Sunday Recap Vol. 1.9

From the Desk of Senior Pastor, Will Spokes

Friend of Sinners

Verse 1
Redeemer! wither should I flee,
Or how escape the wrath to come?
The weary sinner flies to Thee
For shelter from impending doom;
Smile on me, Gracious Lord,
And show thyself a friend of sinners now,
Smile on me, Gracious Lord,
And show thyself a friend of sinners now.

Verse 2
Beneath the shadow of Thy cross,
The heavy laden soul finds rest
I would esteem the world but dross
So I might be of Christ possessed
I'd seek my ev'ry Joy in Thee
Be thou both life and light to me
I'd seek my ev'ry Joy in Thee
Be thou both life and light to me.

Welcome to the Red Mountain Sunday Recap! 

The Sunday Recap is a brief fly-by of what we did during Sunday worship. Did anything land with you from worship on Sunday? What did it make you think? How did it make you feel? Did God "show up" in any particular way that has left an impression on you?
 

Q&A: Westminster Shorter Catechism

Q. 11. What are God's works of providence?
A. God's works of providence are, his most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures and all their actions.

The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. - Psalm 145:17

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:38-39

Food For Thought:
We don't figure Jesus out, we don't search Jesus out, we don't get Jesus on our terms. Jesus and the salvation that he embodied are not consumer items. - Eugene Peterson

And Jesus said to them, 'Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.' - Mark 4:24-25

Repentance means turning from as much as you know of your sin to give as much as you know of yourself to as much as you know of your God! - J.I. Packer

Listen To This Weeks Sermon: "Offended By Jesus"

Sermon Text: Mark 6:1-13
1 He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” 5 And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And he marveled because of their unbelief.
And he went about among the villages teaching.
7 And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8 He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts—9 but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. 10 And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. 11 And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” 12 So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. 13 And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.

Sermon Outline

  1. Why people were offended by Jesus?

  2. How do you follow Jesus when you are rejected for doing so?

  3. Where do you find the acceptance you need to follow Jesus even if it offends and leads to rejection?

Sermon Summary
The key word in this passage comes straight out of verse 3: And they took offense at him. The word translated "offense" is where we get our word "scandal." In other words, the people of Jesus' hometown were scandalized by him. Their questions in verses 2-3 illustrate something each of us either has or will experience. We want something other than what God gives. "The greatest obstacle to faith is not the failure of God to act but the unwillingness of the human heart to accept the God who condescends to us in only a carpenter, the son of Mary." (Edwards, p. 174)

And they took offense at him. (v. 3) By moving seamlessly from Jesus' visit home to the sending of the 12 to further his mission, Mark can only mean one thing. Those who follow Jesus and represent him will offend people and even be rejected. (v. 11) Unfortunately the Christian church has offended many for reasons very different from the kind of offense and rejection we read of in this passage. The offense of the gospel is very specific. It is offense at Jesus (v. 3). It is offense at his person, his work, and his word.

What then does it look like to follow Jesus, to represent him even when to do so may offend and even lead to rejection? Jesus gives us three basic principles in his directions to his disciples in verses 8-11. First, walk by faith, not by sight. For the Disciples this meant take only the bare essentials for their journey. For us it means trusting Jesus to go before us, to establish the work of our hands rather than relying on our resources and abilities. (v. 8-9) Second, be present where you are and love those right in front of you. (v. 10) Third, know when to walk away. (v. 11) "Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer each person." (Col. 4:5-6)

How is this possible? Where do we find the acceptance, the joy, the confidence and the humility to follow Jesus and love others with this good news? Only in the rejection of Jesus for us. "He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not." (Is. 53:3) Jesus endured the rejection we deserve. He took our offended hearts and owned them as his own so that through faith in him we might always know the Father's acceptance.

One final question. Why do you need to be offended by Jesus? First, it is necessary to a vital relationship with him. "Only if your God can say things [and do things] that [offend] you and make you struggle (as in a real friendship or marriage!) will you know that you have gotten hold of a real God and not a figment of your imagination." (Keller, p. 118)

Second, it is necessary to humbly and confidently represent him to others who are offended at him. Unless you have been offended by Jesus, you will not be able to wisely and compassionately engage with others who are offended by him. Therefore, following Jesus and loving others begins with a life changing encounter with God in Jesus Christ, the carpenter, the son of Mary.

Reflection Questions

  1. What was new or compelling to you? What stood out to you from this passage?

  2. What questions does this passage raise for you?

  3. Was there anything that bothered you?

  4. What were the people offended at? 

  5. Have you ever offended someone for following and trusting in Jesus? What was the person offended at? How did you handle it?

  6. Why is it necessary for you to be offended by Jesus?

Suggested Resources & The Week Ahead

For those of you interested in a brief, clear explanation of baptism, let me recommend to you this little book. Also let me recommend again Kevin DeYoung's little book called "Crazy Busy." It is full of honest, practical, gospel-centered wisdom on how to navigate the business of life. There is even a little study guide if you are interested.

Songs for this week:
Holy, Holy, Holy
For All The Saints
How Deep The Father's Love For Us
Nearer, My God To Thee
Until next time,

Will

 

There's A Wideness

Verse 1
There's a wideness in God's mercy
like the wideness of the sea;
there's a kindness in his justice,
which is more than liberty.
There is welcome for the sinner,
and more graces for the good;
there is mercy with the Savior;
there is healing in his blood
there is healing in his blood

Verse 2
There is no place where earth's sorrows
are more felt than in heaven;
there is no place where earth's failings
have such kind judgment giv'n.
There is plentiful redemption
in the blood that has been shed;
there is joy for all the members
in the sorrows of the Head
in the sorrows of the Head