Sermon on June 10 by Pastor Roland Eskinazi
Scripture: Mark 3:7-21
The pressure on Jesus increases… On this Fathers’ Day what may not just dads but all of us learn from Him?
When Jesus calls you to lead:
1. WHO YOU ARE MATTERS MORE THAT WHAT YOU CAN GIVE! (v7-12)
- When the demands are heavy, be focused
Are you more driven to please people – family, colleagues than the Lord? God’s leaders learn the art of withdrawing.
- When demons may hinder, be bold
‘The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.’ (1 Tim. 4:1)
Demonic teaching today distorts all God calls good, e.g. marriage.
Husbands and fathers, careers are fleeting but marriage is for life – are you leading and in what are you investing in most?
2. FRIENDS YOU CHOOSE MAY COST YOU MUCH! (v13-19)
- To share Jesus we must be with Jesus…
Jesus does not call the apostles just to fulfill a function but to be the company He needs.
None of the twelve are exceptional – Jesus chooses and uses ordinary people.
- …and be with Jesus even when disappointed
Jesus invests in Judas, who eventually betrays him.
Don’t allow past pain, disappointment with people to stop you from loving, leading and serving (2 Cor. 9:8)
3. EVEN FAMILY MAY BOX YOU UP! (v20-21)
- Those who love you most won’t always know what is best
Jesus had the ultimate ‘over-protective’ family. Safe is often not God’s way!
- All that matters in life is that you please God and do His will
…when you come into contact with God first every day, you go through the day understanding just how small and insignificant you really are.
Remember! We have the privilege of being called to be disciples of the greatest Leader of all. He gives enabling grace to lead – and challenges small people to live big lives for His glory.
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QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION
- What happens to our spiritual lives and ministry if we fail to make time to be alone?
- Why is it amazing that those as different as Simon the Zealot and Thaddeus served together under Jesus? What do we learn from this?
- Keeping in mind the deity of Christ and that He knew that Judas would betray, why do you think He chose him as one of his apostles? How does this make us realistic about the Christian live and serving others?
- Which is more demanding – trying to please people or trying to please God? Take some time to review your life and the role of Leadership the Lord has given you either in a ministry, at work or in the family. What have you learned from these verses that will make you more prayerful and bold?
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