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The Gospel Challenge ~ Live the Verb, Not the Title

The Gospel Challenge ~ Live the Verb, Not the Title Sermon Audio Here


Mark 6:1-13

Apostle is a title of authority; it is ALSO a verb meaning “to send out”.

Two Challenges to “Live The Verb”:

Closeness Breeds Contempt
Mark 6:1-6 beware a dismissive attitude

  • v1/2 synagogue not unusual; CONTENT was
  • v3 skandalized – they stumbled over their familiarity
  • v4/5/6 their contempt nullified their faith

Commission Brings Capability
Mark 6:7-13 we are sent to serve

  • v7 SENT=verb apostleO
  • v8/9/10 don’t trust your own preparations, but God’s provision
  • v11 “will not listen” active rejection; shake dust; active response
  • v12/13 AS THEY WERE GOING

We are told to go, and that we’ll be given the tools we need to get God’s work done. But if we don’t move, we can’t receive God’s empowering (like starting a manual transmission by compression – if it just sits there, it won’t start. Jesus sends us; and AS WE GO, we see that God enables us to do what He calls us to do.


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