This sermon covers the section of Jesus' interaction with his family and his foes (Jewish leaders) around 3 headings:
1. ACCUSATION - Jesus works only by Satan's power (20-22)
2. ILLUSTRATION - A kingdom divided cannot stand (23-27)
3. CONDEMNATION - Blaspheming the Spirit is unforgivable (28-30)
A. The SINS that can be forgiven!
B. The SIN that cannot be forgiven
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff preaches/expounds Mark 3.13-19 -- the choosing of the 12 Apostles.
We need men -- ministers! -- who pursue great likeness to Jesus Christ, who are conformed to Christ, who are zealously ardent in their affection & love for the Savior.
3 applicational statements from this paragraph:
1) VIGILANTLY PRAY! The intercession for the 12 (v.13; **Luke 6:12 - Jesus spent all night in prayer)
2) EMBRACE WEAKNESS! The identification of the 12 (v.16-19)
3) PROCLAIM CHRIST! The mission of the 12 (v.14-15)
"Remember Your God! Lessons from Damascus & Israel"
In this message, Pastor Geoff preaches verse by verse through this summary paragraph in Mark's gospel. It is a transitional paragraph concluding Mark 2.1 - 3:6 focusing on "CONFLICT." And it also is preparing for the main pivot/turning point in the book (Mark 3.10-20 -- the public, official rejection: The blasphemy of the Spirit).
In this account, we see 4 things about your Savior:
1. Your Savior's MINISTRY
2. Your Savior's MERCY
3. Your Savior's AUTHORITY
4. Your Savior's IMPORTUNITY
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff preaches the final 2 accounts (of the 5) of this lengthy section that focuses on the theme of CONFLICT (Mark 2:1 - 3:6). Jesus is in conflict with false religion = works-based righteousness.
In this account, we see the AUTHORITY OF JESUS CHRIST -- in particular, over the Sabbath (the central mark and defining feature of Judaism).
Jesus PROCLAIMS his authority over the Sabbath (2:23-28)
Jesus PROVES his authority over the Sabbath (3:1-6)
"Moab's Ruin: When Everything You Trust in Fails You"
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff exposits Mark 2:18-22 on another account of "conflict" in Mark 2. The Jewish leaders are upset because the disciples of Jesus are NOT fasting -- like their disciples are.
In Jesus' reply, we see 2 life-altering and glorious declarations.
1. Jesus' coming is CELEBRATORY (v.18-20)
2. Jesus' gospel is EXCLUSIVE (v.21-22)
Jesus is the Bridegroom! His people don't fast (=as expression of legalistic works-righteousness and/or mourning/despair). Rather, when the Bridegroom is taken, then we will fast out of hunger/yearning for our Bridegroom's soon-return.
You cannot mix Jesus and His gospel with OT Judaism and law-keeping. Christ brings in the new. He didn't come to reform but to regenerate!
This account teaches that JESUS IS BETTER.
Acts 15.35 - preaching the Word of the LORD (Paul and Barnabas)
adapted & edited from AW Pink (20th c)
Find a man (no easy task today!) who has . . .
the doctrine of Christ on his lips, (LIPS)
the Spirit of Christ in his heart, (LOVE)
the example of Christ in his life, (LIFE)
and you find one of His genuine ministers.
"The Role of the Shepherd to Care for God's Flock!"
Pastor Geoff exposits 1 Peter 5:1-4 on this Sunday that the church affirmed & installed a new shepherd-elder.
This text teaches what a shepherd-elder is to be and do:
He must shepherd the flock of God that He has put among them.
1. NOT under compulsion, but voluntarily.
2. NOT for gain, but eagerly.
3. NOT as authoritarian dictators, but exemplary servants.