Mark 1:1-8 Expanded

We’ve recently started a new series on Wednesday Nights in The Deep.  We are taking a journey through Mark!

In a previous post in my series on “study tools” [click here to see posts from this series] I mentioned a book called Harmony of the Gospels which takes the synoptic Gospels and puts them up to each other so you can get a fuller picture of the life of Jesus.  This book has been instrumental in this series. the following are my notes from last wednesday night. Tonight we will be going over Mark 1:9-13 should be fun!

Mark 1:1-6

1:1 Preaching of John the Baptist

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
“BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU,
WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY;
3 THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS,
‘MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD,
MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.'”
4 John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.

[Matt 3:6 and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.]

6 John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore  a leather belt around his waist, and his diet was locusts and wild honey.

Matt 3:7-10

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 ” Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance; 9 and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘ We have Abraham for our father’; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. 10 “The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

NASU

Luke 1:10-17

And the crowds were questioning him, saying, “Then what shall we do?” 11And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to (share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.”  12And some tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Collect no more than what you have been ordered to.”
14Some soldiers were questioning him, saying, “And what about us, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages.”
15Now while the people were in a state of expectation and all were wondering in their hearts about John, as to whether he was the Christ,  16(John answered and said to them all, “As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  17“His winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” ~NASU

Thoughts on the Passage

So what can we hope to glean from this expanded view of Mark 1:1-8?

In Matthew 3:8 we find the wording, “Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance.” This statement suggest a level of responsibility on the part of the people, especially when you add in verse 9’s warning of just expecting God to simply save them just because they are Jewish.  Flash this concept forward to our side of the cross now….

We as Christians need to actually behave as Christians. When we get baptized we are making a public declaration that we have repented of our sins and are serving Christ.  Therefore we should act accordingly. Chris has done the supernatural work of replacing your unrighteousness for His righteousness, we should in turn honor that through our actions. This concept is further strengthened in James 2:18

I will show you my faith by my works.

The Wrap Up

So I ended the class by challenging the kids to act out their profession of faith. To act like Christians. I challenged them to be the example in their class rooms by honoring their teachers, by studying, by respecting others around them, and yes even telling fellow classmates about Christ.

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Review of Yancy’s Rock-n-Happy Heart Album

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Rubik’s Cubes, The Cross, and Answers.

Welp it’s middle of the night and I can’t sleep. Probably has something to do with the random 3 hour nap I took when I got home today. So I’m lying in bed thinking to myself, “hmm what should I do?” That’s when it hit me! I should totally update this blog and let you the wonderful readers know what we talked about Sunday morning!

For those of you who want a little more outline-ish feel I’ll put titles 🙂

The Challenge

I started off challenging 3 of the kids to solve these bad boys. That’s right folks Rubik’s Cubes! The wonderful, mind blazing, headache causing 3D puzzle that hit the scene in 1974 as Magic Cube and then re-packaged in 1980 at the now well known name Rubik’s Cube!

I told the kids they could not take it apart or take the stickers apart. I also gave them 5 minutes. 🙂 They went to work doing their very best to solve their puzzle. We had other kids cheering them on while one of my assistants (Adrian, aka one of the best guitar players EVER) gave commentary of the event! Then at the 3 minute mark I walk up with my own Rubik’s Cube! This thing is old! It was my grandfather’s Rubik’s cube and I’m overtly confident it’s probably one of the original ones.

The race was one! We were all spinning and twisting and twirling the cubes attempting to solve it. By the end of the 5 minutes sadly none of them were able to do it. Some of them had a pretty decent start and looked like they were on their way to getting it… others… not so much. We all clapped and congratulated them for their efforts.

Now some of you are wondering, “Dallas, did you solve the Rubik’s Cube?” The correct answer would be… yes. Yes I did. A friend of mine back in high school taught me. Now some of you may be thinking that wasn’t right. Thinking that it might have lowered the kids self-esteem because I was able to do it and they weren’t. Look I know my kids they were ok promise. Plus I needed to make sure they knew it could be done. The entire lesson was pretty much riding on this example haha.

