Sunday – August 12, 2012

August 12, 2012 – Read the Word on Worship

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The Smother’s brothers used to have the running gag, “Mom always like you best!” But what do you do when your mother and siblings decide you have lost your mind and need an intervention when you are the Messiah? it become time to think outside biology and realize the family of God is more than who your parents were but who your Heavenly Father is, and are you willing to obey Him. Join us as we continue in our wonderful study in the Gospel of Mark and ask, “Are You in the Family?” from Mark 3 verses 7 to 35. And do forget to stick around for our missionary potluck after the services.

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Mark 3:28-30
“Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” —  because they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit

It has become easy to classify Jesus as teacher who spoke timeless ethical truths, or a failed Jewish revolutionary or just another Jewish prophet who’s message was rejected by the people as many prophets before Him. However, the accusations by enemies of Jesus should tell us the only reasonable explanation for their deep hostility for Jesus was His own claims that what He did was by the manifested power of God’s Spirit through Him. C.S. Lewis was right when he wrote in Mere Christianity, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon, or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

In his gospel, Mark continually confronts us with the question, “Who is Jesus?” For those who flock to Jesus for healings and signs, He is the performer of the miraculous. The demons acknowledge Him as the Son of God. Jesus is the agent of Satan to those in religious authority. And to His own family, Jesus is someone who is out of His mind. The job of the reader of this gospel is to determine, based on the evidence, which is right. Either Jesus is the Son of God or He truly is unclean and an agent of the evil one sent to mislead and provide false hope.

This is not an argument we will win based on abstract ideas or shouting matches designed more to win the debate over our enemies than to win over our enemies to Christ. The battle for the soul is not won by conventional means but by understanding that the battle is won by Spirit inspired conversations which entice people to think together with Christ, not against Him. The avenue our Lord takes is through the use of parables to provide common ground between the participants so the Spirit can enlighten their heart as they in turn are willing to open their minds to God.

Jesus has thrown the door wide open to all who want to follow Him. Anyone who does the will of God is a welcome member of His family. Jesus redefines the definition of family beyond simple biology or genealogy. Biological family relationships are not based on choice. Becoming a member of the family of God is a choice. The only membership requirement in the messianic family is obeying God, whose commands are defined by what Jesus did and taught. If you are not sure of your relationship to Jesus Christ, I strongly encourage you to speak to one of the Elders or a good Christian friend to see if you are in the family of the loving Savior.