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Rev. Paul J. Miller – Sermon Outline – May 3, 2020

Series Title: Discovering Your Life I the Life of Jesus

Today’s Title: They had not understood about the loaves

Today’s Text: Mark 6:45-56

Gospel Parallels:   Matthew 14:22-36, John 6:15-21

 

Genesis 1:1-3

 

DARKNESS (night - evil, sin, lack of understanding, ignorance, shame)

 

DEEP WATERS (oceans - mystery, fear, monsters, the unknown, that which we cannot control)

 

VESSELS (ships - our attempts to stay afloat, to control the uncontrollable, life styles, philosophies, etc.)

 

STORMS (wind & waves - the testing of our vessels, the sinking of what we thought we had control of)

 

LIGHT (truth, understanding, life)

 

Noah (Genesis 6-9)

 

Jonah (Jonah 1-4)

 

Jesus calms a storm - Mark 4:35-41

                        - “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (v41)

 

JESUS WALKS ON WATER – Mark 6:45-56 (& Matthew 14:22-36)

 

            - DARKNESS – it was early morning, before dawn

 

            - DEEP WATERS – the Sea of Galilee

 

            - VESSEL – boat, seasoned fishermen who knew these waters

 

            - STORM – “the wind was against them”, the fear of a “ghost”

 

            - LIGHT – by this time the sun had likely risen

 

From the beginning, God was in the darkness, over the deep waters, and in the storm before the light came.

 

John 1:1-4

 

Questions to ponder:

- What are you “in the dark” about?

- What are the deep waters you have to navigate?

- What vessel have you trusted in to get you through?

- What storms have raised up the deep waters and tested the strength of your vessel?

- Has the light of truth come to you? Do you see clearly that God was, is and will always be with you?

- DO YOU TRUST GOD IN THIS STORM?

Rev. Paul J. Miller – Sermon Outline – April 26, 2020

Series Title: “Discovering Your Life in the Life of Jesus”

Today’s Title: “They Did Not Even Have the Chance to Eat”

Today’s Text: Mark 6:30-44

Gospel Parallels:  Matthew 14:13-21, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:5-13

 

Where is God when the needs before me and my need to rest are on a collision course?

CONTEXT:

- The disciples had just returned from going out two by two to share the gospel from town to town

            - Jesus had just received word of the tragic and unjust death of John the Baptist

            - The disciples needed to debrief and to rest

            - Jesus needed to grieve

FINDING THE BALANCE BETWEEN MY NEEDS & THE NEEDS OF OTHERS

 

WE NEED TO DEBRIEF FROM OUR WORK (v30)

- After a long “campaign”, training event, seminar – you need to “debrief”, to have a transition

                        - “How was your day?” is a powerful and important question….

 

THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE WILL NEVER STOP (v31)

                        - it’s very important to accept this as reality

                                    - feeding people requires a lot of work

                                    - caring for the sick requires a lot of work

                                    - education, (not just children) requires a lot of work

                                    - listening to people’s struggles requires a lot of work

                                    - basic shelter requires a lot of work

                                    - clothing people requires a lot of work

                        - a good responsible parent is aware that these every day realities do not stop

WE NEED QUIET REST (v31)

                        - Sabbath

                        - Retreats

                        - rest for the heart, mind, soul, & body

 

WHEN YOU CARE FOR OTHERS, THEIR NEEDS WILL FOLLOW YOU (v32-33)

                        - think about the effort of the developing crowd

                        - think about the disciples seeing this from the boat

                       

COMPASSION IS STRONGER THAN FATIGUE (v34)

           - THIS HAS TO BE TRUE FOR US TO SURVIVE! (parenting)

- Jesus didn’t see the crowd as an obstacle, an annoyance, or a problem

           - He saw their need of direction

                        - How did the disciples feel about Jesus “teaching them many things”?

