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7-19-09 Closed Captioned Sermon, Zion, Torrance, CA

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A Close-Captioned Sermon Pastor Dave Let us rise for the reading of this morning's sermon text recorded for us in Mark's Gospel where we read from Chapter 6, the first 6 verses. Jesus left there and went to his home town accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue and many who heard him were amazed. "Where does this man get these things?" they asked. "What's this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles! (Excuse me) That he even does miracles. Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son and the brother of James, Joses, Judas and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, "ONLY IN HIS HOME TOWN, AMONG HIS RELATIVES AND IN HIS OWN HOUSE IS A PROPHET WITHOUT HONOR." He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. (NIV) This is the Word of our Lord. Let us pray: Glorious and Gracious God, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of each of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, our Lord and Redeemer. Amen. ... The congregation ... ... is seated. .... (Silence) ... Dear Followers of ... our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In recent weeks, we have witnessed the death of two interesting human beings. One who gave us the moonwalk, and the other who told us of men walking on the moon And I'm sure that it's very easy for you to see which of these men was the greatest. The one who had the most influence in our world. The one who changed the world in which he lived. The one that will forever be remembered as the one and only ... the greatest ... the King of Pop. You laugh. But to those people who believe THAT and to those people who looked to him and found in him inspiration and joy, and motivation for their life, his passing was extremely shocking to them. And extremely difficult. To those who thought he was nothing more than another contemporary singer, his passing means very little. And so they become annoyed at the fact that they have to continue to hear about it. I think THAT very thought helps us understand what went on in the synagogue when Jesus stood up to read the Scriptures. Because He read them with authority. He spoke the Word of God with all of His strength, and all of His power, and all of His might. And in that synagogue in His home town, the people were amazed. They were amazed at how He spoke. They were amazed at the miracles that He did. They were amazed that He was the son of Joseph and Mary! A mere carpenter, and they didn't say it with love and awe in their voice. Isn't this the brother of James and John and Judas and Simon? Aren't His sisters here with us? Who does this person THINK that he is? Their lack of faith. Their lack of trust in whom Jesus was and what He had accomplished. not ONLY caused their Lord to remark at their lack of faith but they stopped and limited His work among them. He could only lay His hands on a few people. He could only lay ... no, He could only heal a few sick people and He had to leave. He had to leave because they did not see Jesus as the Messiah, as the Prophet of God. They saw Him as another human being It certainly is a reminder to us to ask ourselves: How do WE see Jesus? How do we REALLY see Him in our lives? Is He an almighty, all-powerful Lord of our life? of our life? Do we go to Him with every concern ... to put every thought submissive to His will? Or are we like those people who heard Him speak in the synagogue and dismissed Him? Well, that's his words. They don't apply today. I don't believe that about Scripture. What are we saying? Would that bring honor to God's Messenger? Would that bring honor and authority to God's One and Only Son? Who came into this world to save us? We really have to look at the way we treat Jesus and His Word. Is it just something that passes into our life and waves over us and has absolutely no affect? That we come here week-after-week-after-week for what reason? If we leave week-after-week after week without putting into practice the things that we've learned. without having our faith strengthened. We're just hearing the Word and not doing anything about it. Because then we're just like the children of Israel. Just like the people that the Lord told Ezekiel about. He said, I am sending you to a group of people a group of people who are rebellious and obstinate. They don't want to HEAR what you have to say. They don't want to KNOW about God. They only want to hear what they WANT to hear. What makes them happy. They only want to DO what they WANT to do. They don't want to be taken out of their comfort zone. They don't want to think that they could be the ones whom God has chosen to carry His Word and to do His work in the world. How easy it is for all of us to sit here and go through our life not giving honor to God's Prophet. Without taking to heart the Message. Oh, we love the part that says, "Your sins are forgiven." But we don't like the responsibility that comes with that because we have greater responsibilities in our lives. We all have better things that we could be doing with our time than working for the Lord. But we certainly want the Lord there when we want Him to work for us. Just like the Apostle Paul, isn't it? Who had a messenger from Satan, a thorn in his flesh, to stop him from becoming conceited He went to God and prayed to God at least three times to remove that from his life And the Lord said, No. No. My grace is sufficient for you. And in your weakness I am strong. Sound familiar in your own life? Have you gone to the Lord and He's said "No" to you? Or I'm not going to remove what's there? Do we realize the STRENGTH of God's grace? The POWER of God. That we TRUST Him in our lives and give honor to Him because of the work that He has done. He backs up His Word with actions. The actions of His love are that He has gone to the cross, He has been raised from the dead, He sits at the right-hand of God, He rules all of creation for the benefit and glory of His church. He IS going to come again to take US to be with Him. Not empty words, but words that are supported with His actions and what He did from the healing of the sick in those people in His home town to the miracles of raising people from the dead, giving sight to the blind, letting the deaf hear and the mute speak. There is His strength and there is His power. And do we come to God trusting and honoring THAT power? Or touting our own? And wanting our own to be better? Wanting US to be the ones to have all of the glory and to have all of the praise. Does that bring honor to what Christ has done? How amazing that Jesus went to His own home town and preached to them the Gospel shared with them the Word, And they rejected Him. But it didn't stop Him from doing His work. He continued on. And the same thing is true for us in a world that is going to reject Christ because they don't believe who He was. They don't see Him as anything more than another human being in the history of this world. They don't see Him as the Son of God. They don't see Him as the Savior of the world, But WE DO! He IS the Lord of our life, He is the ONE who has brought to us the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. And we trust that. And we believe that and now is the time for us to take that old sinful nature and get it under control. To get off our complacent rear ends and to do what the Word has said. To look into our lives and actively ask ourselves the question: How do I honor the Prophet of God? How CAN I continue to honor the Prophet of God? What are the ways that I can bring MORE honor and give MORE glory to God's Prophet? Those are questions that if you ask yourselves and turn to Scripture and study It, you will find a myriad of answers. God will give all of us opportunities each day to choose to honor Him, or to dishonor Him. Put our faith into practice, or to be a rebellious and obstinate people. Those are the choices. It's such a clear and definite mark. It's one that we need to examine. And Scripture tells us today to make that examination and to honor God's Prophet. Amen. Let us rise Now may the peace of God which goes beyond all of our understanding, keep your hearts and your minds and especially your lives in the one true faith unto life everlasting. Amen.

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Duration: 14 minutes and 6 seconds
Year: 2009
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R&M
Director: Jesus
Views: 106
Posted by: hischild on Jul 26, 2009

This Closed-Captioned Sermon causes us to reflect on how we see Jesus. To contact Pastor Dave, go to: www.ziontorrance.info

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