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- A VERY important story
- Today's Scripture: Matthew 14:13-21
- "He had compassion..."
- "YOU give them something to eat..."
- "...12 baskets of leftovers!"
Matthew 14:13-21 (CEB)
13 When Jesus heard about [the execution of] John [the Baptist], he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. When the crowds learned this, they followed him on foot from the cities. 14 When Jesus arrived and saw a large crowd, he had compassion for them and healed those who were sick. 15 That evening his disciples came and said to him, “This is an isolated place and it’s getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”
16 But Jesus said to them, “There’s no need to send them away. You give them something to eat.”
17 They replied, “We have nothing here except five loaves of bread and two fish.”
18 He said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 He ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves of bread and the two fish, looked up to heaven, blessed them and broke the loaves apart and gave them to his disciples. Then the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 Everyone ate until they were full, and they filled twelve baskets with the leftovers.21 About five thousand men plus women and children had eaten.
- We make it s-o-o-o-o-o-o complicated
- Today's Scripture: Mark 12:28-34
- It's breathtakingly simple!
- It's about loving God
- It's about loving what God loves
- It's about becoming the kind of person who can do these two things
Mark 12:28-34 (CEB)
28 One of the legal experts heard their dispute and saw how well Jesus answered them. He came over and asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”
29 Jesus replied, “The most important one is Israel, listen! Our God is the one Lord, 30 and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your mind, and with all your strength. 31 The second is this, You will love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.”
32 The legal expert said to him, “Well said, Teacher. You have truthfully said that God is one and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love God with all of the heart, a full understanding, and all of one’s strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself is much more important than all kinds of entirely burned offerings and sacrifices.”
34 When Jesus saw that he had answered with wisdom, he said to him, “You aren’t far from God’s kingdom.” After that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.
- Supporters AND detractors
- Today's Scripture: Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43
- It's Messy
- Productive amidst chaos
Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43 (CEB)
24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like someone who planted good seed in his field.25 While people were sleeping, an enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 When the stalks sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared.
27 “The servants of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Master, didn’t you plant good seed in your field? Then how is it that it has weeds?’
28 “‘An enemy has done this,’ he answered.
“The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them?’
29 “But the landowner said, ‘No, because if you gather the weeds, you’ll pull up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow side by side until the harvest. And at harvesttime I’ll say to the harvesters, “First gather the weeds and tie them together in bundles to be burned. But bring the wheat into my barn.” ’”
36 Jesus left the crowds and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
37 Jesus replied, “The one who plants the good seed is the Human One. 38 The field is the world. And the good seeds are the followers of the kingdom. But the weeds are the followers of the evil one. 39 The enemy who planted them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the present age. The harvesters are the angels. 40 Just as people gather weeds and burn them in the fire, so it will be at the end of the present age. 41 The Human One will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that cause people to fall away and all people who sin. 42 He will throw them into a burning furnace. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. Those who have ears should hear.”
Sermon Outline: "The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil"
1. The first mention of "sin" in the Bible is related to ______________________.
2. Today's Scripture: Genesis 4:1-15 and Zechariah 9:9.
3. "...sin is crouching at your door... but you must master it."
4. A long history of escalating violence: "From the first chipped stone to the first smelted iron
took nearly 3 million years; from the first iron to the hydrogen bomb took only 3,000." -- from A
Short History of Progress, by Ronald Wright, page 14.
5. An example set by Jesus: riding the "peace" donkey