 

WHEN THE NEEDS ARE BIGGER THAN YOU AND BIGGER THAN “US”…. (v35-38)

                        - The 12 have a legitimate concern that can also serve as an appropriate exit

                        - The crowd did not ask to be fed, nor expected it

                        - Jesus was testing the faith of the 12 (“You give them something to eat”)

                        - “How many loaves do you have?” GO AND SEE

 

…..GOD MULTIPLIES THE LITTLE WE OFFER TO MEET NEEDS BEYOND WHAT WE IMAGINE! (v39-44)

            - Imagine the disciples working thru the crowd and having them sit in groups

            - 5000? 10000? 20000?

            - What did they tell the crowd? Did they expect food?

Where is God when the needs before me and my need to rest are on a collision course?

He is ready to use what you have and will work with you, finding rest along the way.

Matthew 11:28-30

Rev. Paul J. Miller – Sermon Outline – April 19, 2020

Series Title: “Discovering Our Own Life in the Life of Jesus”

Today’s Title: The Undivided Heart & the Tale of Two Kingdoms

Today’s Text: 6:14-29

Gospel Parallels:  Matthew 14:1-12, Luke 9:7-9

 

The Undivided Heart

“Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. – Psalm 86:11

 

The Tale of Two Kingdoms

 

THE KINGDOM OF THE HERODS

 

- Herod the Great

 

                - Herod Antipas

               

THE KINGDOM OF JESUS

 

Jesus & John the Baptist

                - “cousins” – Luke 1:26-38

- grew up together? - Luke 1:39-56

- John’s preaching prepares the way for Jesus – John 1:6-8 & 19-28

- John identifies Jesus as the One God has sent – John 1:29-31

- John’s disciples who became Jesus’ disciples – John 1:35-42

- Jesus begins preaching when John is put into prison – Mark 1:14-15

- Jesus encourages & compliments John – Matthew 11:1-19

 

The death of John the Baptist - Mark 6:14-29

                - This is the same Herod that Jesus was taken before on the night he was arrested

- Herod respected John, but John called him out for his adulterous relationship with Herodias

                - Herod tried to play every side but clearly had a divided heart

                                - he tried to keep his wife happy, whom he never should have married in the first place

- he tried to keep the Jewish leaders happy, but they could not get past his marital infidelity

                                - he respected John the Baptist, and seems to fear God, but not as much as he feared losing his power

- A foolish moment of drunken lust he forces him to choose

                                - his relationship with his wife & daughter (step-daughter?) was on the line

                                - his standing with Rome was on the line

                                - his standing with the Jewish religious leaders was on the line

                                - his word was on the line

                                - John the Baptist’s life was on the line

                                - His faith in God was on the line

                                - If he refuses her barbaric request he could lose everything 

 

The news of John’s death comes to Jesus - Matthew 11:13-23

- Jesus feels the pain of death deeply, especially this one

- We see this also in the death of another friend, Lazarus - John 11:35 (“Jesus wept”)

- Though deeply hurt, “he had compassion” on the crowds who followed Him to this “solitary place”

– Matthew 11:13-14

 

The Undivided Heart

“Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. – Psalm 86:11

 

                - THE DIVIDED HEART CREATES GRIEF FOR OTHERS

 

                - THE UNDIVIDED HEART SUSPENDS GRIEF FOR THE SAKE OF OTHERS

Rev. Paul J. Miller – Sermon Outline – April 12, 2020

Series Title: “Find Your Life in the Life of Jesus”

Today’s Title: “He was Amazed at Their Lack of Faith”

Today’s Text: Mark 6:1-13

Gospel Parallels:  Matthew 10:1,9-4, 13:54-58 Luke 9:1, 3-5

 

INTRO: – FAMILY - WE ALL HAVE SO MUCH MORE TIME WITH THEM THESE DAYS…..

