by Donald Cantrell

Shackling the Sovereign Son of God
Donald Cantrell
Mark 6:1-6

I - The Countrymen that were Depicted (1)
II - The Conversation that was Demeaning (2)
III - The Criticism that was Defaming (3)
IV - The Charge that was Damaging (4)
V - The Condition that was Depleting (5)
VI - The Course that was Disturbing (6)

This sermon contains a fully alliterated outline with sub-points.

Theme: ''The danger of unbelief and resistance of Jesus Christ''


P. T. Barnum was not only a great showman but something of a homely philosopher. He once observed that more people were humbugged into believing too little than were humbugged into believing too much. The danger today is that people will be humbugged into believing nothing.

Years ago a great Christian scholar, Dr. Franz Delitzsch of Leipzig University, made this prediction. Speaking to his students, he said: ''Young men, the battle is now raging around the Old Testament. Soon it will pass into the New Testament field-it is already beginning there. Finally it will press forward to the citadel of your faith, the Person of Jesus Christ. There the last struggle will occur. I shall not be here then, but some of you will. Be true to Christ, stand up for him, preach Christ and him crucified.


Important lessons are given by this alternation of the two ideas of faith and unbelief, obedience and disobedience. Disobedience is the root of unbelief. Unbelief is the mother of further disobedience. Faith is voluntary submission within a person's own power. If faith is not exercised, the true cause lies deeper than all intellectual reasons. It lies in the moral aversion of human will and in the pride of independence, which says, ''who is Lord over us? Why should we have to depend on Jesus Christ?'' As faith is obedience and submission, so faith breeds obedience, but unbelief leads on to higher-handed rebellion. With dreadful reciprocity of influence, the less one trusts, the more he disobey ...

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