The Intro

So after I sat them down I began to talk to them about the puzzle. It’s kind of hard. Some folks look at it and just give up. They say that there is no possible way of fixing it. Some people try to figure out a way of cheating the system by pulling it apart or taking stickers off. Thing about stickers is if you take them off they never really go on right again.

I then told the kids a few of the little tricks that I have in my head to help me to remember how to fix the Rubik’s Cube. Rude Bevis Runs Fast. Fake Bone Funny Bone Fake Bone FiFi. Now to everyone else what I just said was foolishness. However, it is the answer. No matter how you look at it IS the answer. Always has been the answer, and always will be the answer.

The Lesson

I then told the kids that there is a big puzzle in everyone’s life. It is a puzzle that has baffled and confused people since time began! How do you get to heaven? People have tried all kinds of ways but the only way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ. However, when you tell someone that Jesus gave up his divinity, became flesh, lived and walked among us knowing that people, even 2000 years later, were going to hate and curse his name, and died on a cross to save us, simply because he loved us. It’s foolishness.

However, it’s ok. Scripture tells us in 1 Corinthians 1:18 that the message of the cross is foolishness to man. Yet it’s still the truth. It’s still the answer to the biggest puzzle of them all. The only way for you and I to get to heaven is through believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he died on the cross for our sins then rose up 3 days later, confessing him as Lord, and then following what He commands.

I explained to the kids that it’s hard for people in the world to believe this because they are use to people not caring for each other. If someone wrongs you then forget about them! That’s the world teaches. But God teaches us that He loves us and cares about us so much that even though we have done things that go against his Law, even though we may have said bad things about him, and even though from time to time we may make a mistake that we know God doesn’t like; he still loves us.

That’s the reason why people can’t understand the answer to the puzzle even when you tell them it. Yet even though they don’t understand it, it’s still the answer. No matter how you try to twist it the answer is still Jesus and it’s because he Loves us.

Closing

After this I had Adrian sing “My Savior My God” by Aaron Shust. While he played softly I did an alter call for kids who have never asked Jesus to save them and for those who were Christians yet they weren’t living for him like they knew they should.

That’s pretty much it. I was going to go into the whole post modern discussion in this blog but I’ve decided….mmm na not today haha.

Remember that what our Kids do tomorrow is dependant on what YOU do today.

Love you all!

Practice What You Preach

This past Sunday I was given the opportunity to preach in our monthly Renewal Service. For those of you who do not know what that is, once a month instead of having cell groups (small groups) the church comes together for a corporate service. Everyone from kids to adults. Generally Pastor Scott shares but since he is on vacation this week he asked me to do it.

So last night I taught about radically fulfilling your purpose as a Christian. If your interested in hearing it you can download it from our podcast (www.thpshreveport.com) in a few days. One of my points was that we have to get in to the word, because what we put in is what comes out. In one of my sub-points I pointed out that while I was telling people that they need to get rid of their TVs or Xboxes they do need to be careful about what they put into themselves.

Well last night I came home and to kind of relax a bit before I crashed I started to play this video game. Now understand I am a bit of a gamer. I’m not one of those obsessed got to play every moment of the day types but I do enjoy games. I had just gotten my hands on this particular game for my PC so I thought “why not play a level or 2?”

As I was playing it I had reached a level where things were just getting weird and very intense. I found myself beginning to get way to wrapped into it and finally had to just shut it off. Last night I had the strangest dream ever. It was very restless night for me.

When I woke up I thought about what I said last night about being careful with what you put into your heart and mind. Now again, I’m not saying that you need to throw out all your video games or go into your child’s PC/Mac and delete every game on their. But as I reflected on last night I realized that particular game for ME was not something in needed. So I got up, walked over to my computer and I completely removed it from my hard drive.

As ministers, if we are not willing to practice what we preach, if parents are not willing to practice what they preach, then what’s the point? We must lead by example. So there you go folks. I’ve made a step. How about you?

Hope for Everyman

This past Sunday was BGMC sunday so i had my assistant Dana teach. here’s the notes from her sermon 🙂

Text: Romans 8:1&2

Central Idea of Text: Paul wrote to the Romans in chapter eight verse one to tell them that Believers may be chastened of the Lord, but will not be condemned with the world. By their union with Christ through faith, they are thus secured. (matthew henry’s concise commentary)

Central Idea of the Sermon: There is hope and purpose for every person that God created.

