Sermon for December 20, 2009: Proof of God's Mercy

Posted on Dec 27 , 2009 in Announcements

Listen:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Proof of God’s Mercy

Click to Download or you can use our Sermon Player

Sermon Notes:

Mark 4:35-41

35That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

39He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

40He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Mark 5:1-20

1They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. 2When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet him. 3This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him any more, not even with a chain. 4For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him.

YOU CAN’T CONTROL SPIRITUAL PROBLEMS CHAINS AND LAWS—YOU CAN’T LEGISLATE FREEDOM FROM SIN.

ILLUSTRATION: BOY TO MOTHER AFTER SHE POPPED HIM—BUT I’M STANDING UP ON THE INSIDE!!!

5Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

LOOK AT HIM!!!!

A. His hair was matted together.

B. His face was unshaven.

C. He was foaming arid frothing at the mouth.

D. Blood was flowing from self-inflicted wounds,

E. The clanging of chains could be heard as he dragged them,

F. He doesn’t wear any clothes or live in a house but dwelled among the tombs.

G The stench of dried pus and soured vomit was unbearable.

H. He would come at you screaming and crying like a wild animal.

Illustration: I KEPT SAYING THIS GUY REMINDS ME OF SOMEBODY.  Uganda—1998—WILD LOOKING CANNIBAL—FORT PORTAL

6When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 7He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won’t torture me!” (I THOUGHT YOU ONLY FREED JEWS…WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE IN THIS LAND?)

8For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you evil spirit!”

9Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.”

MANY—THERE IS NO END TO THE PROBLEMS AND POWER!!!  LEGION WAS 6000 ROMANS SOLDIERS WITH 1200 CHARIOTS AND SUPPORT PERSONNEL.

10And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

11A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13He gave them permission, and the evil spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.

14Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened.

15When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. (BOTTOMLINE—JESUS IS STRONGER)

17Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.

REASONS: JESUS WAS STRONGER THAN THE STRONGEST MAN AND HIS DEMONS; THAT WAS SCARY.  MAYBE HE WAS A PART OF THE HIERARCHY—MAYBE HE WAS BAALZEBUB.

THEY WERE NOT READY FOR THE GOSPEL.

18As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your family (GO PREACH ABOUT GOD’S MERCY) and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”(MERCY—ELEOS) 20So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis (TEN CITIES) how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

Romans 12:1-2 1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

AGAIN, THE KEY WORD IN THE TEXT HERE IS MERCY.

THIS MAN’S CONDITION IS LIKE A LOT OF US IN THE CHURCH—ON THE INSIDE—A DEATH CULTURE.  NO HOPE; NO PEACE; NO FAITH.

YOU LOOK LIKE YOU ARE SUBMITTING TO THE WORD OF GOD, BUT ARE YOU STANDING UP IN DISOBEDIENCE ON THE INSIDE?

QUESTION: DO YOU LIVE IN A CEMETARY?

  1. 1. IF YOU ARE CONTROLLED BY YOUR OLD MAN…YOU ARE CONTROLLED BY THE PATTERNS OF THIS WORLD.
  2. 2. RENEE READ 2 COR 5:17
  3. 3. CHARLES CLARK

SKIT: CAN’T DROP ME—I AM YOUR DEAD FRIEND—LIFT YOUR HANDS AND THANK GOD FOR HIS SALVATION; SANCTIFICATION; FOOD; JOB; FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND HEALTH—COME ON MAN!!!!

YOU KNOW I KEPT SAYING WHO IS THIS GUY—WILD, SITTING IN THE DEFEAT, LOST IN HIS OWN FECES, A HORRIBLE CASE—ANGRY, SCARED, OVERCOME WITH SORROW.

I WAS SHAVING MY HEAD—THEN IT CAME TO ME—IT’S ME WITHOUT JESUS!!!!!

GOD’S MERCIFUL RETSTRAINT IS JUST STRONGER…THAN MY ABILITY TO SIN.

I HAVE BEEN SET FREE…

WHY DIDN’T I SEE IT EARLIER?  TOO MUCH PRIDE…”I AIN’T LIKE THAT.”

JESUS CAME THROUGH A STORM TO SET ME FREE.

…INCARNATION…HUMILIATION…CRUCIFIXION… TO SET ME FREE!!!!

Korey Bowie & Invested- "Favor Aint Fair"

Posted on Dec 27 , 2009 in Announcements