Posts Tagged 'Mark'

Snapshots from Mark: Diagnosing a Demon

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Mark 9:14-29

I ran across an inspiring quote this last week: “The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.” An admirable sentiment; but what happens when the problem is absolutely beyond our means to solve?

How Do We Deal With Devilish Difficulties?

Situations Solved Solely by Jesus ~ Mark 9:14-18

  • 14/16 Why RUN to Jesus?
  • 17/18 When we strike out solving our own struggle

Spiritual Solutions Accessed Through the Son ~ Mark 9:19-24

  • 19 “unbelieving” they’d tried to solve a spiritual problem by natural means
  • 20/22 “if you can”=the father doesn’t understand the spiritual world; he knows there’s a demon problem, but he doesn’t know Jesus’ place in that spiritual reality
  • 23/24 “I believe YOU can fix this – it’s beyond me” = the admission that leads to salvation

Supernatural Shows Up the Merely Natural ~ Mark 9:25-29

  • 25/27 The results of Jesus’ work are often misinterpreted, when viewed through a merely natural lens
  • 28/29 spiritual problems require spiritual solutions

The Disciples were using Jesus’ authority without understanding its origin: Jesus is LORD of Heaven and Earth. The Father has GIVEN all authority to the Son, and so when the Son’s name is appropriately invoked, as an agent of the Son, spiritual forces will pay attention!

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Snapshots from Mark: Lost in Translation

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Mark 9:2-10

How do you see this picture?

 

 

 

 

Here is a picture I showed the kids during Children’s message. What do you see when you look at it? What happens if you look at it upside down? We often form concepts in our mind that take some radical reorientation to see differently.

 

What Happens When How We See Jesus Changes?

Dazzled and Dazed ~ Mark 9:2-3

  • transfigured=changed form; cf. Phil 2:7 “grasping”
  • Jesus touched His Divinity for a few moments, and it dazzled the disciples
  • IT STILL DOES

Lean On The Living Word ~ Mark 9:4-6

  • Elijah, greatest of prophets; Moses, giver of Law
  • Jesus greater than the Law and the Prophets
  • THE LIVING WORD

Admit We Miss The Point Sometimes ~ Mark 9:8-10

  • EVEN AFTER seeing Jesus transfigured before them, they STILL MISS HIS CLEAR TEACHING “what rising meant”

Mark 9:7 Listen to the Loved Son

In the Old Testament, Elisha freaks out when Elijah is translated; Peter is overwhelmed when Jesus changes… how do WE deal with Jesus’ changes?

This calls for a Change IN OUR PERCEPTION of Jesus – we think He’s one way, when He reveals Himself to be ACTUALLY GOD.

Snapshots from Mark: Opening Ears

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Mark 7:24-37

The overall message of Mark’s Gospel is that God is at work among us through Jesus’ ministry. Jesus SHOWS the Kingdom of God instead of just talking about it. The Gospel can still catch us off guard: What happens when God shows us something out of the ordinary?

To Hear God’s Message At Work, Listen For:

God Working Where We Don’t Expect ~ Mark 7:24-30

  • 24/25 Jesus draws people to Himself
  • 26/27 even those we don’t think would be interested
  • 28/30 faith in Christ can spring up unexpectedly

God’s Ways Going Beyond Our Grasp ~ Mark 7:31-37

  • 31/32 bring others to Jesus who seem beyond help
  • 33/35 Jesus touches others in unexpected ways
  • 36/37 these non-Jewish folk recognized something special about Jesus

Are we willing to hear Jesus work with those who don’t belong to our preferred group? Remind one another: God’s going to work with whom He wants, how He wants, and when and where He wants. Our goal is to go where the Gospel is growing, and work there as well.

Snapshots from Mark: Cost of Confrontation

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Mark 6:14-28

This time of year, considering conditions, fender benders are more likely to occur. This is no surprise to us; but did you know that insurance companies have decided you’re statistically more likely to get into another accident if you’ve had a first? It’s all part of how they count the cost of our premiums. As we leave the old year behind, and prepare to face a new year, what will the cost of following Christ be for us?

As You Count The Cost To Confront, Consider: ~

Spiritual Power Provokes a Response
~ Mark 6:14-16

  • 14 “this” – Jesus & disciples healing throughout the land
  • 15 the common people know God is at work somehow
  • 16 Herod panics because of his past sin

Political Power Preserves Its Privilege ~ Mark 6:17-20

  • 17/18 John confronted sin in governmental leadership
  • 19/20 sinners can enjoy God’s truth without conviction

Personal Power Doesn’t Protect From Pressure ~ Mark 6:21-28

  • 21/25 historical background
  • 26/28 political power doesn’t protect from pressure

29On hearing of this, John’s disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

When we make the decision to be His disciple, it means to deny ourselves and take up our cross daily. That Cross is an instrument of death, and just as John the Baptist paid the ultimate price, we too need to pay that price every day. That’s why we need You, Jesus.

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

The Gospel Challenge ~ The Price of Mistaken Identity Sermon Audio Here

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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