Are You Dead Yet??
Dr. Harley Howard
Mark 8:31-38, Galatians 2:20
Dead: That state in which there is total and permanent cessation of
all the vital functions.
I am aware that with a title like this for a sermon, many imaginary
thoughts must come to mind, but I can assure you that the question
has clear Biblical support, and it demands a clear answer on the
part of all of us. This message is not for you to wish the person in
the next seat to hear, it is for you and it is for me. It is a sermon that
I wish for every one of us to examine because of its obvious
spiritual implications. I believe that at the end of this message many
questions that you may have in your mind about Christianity and
how this life is to be lived will be either answered or made more
clear. So read carefully and with an honest inspection of your own
All three of the synoptic gospels, Matt, Mark and Luke, contain the
same call to discipleship that Jesus gave to his disciples and to the
people who were listening to what He was saying.
Mark Chapter 8
From verses 27-30, Jesus inquired of His disciples of what the
people thought of Him. Many names were given, but Peter was
given the right one, directly by God's revelation to Him. This indeed
was God's plan. In verse 31, Jesus attempts to further teach the
disciples more of God's plan. The plan of God was that basically,
Jesus was to suffer and to die at the hands of the religious rulers of
30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.
31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer
many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests,
and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
32 And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and
began to rebuke him.
33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he
rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou
savourest not t ...
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