SERMON SUMMARY: What sort of salvation are you looking for? We often misinterpret Jesus’ saving mission when we don’t understand what we need saving from. Come learn more as we continue to study the gospel of Mark.
It costs God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things; but to convert rebellious wills cost Him crucifixion.
―C. S. Lewis
You who think of sin but lightly
Nor suppose the evil great
Here may view its nature rightly,
Here its guilt may estimate.
When are we closest to God? When we see ourselves as we really are.
Daniel 7:1, 9–10, 13–14
1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel saw a dream and visions of his head as he lay in his bed. Then he wrote down the dream and told the sum of the matter.
9 “As I looked, thrones were placed,
and the Ancient of Days took his seat;
his clothing was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames;
its wheels were burning fire.
10 A stream of fire issued
and came out from before him;
a thousand thousands served him,
and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him;
the court sat in judgment,
and the books were opened.
13 … And behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
14 And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed.
27 And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.”29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30 And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.
31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
CONFESSION OF SIN:
Father, you have shown us the way of life through your Son, Jesus Christ.
We confess that we are slow to learn from him,
reluctant to follow him,
and hesitant to tell others about him.
Have mercy on us, Lord, and forgive us. Renew us by your Holy Spirit and make us more like Jesus.
SONG TO CONSIDER: