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WHEW!   THAT WAS     CLOSEshe nearly dropped the        phone
MARK 2:18-22
18 Now the disciples of John and the Phariseesused to observe days of fasting. So some peoplecame to Jesus and asked, “Why...
READ, READTELL’n’CHECK, TELL’n’CHECK
WHEN THE PORTION IS TOO BIG TOR E M E M B E R … … .Break it up into afew parts andREAD/READ,TELL’N’CHECK/TELL’N’CHECKone p...
18 Now the disciples of John and the Phariseesused to observe days of fasting. So some peoplecame to Jesus and asked, “Why...
1 ST SECTIONRead, read, tell’n’check, tell’n’check
18 Now the disciples of John and thePharisees used to observe days offasting. So some people came to Jesusand asked, “Why ...
2 ND SECTIONRead, read, tell’n’check, tell’n’check
21No one sews a piece of unshrunkcloth on an old garment. If he doesthe patch will tear away from it, thenew from the old,...
3      Q’ s1. WHAT HAD GOD MADE US AWARE OF ?
WHAT HAD GOD MADE US AWARE OF ?1. Both the Pharisees and the disciples of John   observed the twice weekly fasts (Monday a...
WHAT HAD GOD MADE US AWARE OF ? [2]4. Jesus drew an analogy between fasting and a   wedding.5. He said the reason why he a...
‘inappropriate ?’absurd, balmy, beyond all reason,bizarre, cockeyed, foolish, goofy, idiotic,ill-conceived, inane, odd, ou...
religious fasting and spiritual fasting WEDDING OVER                 WEDDING                             HAPPENINGbridegro...
WHAT HAD GOD MADE US AWARE OF ? [3]7. Jesus said there was another issue involved in the   matter of religious and spiritu...
theGOSPEL COVENANT   must have aGOSPEL LIFESTYLE
Beware the old –presenting as preferred because it ismore familiar, predictable andcomfortable
Beware there-badgedoldpresenting as ifit is new buttotally old
3      Q’ s   1. WHAT HAD GOD MADE US AWARE OF ?2. WHAT IF THIS WERE HAPPENING IN MY LIFE?
WHAT IF THE PEOPLE WHO LISTENED TO JESUS              HAD GOT THE MESSAGE?•   The Pharisees and the disciples of John woul...
WHAT IF     I   GET THIS MESSAGE?•   I will remove fasting from the list of things I do to try and    twist God’s arm abou...
3      Q’ s   1. WHAT HAD GOD MADE US AWARE OF ?2. WHAT IF THIS WERE HAPPENING IN MY LIFE?         3. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
3        P’ s1. PRACTICE doing whatever it is that qualifies as        a response to what God has said.  2. PLAN when and ...
PRACTICE:11 About this we have much tosay, and it is hard to explain,since you have become dull ofhearing. 12 For though b...
HOW and WHAT SHOULD           I   PRACTICE?• Valuing and recognizing his PRESENCE and fasting  when I lose the experience ...
3        P’ s1. PRACTICE doing whatever it is that qualifies as        a response to what God has said.  2. PLAN when and ...
theGOSPEL COVENANT   must have aGOSPEL LIFESTYLE
WHEW!   THAT WAS     CLOSEshe nearly dropped the        phone
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The Gospel According to Jesus: Session #9 - Mark 2.18 22

  1. 1. WHEW! THAT WAS CLOSEshe nearly dropped the phone
  2. 2. MARK 2:18-22
  3. 3. 18 Now the disciples of John and the Phariseesused to observe days of fasting. So some peoplecame to Jesus and asked, “Why do John’sdisciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fastbut your disciples do not fast?” 19 Jesus said tothem, “Are the wedding guests able to fast whilethe bridegroom is with them? As long as thebridegroom is with them they are not able to fast.20 But the days will come when the bridegroom istaken away from them and then they will fast.” 21No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an oldgarment. If he does the patch will tear away fromit, the new from the old, and a worse tear will bemade. 22 And no one puts new wine into oldwineskins because the new wine will burst theskins and the wine will be spilt and the skinsdestroyed. New wine is to be put into new wineskins.”
  4. 4. READ, READTELL’n’CHECK, TELL’n’CHECK
  5. 5. WHEN THE PORTION IS TOO BIG TOR E M E M B E R … … .Break it up into afew parts andREAD/READ,TELL’N’CHECK/TELL’N’CHECKone part at a time
  6. 6. 18 Now the disciples of John and the Phariseesused to observe days of fasting. So some peoplecame to Jesus and asked, “Why do John’sdisciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fastbut your disciples do not fast?” 19 Jesus said tothem, “Are the wedding guests able to fast whilethe bridegroom is with them? As long as thebridegroom is with them they are not able to fast.20 But the days will come when the bridegroom istaken away from them and then they will fast.” 21No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an oldgarment. If he does the patch will tear away fromit, the new from the old, and a worse tear will bemade. 22 And no one puts new wine into oldwineskins because the new wine will burst theskins and the wine will be spilt and the skinsdestroyed. New wine is to be put into new wine FIND A NATURAL SECTION BREAK IN THEskins.” MIDDLE
  7. 7. 1 ST SECTIONRead, read, tell’n’check, tell’n’check
  8. 8. 18 Now the disciples of John and thePharisees used to observe days offasting. So some people came to Jesusand asked, “Why do John’s disciplesand the disciples of the Pharisees fastbut your disciples do not fast?” 19Jesus said to them, “Are the weddingguests able to fast while the bridegroomis with them? As long as thebridegroom is with them they are notable to fast. . 20 But the days will comewhen the bridegroom is taken away fromthem and then they will fast.”
