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.
CONCLUSION = Babylon is a literal city that will dominate the world in the future Tribulation empire.
It will be characterized as a harlot that prostitutes her moral values for material luxury.
The entire city is viewed as a mystery in that her future position, relationship to the AntiChrist, and ultimate destruction BY the antiChrist had not been known before John’s vision (it was new/unveiled)
Babylon will have influence/control over the world — over the entire globe.
This is NOT a mystical system.
It is a real city and system that is intoxicated with power, luxury, immorality & evil.
THE BABYLON in these chapters — though it is religious — it will exist geographically, politically, commercially, religiously and wickedly — and GOD WILL UTTERLY ANNIHILATE IT.
In this sermon, we see the key phrase: "your sins are forgiven" (4x). Jesus performs the miracle of healing the paralytic to SHOW that He, the Son of Man, truly is divine & has all authority to forgive sin!
1. The Faith of the sufferer.
2. The forgiveness of the Savior.
3. The fury of the scribes.