is one who knows our sorrow and invites us to bring it all to Him.
Engage: I understand that today hurts. The pain is emotional, fearful, spiritual. There is no real replacement for those we lose. But there is one who knows our sorrow and invites us to bring it all to Him.
Hebrews 4:16 ESV
16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Expand: The Bible does not need lots of words to teach us something important about God's ability and our need. You've cried and will cry some more. Jesus understands tears and invites you to share them with Him. You're probably angry. Jesus understands anger and invites you to bring it to Him. You are scared. Jesus understands fear. He invites you to bring Him your fear and you will find that His perfect love casts out fear.
Expand: The Bible does not need lots of words to teach us something important about God's ability and our need. You've cried and will cry some more. Jesus understands tears and invites you to share them with Him. You're probalby angry. Jesus understands anger and invites you to bring it to Him. You are scared. Jesus understands fear. He invites you to bring Him your fear and you will find that His perfect love casts out fear.
Excite: Jesus knows everything there is to know about being human but responds to our human needs and weaknesses as our Savior God.
Excite: Jesus knows everything there is to know about being human but responds to our human needs and weaknesses as our Savior God.

Explore: Jesus identifies with the whole painful process of being human so that we can draw near to Him in times of pain.

Explore: Jesus identifies with the whole painful process of being human so that we can draw near to Him in times of pain.
Explain: I encourage you today to accept these blessings. Blessings...

Explain: I encourage you today to accept these blessings. Blessings...

Body of Sermon:

1. Draw near

1. Draw near

1.1 We can. Through Jesus Christ we have full access to God, if we choose to approach Him.

1.1 We can. Through Jesus Christ we have full access to God, if we choose to approach Him.

1.2 We should. God loves us. He has shown that love to us in Jesus. He continues showing that love by responding to our grief.

1.2 We should. God loves us. He has shown that love to us in Jesus. He continues showing that love by responding to our grief.

2. Receive Mercy.

2. Receive Mercy.

2.1 Mercy means God knows your need.

2.1 Mercy means God knows your need.

2.2 Mercy means God addresses your need.

2.2 Mercy means God addresses your need.

3. Find Grace.

3. Find Grace.
3.1 Grace is something we can never earn...

3.1 Grace is something we can never earn...

3.2 But Grace is something we all need.

3.2 But Grace is something we all need.

3.3 God's unmerited favor to us which we can receive through faith.

3.3 God's unmerited favor to us which we can receive through faith.

Shut Down: Your time of needs.

Shut Down: Your time of needs.

This is certainly a time of need. You are experiencing loss that you cannot name and will soon try to fill a void which seems beyond your capacity. In our most difficult times of need Jesus can be most present. All we must do is draw near to Him.
I ask God's blessing upon you. May His peace bring you wholeness. May His word bring you comfort. May you find grace and receive mercy as you draw near to Him.
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