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Snapshots from Mark: The Main Thing

Snapshots from Mark: The Main Thing Sermon Audio Here

Mark 12:28-34

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” Steven R. Covey, Scott Krippayne But ZEROING in on the main thing is no easy thing: the Choice is between good, better, and BEST…

What’s The Main Thing?

Love God ~ Mark 12:28-30

  • 28 Good question: what IS most important? Let’s be honest: we spend a LOT of our lives searching for meaning and purpose… and all too often, we leave God out of the picture
  • 29 Reminder: LISTEN (Shema) Important to listen to what God says to us
  • 30 Love God with EVERYTHING you have: not just a Sunday/Easter/Christmas thing. ALL IN (you can’t be a little bit pregnant: you either are, or you’re not)

Love People ~ Mark 12:31-34

  • 31 Shema was the most famous OT quote to Israel; Leviticus 19=more obscure (e.g., don’t wear clothes made of two kinds of material; don’t shave; don’t eat fruit from a new tree for 3 years) AND YET nestled in this obscure chapter Jesus says is found the second most important part of the entire Torah: love of neighbor
  • 32/33 the questioner agrees with Jesus: LOVE more important than religious duty
  • 34 “not far from Kingdom of God” – not enough to KNOW – we actually have to CHOOSE LOVE DAILY

Not a typical Easter sermon. We’re in the midst of a study in the book of Mark, and this is just what came up in the text. But it’s incredibly appropriate for Resurrection Sunday: Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross showed how much God loved us to make a way for us to love Him back; Jesus’ Resurrection showed that God loved us enough to show us that He wants us to know Him as FRIEND, not just Savior.

The Messiah’s Ministry: An Eternal Perspective

Mirror of the Sky II


Matthew 22:34-46

Christian musicians Brandon Heath and Jason Ingram wrote a song in 2008 about wanting to see the world as God would, and having a desire to view people with more compassion called “Give Me Your Eyes”. Here are some of the lyrics:
Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me Your love for humanity
Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see

How can we look at Life from God’s viewpoint?
* Focus on the Main Point
34-40 testing for the “right” answer
v34 they’re trying to trick Him (cf. v15)
v35/36 what’s the right answer? (test of orthodoxy)
v37/38 reply of action: LOVE God
v39 love people
v40 love in the vertical & horizontal (image of cross)

* Focus on the Master’s Presence
41-46 testing for understanding
v41/42 surface answer correct, BUT…
v43 watch the lines of authority (which Pharisees loved)
v44 David called the Messiah “Master/Lord”, (authority)
v45 How can David submit to Messiah’s authority if He hasn’t yet been born?
v46 Pharisees couldn’t admit the only way possible: that Messiah was God and human; if true, why not follow Him? So – they were silent.

The point of the Resurrection: Jesus proved He was God and Messiah. Let’s not be silent.


Pastor Ed Backell

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