The Gospel Challenge ~ Feed The Crowd

The Gospel Challenge ~ Feed The Crowd Sermon Audio Here


Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Sociology professor Anthony Campolo recalls a deeply moving incident that happened in a Christian junior high camp where he served. One of the campers, a boy with spastic paralysis, was the object of heartless ridicule. When he would ask a question, the boys would deliberately answer in a halting, mimicking way. One night his cabin group chose him to lead the devotions before the entire camp. It was one more effort to have some “fun” at his expense. Unashamedly the spastic boy stood up, and in his strained, slurred manner — each word coming with enormous effort — he said simple, “Jesus loves me — and I love Jesus!” That was all. Conviction fell upon those junior-highers. Many began to cry. Revival gripped the camp. Years afterward, Campolo still meets men in the ministry who came to Christ because of that testimony.

Our Daily Bread, April 1, 1993.

To Carry Out Our Convictions, Remember

The Context of Our Values
Mark 6:30-34

  • v30 gathered: Jesus is our central desire
  • v31/32 quiet place: recognize value of rest
  • v33/34 Jesus, moved by compassion, changed his plans

The Value of Connection
Mark 6:53-56

  • v53 minister in your regular context
  • v54/55 changed lives change lives
  • v56 connection with Jesus is crucial

The difference between a conviction and a preference, according to SCOTUS case Wisconsin v Yoder, 1972: A preference is a very strong belief, held with great strength; a conviction is a belief that you will not change. Our gospel challenge isn’t to talk about our preferences; it’s to share our conviction.

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