SERMON SHEET 2/12/17
“Marks of a Disciple, part 2”
Text: Mark 9:49-50
- Introduction & review
- Being a disciple of Christ means not causing others to sin (v. 42)
- Being a disciple of Christ means battling the things that cause us to sin (vs. 43-48)
- A difficult statement (v. 49)
III. Marks of a disciple of Christ (continued)
- Being a disciple of Christ means being a living sacrifice, prepared for suffering (v. 49).
- Being a disciple of Christ means being a good influence on others (v. 50a).
- Being a disciple of Christ means striving for peace with others (v. 50b).
III. Conclusion: Examine yourself
- Jonathan Dodson:
Jesus didn’t die and rise to rapture individual disciples, but to make a community that reflects His glory through dependence on one another. When we join Jesus, we join His family and His mission.
- Kent Hughes:
It is better to clean up your fleeting life here through some healthy self-denial, than go bearing your sins to an unending Gehenna, an eternal, smoking rubbish heap where the worms eternally gorge themselves on the refuse of your life. Any sacrifice, any discipline, any self-denial is worth it!
- J. C. Ryle:
- There is no mercy in keeping back from people the subject of hell. Fearful and tremendous as it is, it ought to be pressed on everyone as one of the great truths of Christianity. Our loving Savior speaks frequently of it. The apostle John in the book of Revelation often describes it. The servants of God in these days must not be ashamed of confessing their belief in it. Were there no boundless mercy in Christ for all who believe in him, we might well shrink from the awful topic. Were there no precious blood of Christ able to cleanse all sin, we might well keep silence about the wrath to come. But there is mercy for all who ask in Christ’s name. There is a fountain open for all sin. Let us then boldly and unhesitatingly maintain that there is a hell, and beseech people to flee from it before it is too late. It is not possible to say too much about Christ. But it is quite possible to say too little about hell.
- The true meaning of these words [in Mark 9:49] and their connection with the context are problems which seem not yet solved. At all events, not one of the many interpretations which have been proposed so far is entirely satisfactory. We must confess that it is one of those knots which are not yet untied in the exposition of Scripture.
- I offer no opinion and make no comment on any of the [popular] views [concerning Mark 9:49]. The objections which might be made against every one of them are neither few nor small. Whether these objections are insuperable or not is a point on which learned theologians differ widely, and a conclusion will perhaps never be attained until the Lord appears. My own conviction is that we must wait for more light, and regard the text at present as one of the “deep things” of God.
SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE TEXTS
- Leviticus 2:13
- Romans 12:1-2
- Matthew 3:11
- Matthew 5:13
- Romans 12:18