The Way of Jesus Part 4

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Sermon by pastor Glenn Harvison, March 18, 2012

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The Way of Jesus Part 4

  1. 1. “Salty Servants” Mark 9:30-50
  2. 2. The Heart of Mark: The Way• Begins with the healing of the blind man from Bethsaida, Mark 8• Concludes with the healing of blind Bartimaeus, Mark 10
  3. 3. The Heart of Mark: The Way• Jesus is leading the disciples on a physical journey from Galilee to Jerusalem• On the way, He’s teaching us about His Messiahship and our discipleship
  4. 4. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”1. “Salty servants” recognize that Jesus is the Great One in the room
  5. 5. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”1. “Salty servants” recognize that Jesus is the Great One in the room Two things to appreciate: – The value of salt in the ancient world
  6. 6. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”1. “Salty servants” recognize that Jesus is the Great One in the room Two things to appreciate: – The value of salt in the ancient world – The importance of “rank” in Eastern culture
  7. 7. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”1. “Salty servants” recognize that Jesus is the Great One in the room What is the criterion for determining “rank” in the Kingdom of Heaven?
  8. 8. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”1. “Salty servants” recognize that Jesus is the Great One in the room Questions of our importance are of no importance, because no one really ranks after Jesus!
  9. 9. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”2. “Salty servants” regard every fellow believer as important because they belong to the Father
  10. 10. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”2. “Salty servants” regard every fellow believer as important because they belong to the Father In the KOH, we are all equally worthless and priceless at the same time!
  11. 11. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”2. “Salty servants” regard every fellow believer as important because they belong to the Father – “Salty servants” extend their hands to receive every fellow believer with equal dignity
  12. 12. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”2. “Salty servants” regard every fellow believer as important because they belong to the Father – “Salty servants” extend helping hands of kindness to those in need
  13. 13. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”3. “Salty servants” rejoice over the discipleship and ministry of others
  14. 14. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”3. “Salty servants” rejoice over the discipleship and ministry of others – “Salty servants” realize that there is no room for rivalry in the KOH
  15. 15. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”3. “Salty servants” rejoice over the discipleship and ministry of others – “Salty servants” are not smug about their spirituality
  16. 16. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”3. “Salty servants” rejoice over the discipleship and ministry of others – “Salty servants” refuse to put up roadblocks to other’s ministries
  17. 17. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”4. “Salty servants” take responsibility for others by taking responsibility for themselves
  18. 18. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”4. “Salty servants” take responsibility for others by taking responsibility for themselves Don’t take Jesus’ words literally, but do take them to heart!
  19. 19. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”4. “Salty servants” take responsibility for others by taking responsibility for themselves Two reasons to perfect holiness: –Our eternal destiny is at stake!
  20. 20. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”4. “Salty servants” take responsibility for others by taking responsibility for themselves Two reasons to perfect holiness: –Our eternal destiny is at stake! –Other’s eternal destiny is at stake!
  21. 21. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”5. “Salty servants” endure trials and persecution for Jesus’ sake “Everyone will be salted with fire”
  22. 22. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”5. “Salty servants” endure trials and persecution for Jesus’ sake God will purify every one of Jesus’ followers through trials and persecution
  23. 23. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”5. “Salty servants” endure trials and persecution for Jesus’ sake “Endure hardship as discipline, for the Lord chastens those He loves.”
  24. 24. 5 Qualities of “Salty Servants”5. “Salty servants” endure trials and persecution for Jesus’ sake “Do not think it strange when fiery trials come upon you”
  25. 25. Are you “worth your salt”?

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