SERMON TEXT: Mark 6:7-13
JESUS MAKES PREACHERS EFFECTIVE
I. by not allowing the preacher or hearers to focus on externals;
II. and by having them speak a message of repentance.
7Jesus called the Twelve and began to send them out two by two. He gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8He instructed them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their money belts. 9They were to put on sandals but not to wear two coats. 10He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that area. 11Any place that will not receive you or listen to you, as you leave there, shake off the dust that is under your feet as a testimony against them.”
12They went out and preached that people should repent. 13They also drove out many demons. They anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
SERMON TEXT: Mark 6:1-6
I. There are some things that surprise us about Jesus.
II. There are some things that surprise Jesus about us.
Jesus left there and went to his hometown. His disciples followed him. 2When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue. Many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did this man learn these things? What is this wisdom that has been given to this man? How is it that miracles such as these are performed by his hands? 3Isn’t this the carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
4Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own house.” 5He could not do any miracles there except to lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6He was surprised at their unbelief. Then he went around the villages teaching.
SERMON TEXT: Lamentations 3:22-33
"THE LORD IS MY PORTION"
I. I should say this _________(when).
II. I should say this ___________(because).
22By the mercies of the Lord we are not consumed, for his compassions do not fail.
23They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.
24My soul says, “The Lord is my portion. Therefore, I will hope in him.”
25The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
26It is good to hope quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
27It is good for a man that he bears a yoke early in his life.
28Let him sit alone and be silent, because the Lord has laid this upon him.
29Let him stick his face in the dust. Perhaps there still is hope.
30Let him turn his cheek toward the one who strikes him. Let him be filled with disgrace.
31For the Lord will not push us away forever.
32Even though he brings grief, he will show compassion on the basis of his great mercy.
33Certainly, it is not what his heart desires when he causes affliction,
when he brings grief to the children of men.
SERMON TEXT: Mark 4:26-34
GOD GROWS HIS KINGDOM
I: In his way
II: With great results
26He said, “The kingdom of God is like this: A man scatters seed on the ground, 27and while he sleeps and rises, night and day the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28The ground produces fruit on its own: first the blade, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29When the crop is ready, he swings the sickle without delay, because the harvest has come.”
30Then he said, “To what should we compare the kingdom of God? Or with what parable may we picture it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which when sown on the ground is one of the smallest of all the seeds planted in the ground. 32Yet when it is planted, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches so that the birds of the sky can nest under its shade.”
33With many similar parables he continued to speak the word to them, as much as they were able to hear. 34He did not speak to them without a parable. But when he was alone with his disciples, he explained everything to them.
SERMON TEXT: Mark 4:35-41
THE TEACHER DOES CARE IF WE DROWN
I. He gives "world problems" to make His Word practical.
II. He demonstrates the power of His Word to solve those problems.
35On that day, when evening came, Jesus said to them, “Let’s go over to the other side.” 36After leaving the crowd behind, the disciples took him along in the boat, just as he was. Other small boats also followed him. 37A great windstorm arose, and the waves were splashing into the boat, so that the boat was quickly filling up. 38Jesus himself was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. They woke him and said, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are about to drown?”
39Then he got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” The wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still lack faith?”
41They were filled with awe and said to one another, “Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey him!”