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2/21/18 - LESSON 11—EVANGELISM AND THE BELIEVER

SERMON: Essential Discipleship Lessons, Part 2 | Mark 9:42–48

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Essential Discipleship Lessons, Part 2 | Mark 9:42–48
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | February 18, 2018

The disciples are in a spiritually dangerous spot.  They were arguing with one another which was the greatest (vv. 33–34), and when they encountered an outsider working in the name of Christ, they tried to shut him down (v. 38)!  They’ve become arrogant, so Jesus teaches essential discipleship principles that He continues here.

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Manuscript: I.Introduction Sometimes, those who think they are the most spiritually mature need to take notice.  Consider what the Ephesians learned in a stunning letter from our Lord (Rv 2:1–7).  In just the first verse, we read that they worked, toiled, and persevered, that they could not “tolerate evil men,” and that they tested and exposed false apostles (v. 2).  In verse 6, we read that they had a hatred of what the Lord hated—the deeds of the Nicolaitans, a group of self-indulgent professed Christians following a fa…

A word of caution about denominationalism

Our Lord commands in Mark 9:50 to “be at peace with one another.”

We must beware becoming too enamored with our particular corner on Christianity.  Note one commentator’s understanding:
Bill Leonard takes the title of his book God’s Last and Only Hope from a convention sermon delivered in 1948.  The preacher had no doubt that God could work only through his group: ‘I am more tremendously Convinced than ever before that the last hope, the fairest hope, the only hope for evangelizing the world on New Testament principles is the Southern Baptist people represented in that convention.’  Those who are not Southern Baptists may demur. Mark’s text should cause us to reflect on our role and other’ role in God’s plan with greater humility.  We must recognize that God’s mission in the world is bigger than we are.  We need to recognize who the real enemy is who must be exorcised from our midst and from others.[1]I can appreciate this—after I entered my first Southern Baptist Church, it began one o…

SERMON: Essential Discipleship Lessons, Part 1 | Mark 9:30–41

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Essential Discipleship Lessons, Part 1 | Mark 930–41
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | February 11, 2018

They know Who Jesus is, but they still don’t have a clue as to why He’s there.  They haven’t even exercised genuine faith yet!  Nonetheless, Jesus instructs them, and we who recognize our own sinfulness and faithlessness are grateful.  We learn His priorities and important lessons about discipleship.
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We are watching Jesus and the disciples now moving from Caesarea Philippi toward Capernaum.  Quite a bit has happened since they’ve been away.  Remember that we saw Peter’s confession back in 8:29, “You are the Christ.”  That’s good, but they needed to know much more than simply Who Jesus is—which is why Jesus then begins to instruct them on His mission.  In vv. 31–32a, we read, “And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and a…

Essential Discipleship Lessons, Part 3 | Mark 9:49–50

The disciples have been full of themselves, but Jesus provides the corrective.  He tells them that they need to serve all and receive all (vv. 39–41).  He also told them that they need to do everything they can to avoid being stumbling blocks to other believers and even themselves (vv. 41–48).  Now, as He’s finishing His lessons on discipleship in this section, He’s going to admonish them to live sacrificially.
Disciples become living sacrifices (v. 49).  Salt was required on all meat offerings (Lv 2:13), and both salt and fire appear together in the sacrifices (Ezr 6:9; Ez 43:23–24).  God also scatters His fire like salt in judgment (cf. Job 18:15; Eze 10:2).  In other words, God gives us an image of sacrifice in Scripture and one of judgment.
Jesus died once-for-all sacrifice for all believers (Hb 10:1–18).  Disciples are called in Him to be living sacrifices, which can be painful at times (Rm 12:1).  If one is a believer in Christ, though, he can still expect the pain of chastiseme…

Essential Discipleship Lessons, Part 2 | Mark 9:42–48

The disciples are in a spiritually dangerous spot.  They were arguing with one another which was the greatest (vv. 33–34), and when they encountered an outsider working in the name of Christ, they tried to shut him down (v. 38)!  They’ve become arrogant, so Jesus teaches essential discipleship principles that He continues here.
Christ’s disciples must avoid creating stumbling blocks for others (v. 42).  To “stumble” means to entice someone to sin, to somehow lead those “who believe” away from God.  It’s been posited that we should protect children in this way—attach a rapist to a large stone and toss him off a ship.  However, Jesus calls us to this kind of personal zeal against our personal sins; we should rather be drowned than cause another believer spiritual harm.
Christ’s disciples avoid creating stumbling blocks for themselves (vv. 43–48).  Considering v. 42, it’s necessary for disciples to examine themselves.  We must take steps to avoid creating occasions for stumbling.
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Wednesday night study - Spiritual Gifts Part 3

SERMON: Faith and Failure | Mark 9:14–29

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Faith and Failure | Mark 9:14–29
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | February 4, 2018

Christ’s every action intentionally calls us to turn from self and trust in Him.  Without this pre-commitment on our parts, we are prone to faithlessness and failure.




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I.Introduction Typically, as we work through a book of the Bible as a church, we like to focus on individual paragraphs or single stories.  We’re obviously looking at a longer passage than we’re used to studying.  In fact, this is the longest of the parallel accounts, a rarity for Mark; it’s more than twice as long as the parallel accounts in Mt 17:14–20 and Lk 9:37–43.
What’s interesting about it goes well beyond its length.  We’re witnessing demonic possession, a longer description than we’ve typically seen.  We also have Jesus crying out in frustration in the midst of this passage.  We also see what seems to be a delay in Jesus answering this father’s request to deliver his son.  What’s h…

Essential Discipleship Lessons, Part 1 | Mark 9:30–41

Jesus now returns to their Capernaum home for the last time.  He seeks to remain incognito due to judgment against the region.  The main reason, though, is to instruct the disciples, and we can learn important lessons about discipleship from this time.
Disciples must understand the preeminence of the gospel (vv. 30–32).  They must understand His work, so He’s been teaching them plainly (8:31–32).  He even mentions the resurrection again after the Transfiguration (9:9).  They don’t understand yet (v. 32), and He will keep telling them (10:33–34). 
Disciples are accountable for their disputes (vv. 33–34).  Instead of discussing what Jesus meant, they were arguing on the road about which of them was the greatest!  However, now they’re silent; this wasn’t a discussion that they should have been having.  Perhaps after the failure of the nine (vv. 14–29), Peter, James, and John argued they were greater, considering what they saw on the mountain and with Jairus’s daughter (5:37–43).  Discipl…