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SERMON: What Is Real and What Is Not

SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 2:8-15

ANTHEM: My God Is Real

HYMN SPOTLIGHT

How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds (1779)

John Newton, 1725-1807

This hymn was written by the Anglican minister best known for writing the well-known hymn “Amazing Grace.” Newton was quite a colorful character. He had lived most of his life as a sailor before he was converted and would usually preach on Sunday morning in a sea captain’s uniform. For several years, he made his living as a slave trader before he became an ardent abolitionist later in life. Newton preached regularly right up until a few days before he died, and as he was nearing the end of his life, he wrote these words. “My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: that I am a great sinner and that Jesus is a great Savior.”

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