 

Jesus Goes Home

 

- Extraordinary people begin life in ordinary ways – even Jesus (Mark 6:1-3)

 

- A prophet can’t be a favorite son and still be a prophet (Mark 6:4-5)

 

- When He first arrived, they were “amazed” with his teaching (Mark 6:2)

 

- When He left, He was “amazed” at their lack of faith (Mark 6:6)

 

 

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

           

            - Jesus did not back down from His own authority. In fact, he passed it on to the 12 (Mark 6:7)

 

            - He gave clear instruction to depend on God to provide THROUGH PEOPLE (Mark 6:8-9)

 

            - Stay with those who welcome you (Mark 6:10)

 

- Let go of those who don’t (Mark 6:11)

 

- They did what Jesus did (Mark 6:12-13)

 

 

The truth of God and the authority of Christ will not always be welcomed, even at home.

 

The attitude we hold and the way we present ourselves always matters.

 

1 Peter 3:13-16

Rev. Paul J. Miller – Sermon Outline – April 5, 2020

 

Series Title: “Discovering Your Life in the Life of Jesus”

Today’s Title: “Don't Be Afraid, Just Believe”

Today’s Text: Mark 5:21-43

Gospel Parallels: Matthew 9:18-26, Luke 8:41-56

The Story of Jairus – A Desperate Father

 

What does this story teach us about Christ?

 

  • Christ is Always Ready to Help the Humble

- native or foreigner

- man or woman

- old or young

- rich or poor

- privileged or oppressed

- Galatians 3:26-28

 

  • Jesus Touched the “Unclean”, and the “Unclean” Touched Jesus

- Mark 1:40-42

- Some day we will “touch” again – we really need to

 

  • The Word of Christ is Trustworthy

- who do we believe?

- do we believe God, that hope still lives?

- or do we believe the world, that hope is gone?

                - Romans 15:13

 

  • Faith in Christ Requires Believing in What you Cannot See

- Will we live in fear of a life-taking force that we cannot see?

- OR will we live in faith of the life-giver whom we cannot see?

- 2 Corinthians 4:8-17

Rev. Paul J. Miller – Sermon Outline – March 29, 2020

Series Title: “Discovering Your Life in the Life of Jesus”

Today’s Title: “Go home to your own people and tell them”

Today’s Text: Mark 5:1-20

Gospel Parallels:  Matthew 8:28-34, Luke 8:26-39

 

THE CONTEXT: The “people” in the Decapolis

- “Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.” – Mark 5:17

            - “People were overwhelmed with amazement. ‘He has done everything well’,…” – Mark 7:37

- What changed their minds?

THE STORY: “This man lived in the tombs,…”

This story is about…

The Authority of Christ

  • Authority over nature (in the boat) – Mark 4:35-41
  • Authority into a new region – Mark 5:1
  • Authority over forces of darkness – Mark 5:2-13
  • Authority over empire – Mark 5:14-17

 

The Power of Fear

  • Afraid of the uncontrollable – Mark 5:3-5
  • Afraid of change (even good change) – Mark 5:15
  • Afraid to hope – Mark 5:17

 

How to spread Hope

  • Hope to your own people -
  • Hope found in your story because of what God has done in you
  • Hope based on God’s mercy

 

What changed their minds?

- “So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And  

   all the people were amazed.” – Mark 7:37

Who is This?!

Rev. Paul J. Miller – Sermon Outline - March 22 – 4:35-41

Series Title: Discovering Your Life in the Life of Jesus

Today’s Title: Who is This?

Today’s Main Text: Mark 4:35-41

Gospel Parallels:  Matthew 8:18, 23-27, Luke 8:22-25

 

TRUSTING GOD DURING THE STORM

 

BELIEVE THAT GOD _______________ - Matthew 6:25-34

 

BE ________________ - Psalm 46

 

PRACTICE ________-________________ PRESENCE – Philippians 4:4-7

 

MAKE THE ____________ TO _____________, REPEAT, AND REPEAT….

Philippians 4:4

 

LEAD WITH _______________________ - Philippians 4:5

 

REMEMBER THAT GOD IS _____________ - Philippians 4:5

 

            IN ______________ SITUATION, PRAY - Philippians 4:6

 

_________________ THE PEACE OF GOD - Philippians 4:7

                                    - A peace that is beyond your understanding - Proverbs 3:3-6

- A peace that guards your heart - Proverbs 4:20-23

 

            WHO IS THIS? - Mark 4:41

- The God you don’t yet _________________is far bigger than the   one you ________________ now.

