Posts Tagged 'Mark 6'

The Gospel Challenge ~ Feed The Crowd

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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.

The Gospel Challenge ~ The Price of Mistaken Identity

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On America’s Got Talent, little 5 year old girl Heavenly Joy is told she’s got Shirley Temple inside; she replies, “Not Shirley Temple; Jesus!”

People are Prone to Misunderstand Jesus

Lack of Relationship Leads to Confusion About Christ

Mark 6:14-29

  • v14 recognition of power – know what Jesus can do
  • v15 recognition of position – know who Jesus is supposed to be
  • v16/17 reaction of panic – remember their own misdeeds
  • v18/29 revulsion against purity – confronted sin not always repented

Knowing about Jesus is not the same as following Him. Jesus is too important to merely know about: He wants you to trust in, cling to, and rely upon Him.

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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