Archive for March 24th, 2009
Mark 6:31-44 “Like Sheep Without A Shepherd”
Sunday 26 March 2000 PM
Introduction: As we get ready for revival we must learn a few things, or, relearn them more likely. Tonight’s passage is sooo full of good stuff it could probably be turned into 3-4 sermons, but instead we will do a verse by verse study to see the scope of what Mark was doing and the brilliance of the Lord who orchestrated the whole thing. The key principles we will find do point us toward revival. The main idea is that Christ provides abundantly everything we need because he is the good shepherd and we must not trust in our small resources, rather, we must trust in Christ who will take our smallest offering and use it for his glory.
I. God Provides Food For His People.John 6
The problem: disciples were needing to get alone with Jesus, did not even have time to eat; now they have a crowd and no food! The day is drawing to a close and there is a huge need. A boy with 5 barley loaves and 2 fish is all the food they have. But through the power of God the food is multiplied and everyone eats their fill and there are 12 baskets left over.
Exodus 16- manna and quail.
1Kings 17:8ff Elijah; 2Kings 4:42ff Elisha
Isa. 55:1-2 contrast with Herod’s birthday feast.
Ex. 18:21,25 Organization
Jesus is shown here to be greater than Moses.
II.Rest in the Desert Place/Green Pastures
Psalm 95:7-11; Isa 63:14; Jer.31:2; Heb.3:7-4:13
Psalm 23; Isa 40:10-11; Jer 23:3,4; Ezek 34:11-31
Worthless shepherds- Jer 23:1,2; Ezek 34:1-10; Zech 11:15-17
III. Looking Forward to the Last Supper and the Wedding Banquet
6:41 matches 14:22
Rev.19:6-9 with Psa 23:5;
Conclusion: The task before this church is impossible in our power. We have so few resources! Yet, if we offer all we have to Christ, he may very well multiply our offering in such a superabundant manner that there is no doubt that it is God at work. Our task is to surrender all to Christ and be satisfied in Him alone.
These are just the notes, an outline really of this Sunday night sermon. As a bi-vocational pastor I often did not have the time to do a full manuscript for my Sunday evening sermons…which is probably a good thing as most people found the evening sermons to be more lively.
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