TRUTH: God is faithful to what He says! 1. God can be trusted to keep His promises! a. He fulfilled His promise to send a Messiah -John Mark was a witness Mark 1:1 :: The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. -The prophets bore witness Mark 1:2-3 :: As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” b. He fulfilled His promise to send a messenger -John the Baptist came to prepare Mark 1:4a :: John appeared, 2. John responded with His own faithfulness! a. He was faithful to the message Mark 1:4b :: baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. b. He was humble Mark 1:6-8 :: Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Servant King - Proven Faithful
TRUTH: God is faithful to what He says!
August 12, 2018 • Jason Smith
Servant King - A Plan to Love
TRUTH: Jesus is always ready to love those in need • December 9, 2018 • Jason Smith
TRUTH: Jesus is always ready to love those in need Jesus understood that to be able to minister to others we must… 1. Be rested Mark 3:7 :: Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea Mark 3:13 :: And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. 2. Be ready Mark 3:9 :: And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, 3. Be resourceful Mark 3:14 :: And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 4. Be resilient Mark 3:19-21 :: and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”
Servant King - Religion v. Relationship
TRUTH: Jesus elevates relationship over religion • December 2, 2018 • Jason Smith
TRUTH: Jesus elevates relationship over religion 1. Religion steals joy Mark 2:18-22 :: Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.” 2. Religion removes us from grace Mark 2:23-28 :: One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?” And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.” 3. Religion often keeps us from doing good Mark 3:1-6 :: Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
Servant King - Scandal of Grace
TRUTH: Jesus chooses those who are willing to recognize their need • November 25, 2018 • Jason Smith
TRUTH: Jesus chooses those who are willing to recognize their need Jesus often chooses… 1. The unlikely Mark 2:14 :: And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. 2. The undesirable Mark 2:15 :: And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 3. The unhealthy Mark 2:16-17 :: And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”