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Courage to Face What's in My Bag (4 of 5)
INTRODUCTION: We have identified 18 things that could be in your bag and asked the question, ''Who packed your bag?'' From Luke 4:18-19, we examined six kinds of people with baggage. In this message, we will concentrate on how we unpack our bags.
Fallen man has taken command of his own life. He is determined to live above his problems, flaws and fears and is determined to prove that he's adequate for the job, yet failure results. Guilt is real, change is necessary but difficult. Letting go of the baggage we have carried for a long time. The awareness of how things should be makes the reality of how things are all the more ugly.
I. DON'T LIMIT JESUS' WORK IN YOUR LIFE
A. THE NAZARETH ''HOMETOWN'' LIMITATION
1. Mark 6:1-6 Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, ''Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?'' So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, ''A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.'' Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.
2. Christianity's Nazareth is the USA church.
3. The problem was the ''hometown attitude.'' Jesus' hometown of Nazareth - people were well acquainted with Jesus, His life, His job, His family. They could not see Him fulfilling these words now for them. Familiarity brought contempt.
4. The Nazareth people had heard of Jesus ...
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