Pastor Jay continues the series "The Question, Mark" with this week's sermon "Witnesses to Judgment" from Mark 6:1-13. [powerpress] Mark 6:1-13 (ESV)
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching. Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts— but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.
The witness of the gospel will minister judgment to some.
- The immediate witness of Christ was often a judgment.
- The witness of Christ's followers will often be toward judgment.
- We should keep preaching, because even in judgment, God is glorified.
- We should keep preaching, because even in judgment, we are obeying God.
- We should keep preaching, because even in judgment, we experience the fellowship of His suffering.
- We should keep preaching, because even in judgment for some, others will come to eternal life.
- Have you ever been judged or made fun of?
- What have you been judged or made fun of for?
- How could other people judge you or make fun of you for talking about Jesus?
- How is God glorified when we choose to talk about Him when we are judged or made fun of?