Sermons on Ear-Gate
Theme: Accepting God requires obeying God’s Word, receiving a new heart, begging for God no matter who you are, and includes God opening your ears and influencing your mouth. Aim: Pray for a new heart to love God, pray that He will purify us by His Word, that He will help us to come to Him no matter what we’ve done, no matter what our ethnic background is, and that He will powerfully open our ears to His Word and influence our speech. What does it take to accept God? (1) Obedience to the Word of God (Mark 7:1-13) (2) A New Heart (Mark 7:14–23) (3) Longing for God Regardless of Your Background (Mark 7:24-30) (4) Have Your Ears Opened & Your Mouth Influenced (Mark 7:31-37).
Theme: Rejecting God consists in offense and unbelief toward God, a lack of love for God’s people, not listening to the Bible, refusing to repent, and pursuing unsatisfying pleasures. Aim: See your unbelief, ask God to strengthen your faith, and trust in His ability to powerfully save you from the posture of underestimating that Jesus is mighty and true. Here’s how we reject God… (1) Be Offended & Don’t Believe in Jesus (Mark 6:1-6) (2) 3 “Do Nots” (Mark 6:7-13) a. Don’t Love God’s People (vv. 7-11, especially 11) b. Don’t Listen to the Apostles/Bible (vv. 7-11, especially 11) c. Don’t Turn from Your Sin (v. 12) (3) Ignore Who the Bible Says Jesus Is (Mark 6:14-16) (4) Pursue Weak Fleeting Pleasures (Mark 6:17-29)
Theme: God’s kingdom will be revealed, grows through God’s Word, is not to be underestimated, and has a King Jesus Christ. Aim: To grow in our understanding about God’s kingdom and pray that He will use His Word to establish His kingdom in and through us. (1) Parables & Sharing the Gospel (Mark 4:1-13; 21-22) a. Parables b. Sharing the Gospel – Evangelism (2) Response to the Gospel (Mark 4:14-20; 23-25) a. The Response of the People – 4 Soils b. Two ways to live (3) The Power of the Gospel (Mark 4:26-29) (4) Don’t Underestimate God’s Kingdom (Mark 4:30-34) (5) Jesus, The King of God’s Kingdom (Mark 4:35-41)
Theme: The only source of true Christian unity is found in Jesus Christ alone. Aim: That God would help us to grow in our unity as disciples and as a family through Jesus Christ. (1) The Importance of Hearing (Mark 3:7-12) (2) The Purpose of Discipleship (Mark 3:13-21) (3) The United Kingdom (Mark 3:22-30) (4) The Family of Christ (Mark 3:31-35)