Rev. Paul J. Miller – Sermon Outline – March 15

Series Title: “Discovering Your Life in the Life of Jesus”

Today’s Title: “He Did not Say Anything to Them without Using a Parable”

Today’s Text: Mark 4:21-34

Gospel Parallels:  Matthew 13:31-32, Luke 13:18-19

 

Do you REALLY want to grow?

 

Growth includes

 

exposure

openness

vulnerability

humility

 

Growth requires listening

“If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”

“Consider carefully what you hear,…”

 

IS YOUR “MEASURE” ABLE TO…

ACCEPT CHANGE

ADMIT FAILURE

CONSIDER THE “OTHER”

 

Growth is not what you do, it’s what God does in you

The Kingdom of God is LIKE

            Embrace mystery

            Live with unanswered questions

            Let go of outcomes

            Accept lack of closure

 

Growth is not just for your own sake

“Birds can perch in its shade”

Is the space your life provides so big that others find safety, comfort, and provision just by being with you? 

 

Everything good begins with light.

 

Rev. Paul J. Miller – Sermon Outline – March 8, 2020

Series Title: “Discovering Your Life in the Life of Jesus”

Today’s Title: “The Secret of the Kingdom of God”

Today’s Text: Mark 4:1-20

Gospel Parallels:  Matthew 13:1-15, 18-23, Luke 8:4-15

THE SOWER IS CHRIST, AND SEED IS “THE WORD” (v14)

– Matthew 13:10-19 – Matthew version of same parable

- Matthew 5-7 – Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount

 

The “seed” represents the opportunity to experience love and life through humble service to God. – THIS IS KINGDOM LIFE

 

THE SOIL IS THE HEART

 

THE HARD HEART – along the path (v15)

            - Hebrews 3:13-15

THE UNGUARDED HEART – rocky places (v16-17)

            - Proverbs 4:23

            - Philippians 4:4-7

THE DIVIDED HEART – among the thorns (v18-19)

            - Psalm 86:11

THE CULTIVATED HEART – the good soil (v20)

            - Hebrews 4:12-13

How can I assess the “soil condition” of my heart?

What is my life producing? - Galatians 5:13-26

Rev. Paul J. Miller – Sermon Outline – March 1, 2020

Series Title: Discovering Your Life in the Life of Jesus

Today’s Title: He is Out of His Mind

Today’s Text: Mark 3:20-35

Gospel Parallels:  Matthew 10:2-4, 12:25-29, 46-50, Luke 6:14-16, 8:19-21, 11:17-22

 

“He is out of his mind!”, He is possessed by Beelzebul!”

 

BLASPHEMY? (unforgivable sin?)

 

“whoever blasphemes against the HOLY SPIRIT will never be forgiven”

 

This word is used 15x in New Testament.

- Luke 12:10 – speaking against Jesus, forgivable

- 1 Timothy 1:13 – Paul was a blasphemer

- This specific warning is given only in this story.

 

IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT IT, YOU DIDN’T DO IT

 

ACCUSATIONS FROM “CLERGY”

(religious authority, church leaders, pastors, legalistic know-it-alls)

 

Jesus used LOGIC, REASON

  • A House Divided (v23-26)
  • A Strong man’s House (27)

 

LIES CANNOT STAND ON THEIR OWN, THEY NEED A “STRONGMAN” TO PROP THEM UP.

 

ACCUSATIONS FROM FAMILY

 (parents, siblings, extended family)

“Who are my mother and my brothers?”

“Here are my mother and my brothers!”

“Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

 

Whoever does God’s WILL is your true FAMILY.

 

Whoever does God’s will is your true family, your true CHURCH

 

Romans 12:2 – Trust people who live THIS pattern….

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