Snapshots from Mark: Directing The Disciples

Snapshots from Mark: Directing The Disciples Sermon Audio Here

Mark 16:9-20

This week, I had an interaction with a Petition Circulator. It occurred to me that the law of the land is designed to be WORKED WITH, not statically obeyed. What about God’s word?

What Can We Hear If We Listen Carefully?

The Editors Voice ~ 2 Tim. 3:16

  • Why this ending? Apparently, the early church decided it was needed ~  “the rest of the story”. They took later material (from Matthew and Acts) and added it to the end of Mark.

The Witnesses’ Testimony ~ Mark 16:9-14

  • 9/11 summary only: full account is John 20:14-18 LESSON: OTHER SOURCES can be used to illustrate what God does in our own lives
  • 12/13 summary of Luke 24:13-32 LESSON: we may not recognize what God is doing right away; still, we’re encouraged to pay attention even after the fact. “hindsight is 20/20”
  • 14 summary of Luke 24:33-44 LESSON: just “saying” you believe isn’t sufficient; we must USE our faith!

The Lord’s Affirmation ~ Mark 16:15-20

  • 15/16 Content of Good news process: 1) share Jesus’ word; 2) trust Jesus’ word; 3) obey Jesus’ word 4) Don’t reject Jesus’ word
  • 17/18 Indicators of Apostolic Work (Acts 2:4; 5:15-16; 28:3-5)
  • 19/20 Effective End of Gospel: a literary form (if the point of a gospel is to testify that Jesus is God’s work among us, then this ending shows that the work was effective)

God PARTNERS with humanity to do His work; Scripture itself is a witness, that while God INSPIRES it, humans hold the pens. So what? We know God COULD fix the world instantly, but then we’d lose out on partnering with the Lord. God’s will is done THROUGH US. It’s pretty important that we recognize that Kingdom work is an ONGOING PROCESS, not a finished accomplishment.

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