  9. 9. 2 ND SECTIONRead, read, tell’n’check, tell’n’check
  10. 10. 21No one sews a piece of unshrunkcloth on an old garment. If he doesthe patch will tear away from it, thenew from the old, and a worse tearwill be made.22And no one puts new wine into oldwineskins because the new wine willburst the skins and the wine will bespilt and the skins destroyed. Newwine is to be put into new wineskins.”
  11. 11. 3 Q’ s1. WHAT HAD GOD MADE US AWARE OF ?
  12. 12. WHAT HAD GOD MADE US AWARE OF ?1. Both the Pharisees and the disciples of John observed the twice weekly fasts (Monday and Thursday)2. Jesus and his disciples didn’t observe these two traditional fasts.3. Some people came and asked Jesus why, if he was supposed to be a spiritual hot shot, did NOT fast on Mondays and Thursdays.
  13. 13. WHAT HAD GOD MADE US AWARE OF ? [2]4. Jesus drew an analogy between fasting and a wedding.5. He said the reason why he and his disciples DIDN’T fast was the same as the reason why guests didn’t fast at a wedding: i.e. a wedding was a time for celebration and fasting was not relevant as an expression of celebration.6. He also presumed that HE was like the bridegroom in the analogy and HIS PRESENCE was reason to celebrate, therefore fasting was inappropriate.
  14. 14. ‘inappropriate ?’absurd, balmy, beyond all reason,bizarre, cockeyed, foolish, goofy, idiotic,ill-conceived, inane, odd, out of allreason, outrageous, ludicrous, peculiar,preposterous, ridiculous, silly, strange,weird.
  15. 15. religious fasting and spiritual fasting WEDDING OVER WEDDING HAPPENINGbridegroom not present bridegroom present Fasting ?
  16. 16. WHAT HAD GOD MADE US AWARE OF ? [3]7. Jesus said there was another issue involved in the matter of religious and spiritual fasting.8. It was a matter of recognizing that something NEW was happening and the OLD and the NEW would never mix together.9. He used two analogies to explain this: old and new cloth being sewn together and old and new wine and wineskins.10. He warned that if you try to make the NEW fit with the OLD it will end up destroying both. New only works with new and old will always be old.
  17. 17. theGOSPEL COVENANT must have aGOSPEL LIFESTYLE
  18. 18. Beware the old –presenting as preferred because it ismore familiar, predictable andcomfortable
  19. 19. Beware there-badgedoldpresenting as ifit is new buttotally old
  20. 20. 3 Q’ s 1. WHAT HAD GOD MADE US AWARE OF ?2. WHAT IF THIS WERE HAPPENING IN MY LIFE?
  21. 21. WHAT IF THE PEOPLE WHO LISTENED TO JESUS HAD GOT THE MESSAGE?• The Pharisees and the disciples of John would have joined the wedding celebration time and would have enjoyed getting to know the “BRIDEGROOM.”• They would have learned the difference between regulated religious activities and genuine spiritual relationship with God.• They would have become aware that God was doing a new thing. The fulfillment time was happening before their eyes and everything the Scriptures were talking about was happening in their presence.• They would have learned the difference between what they had made of the old covenant and the true intention of God as Jesus represented it every single day. (forgiveness, healing, freedom, love, acceptance, lack of discrimination etc.)
  22. 22. WHAT IF I GET THIS MESSAGE?• I will remove fasting from the list of things I do to try and twist God’s arm about something and realize that it has to do with REGAINING the LOST EXPERIENCE OF HIS PRESENCE.• I will do an AUDIT on my SPIRITUAL ACTIVITIES to see whether they express a relationship with Jesus or are simply religious habits.• I will do the same audit on my lifestyle to see if it reflects the freedom and values of the gospel covenant or a religious version of the old covenant.• I will seek to follow Jesus and allow his values and priorities to become mine, by supernatural transformation – not religious rigour.
  23. 23. 3 Q’ s 1. WHAT HAD GOD MADE US AWARE OF ?2. WHAT IF THIS WERE HAPPENING IN MY LIFE? 3. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
  24. 24. 3 P’ s1. PRACTICE doing whatever it is that qualifies as a response to what God has said. 2. PLAN when and how you are going to do it 3. PRAY and ask God to do in you what the practice represents faith for.
  25. 25. PRACTICE:11 About this we have much tosay, and it is hard to explain,since you have become dull ofhearing. 12 For though by thistime you ought to be teachers, you needsomeone to teach you again the basicprinciples of the oracles of God. You needmilk, not solid food, 13 for everyone wholives on milk is unskilled in the word ofrighteousness, since he is a child. 14 Butsolid food is for the mature, for those whohave their powers of discernment trained byconstant practice to distinguish good from
  26. 26. HOW and WHAT SHOULD I PRACTICE?• Valuing and recognizing his PRESENCE and fasting when I lose the experience of his presence.• Building spiritual activities around relationship with Jesus e.g. Bible study and prayer.• If I find that my lifestyle does not reflect the gospel I will make changes and practice what I am not doing until it becomes a valued part of my lifestyle.• Seeking transformation where I have been relying on simply trying to do the right thing.
  27. 27. 3 P’ s1. PRACTICE doing whatever it is that qualifies as a response to what God has said. 2. PLAN when and how you are going to do it 3. PRAY and ask God to do in you what the practice represents faith for.
  28. 28. theGOSPEL COVENANT must have aGOSPEL LIFESTYLE
  29. 29. WHEW! THAT WAS CLOSEshe nearly dropped the phone

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