Gospel of Mark Chapter Three: Part One
Introduction: A key idea in the Gospel of Mark is that Jesus is the servant of God. Today, we hope to discuss Jesus' power of deformity and demons as well as His personnel.
Read Mark 3:1-6
8. Over Deformity. In this first section of the third chapter of the Gospel of Mark Jesus sees a man with a shriveled hand.
He heals the man on the Sabbath, in spite of the religious leader's opposition. The religious leaders joined forces with a political sect and plotted how to kill Jesus.
- Seeing and Responding to Needs. - Notice in vs. 3 of the third chapter of the Gospel of Mark that Jesus saw the man with a shriveled hand in the church of the day.
We should make sure that we don't get so caught up in our church activities that we stop seeing people with issues. One shriveled
hand was manageable but yet dysfunctional.
There are too many people who have manageable problems that are beginning to treat them as normal. Single parents, shacking, poor public education, preventable hypertension, and being broke are some examples of problems that are preventable.
The list could go on of things that we can live with but should not be treated as normative. Let's work on seeing and responding to the needs of people in our church gatherings.
- Keep first things first.- Notice in vs. 5 that Jesus was angry and deeply distressed by how the religious leaders put secondary matters like their traditions over primary matters like meeting the need of the man, now.
We learned from the the Gospel of Mark that whenever we put secondary items in front of primary items, Jesus is angered and deeply distressed. Let's make sure we keep first things first. Genuine worship is more important than traditional worship.
Coming to church and growing is more important than dress code. Winning people to Christ and helping them become disciples is more important than filling the calendar up with more and more worship services.
- Trust in God.- Notice in vs. 6 of the third chapter of the Gospel of Mark that religious people can turn evil and deadly very quickly. When our religion is rule based, we are quick to kill those who break our rules.
However, Christianity is love based and we are called to love those who hate us. Let's make sure we are loving Christians and not simply rule abiding religious people.
Second, let's make sure our trust is in God, not simply people. People can turn on you in a minute, but God will still be
Read Mark 3:7-12
9. Over Demons. Jesus had healed many sick and demon possessed people. In the the Gospel of Mark the word had spread so much that He had to secure a boat to keep the crowd from pressing in on Him too much.
The demons wanted to shout out His identity as the Son of God, but Jesus told them to be quiet.
- Word of Mouth.- Notice in vs. 8 how the power of "word of mouth" played a key role in producing a crowd in the Gospel of Mark.
It is so important for every member of this church to talk up what God is doing in this church on a regular basis.
Over and over again we see that the most effective way to get people to do anything is for someone they know to invite or bring them to an event.
Let's make sure we are doing our best to invite and bring loved ones with us to be a part of what God is doing in this church. If God is not anything then why do you keep coming?
-Planning our work. - Notice in vs. 9 that Jesus planned ahead. He saw the crowd pressing in, so He made arrangements. I heard earlier in my ministry a catchy phrase that has stayed with me, "Proper planning prevents poor performance."
It is important for us to plan our work and work our plans, so we can take advantage of opportunities. This is not only true for as individuals with retirement, health care, relationships, etc.
But it is also true with church and our concerns with upgrading our facilities, developing more ministries, and being a greater blessing to Avondale. Let's work on planning our work and working our plans.
- Righteous living.- Notice in vs. 11-12 that the evil spirits were right about Jesus being the Son of God; however, their timing was wrong. Let's live like we believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
Such living should be known for obeying the chief commandments of loving God, ourselves, and others. Let's also strive to live by God's timing. There is a time to weep and a time rejoice. Let's not give up during weeping times.
Read Mark 3:13-21
D. His Personnel.
1. The Call of the Twelve. Jesus appointed His twelve apostles. Their names are listed. Jesus was working so hard that He did not take time to eat. His family sought after Him and talked about Him being out of His mind.
- Ministry leader development.- Notice in vs. 14 that Jesus was working on developing ministry leaders out of His disciples. It is important to get this progression of development right.
We need to help people get saved, be disciples of Christ, be
people who can handle responsibilities, and then develop ministries.
We learned from the Gospel of Mark that when we set up ministries on the backs of people who lack the character/discipleship and competency to do the ministry, we are setting ourselves up for all kinds of trouble.
Let's work on developing ministry leaders out of disciples by both being examples and encouraging others to do the same.
- Hear and obey God's will. - Notice in vss. 20-21 that Jesus and His disciples were so engaged in ministry that they appeared to be mad to onlookers.
Surely we ought not to be in the habit of abusing our bodies, by not giving it proper nutrition. However, there are times when we feel moved to take advantage of a moment.
And these times can be misunderstood by those who don't understand. Let's strive to hear and obey God's will for our lives, even when others don't understand.
Conclusion: Let's work on being servants of God. God has much for those who obey His will.
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