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Day By Day (4 of 70)
Series: Mark - God's Message for Today
One of the reasons we are preaching through the gospel of Mark in our services is so that I can literally connect the dots for us. We have just heard Jesus' call to all people. This was the call to be saved, sanctified, to serve, and a call even to Himself. Now we pick up the life of Jesus with the connecting word, "then." (READ TEXT)
Scripture indicates that there are only 2 characteristics in which the world can recognize that we belong to Jesus. (not church or crowd) Those are "love" (Jn 13:34) and "fruit" (Matt 7:20). The love we have for one another is a dead give-away to the lost, dying, and seeking world about our authenticity. Think about that the next time you speak a damaging about a fellow believer. The "authentic" fruits of the Spirit (I.E. Love, Joy, Peace, etc) cannot be manufactured. If you attempt to manufacture fruits in your life, they will be "artificial." Have you ever attempted to eat an artificial apple? Authentic fruit can only be grown in a life fertilized by the Holy Spirit. The fruit of your life are seen, enjoyed, and consumed by others - and they know how it tastes.
After Jesus extended His call to the 4 fisherman He immediately began to demonstrate a day to day life that our Lord call us to. His life is a life that teaches every day living.
1) THE TREK OF JESUS - V21 - A Personal confession: I love the word "trek." I think it goes back to my days of watching 'Star Trek' on TV before it became a movie. The dictionary indicates that this came from South Africa and describes a journey or leg of journey, most of the time it is methodical, slow, and even walking. But a trip that always makes progress. This is the earthly life of Jesus.
a) His Focus - J. called His disciples and immediately went to work. This is actually how He made disciples. He focus was on Capernaum on the Sabbath day into the synagogue.
Once there, ...
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