Specific Objective: The congregation will find inspiration to tell others of the hope and purpose provided through Jesus Christ.

Introduction: Who is every man?

From Phonm Pen, Cambodia to Shreveport, La, everyman needs hope. Without hope, we look forward to nothing, but with hope, we can believe, desire, or trust that our lives mean something, or have purpose. The soul is destroyed w/out purpose, and a person with no hope can find no purpose in their life. Everybody needs a little hope. The fact that connects us to people around the world is that we all need hope.

Cambodia is a kingdom around the world from us. A citizen of Cambodia is called a Khmer and there about about 14 million of them. Most of the people in Cambodia rely on farming mostly rice. More than half of Cambodia’s people are younger than 22. That’s two years older than me! Cambodia is a very dangerous place to live, but it is getting safer. Cambodia is very small (about the size of Oklahoma) and most of the people living there are Buddhist. They don’t know Jesus.

In America we are called Americans and there are about 300,000,000 of us. Most people work in an office and are about 36 yrs old. America is mostly very safe and quite a large country. Lots of people go to church, but not as many know Jesus. They need hope, just like the Cambodians.

Transition Sentence: Everyman from Cambodia to Shreveport needs hope through Jesus.

1. The fact about everyman is that w/out Jesus there is no hope.

Example: Paul wrote to the Romans in chapter eight verse one to tell them that Believers may be disciplined by God, but will not be condemned with the world. By our union with Christ through faith, we are thus saved.

1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

Illustration: CON DEM NATION –hopelessness, nothing can save them. Because we are condemned w/out Jesus, WE NEED HOPE. OUR NEED FOR HOPE CONNECTS US WITH EVERYMAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD, EVEN IN CAMBODIA.

Application: without Jesus there we are condemned to hopelessness and no one can save us. But with Jesus we are set free from sin and death by the Spirit of Life!

TS: We are set free so that we can tell others about the hope that we have in Christ Jesus!

2. Everyman is waiting to be told about Jesus.

Exp: Jesus told us in the great commission to… Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Ill: All nations can mean our nation, or other nations. The way that we can reach other nations from right here at home is by praying and giving.

App: We can pray for the people in Cambodia to come to know Jesus, just like we pray for our friends at school and our family. We can give to missions so that people in Cambodia will hear that Jesus loves them and died for them.

TS: The great commission commands more than just telling people about the hope that we have in Jesus, but it also tells us to teach them to obey everything that Jesus has commanded us.

3. Everyman has more than hope, he also has purpose.

Exp: The soul is destroyed w/out purpose, and a person with no hope can find no purpose in their life. God promises us more than just salvation; he promises hope for a future and a purpose. 4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his[b]faith. 7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

Ill: body parts and purpose

App: there is no part of your body that serves no purpose. Every part has its own special role to work together with the other parts. There is no part that does nothing or is useless. Each part has a purpose, just like in the body of Christ. When we are saved, we become a part of the body of Christ (or the Church). Everybody can do something to help the body work better. EVERYBODY. EVEN PEOPLE WHO ARE NINE THOUSAND MILES AWAY IN CAMBODIA. everyman has a purpose and a hope in Jesus Christ and we are commissioned by God himself to tell them of that purpose and hope.

Conclusion: When we give to God through BGMC and pray for the people around the world, we are learning to do our part to help the body of Christ work better. We need the people in Cambodia to help us, just like we are helping them by praying for them and giving to them. We cannot survive outside the body of Christ and we need every part working the way it should.

This week pray for people in Cambodia to come to know Jesus, so that they can have hope and purpose. Without Jesus, we are not just condemned, but we are useless with no purpose. Today if you do not know Jesus and you want to have hope and purpose, Dallas and I want to pray with you.

If you do not know your purpose…

Pray for Cambodia

Review of “Awesome God”

So a few weeks ago Sovereign Grace Ministries had asked me to do a review of their children’s worship music. I said sure so they sent me 2 cds. “Awesome God” and “To be like Jesus” I got together with my Kid’s Worship leader, Adrian, and we listened to them and did these vids. Because of the restrictions of youtube i had to break it into two parts. so here you go Adrian and I’s review of “Awesome God”