MARK 8

6 Outlines

 

Mark 8:1-7

GETTING THE JOB DONE!

 

It's very easy to start projects.  I have a few which I started a long time ago but have never finished. In order to please God, we should finish the projects that He has called us to do.

We should want to be able to say with Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:" In our text our Lord Jesus gives us an example of how to get a job done.

 

COMPASSION FOR PEOPLE - Vss. 1-3

The reason our Lord wanted to feed the multitude was out of compassion for those who had been listening to Him. He was concerned for their wellbeing.  When we take on projects it should be because we have concern for the spiritual and physical needs of others.

 

CONSIDERATION OF THE RESOURCES - Vss. 4-5

The disciples only thought of the impossibility of feeding the multitude.

The Lord looked to see what resources were on hand to get the job done.

When challenged by the Lord to accomplish something for Him, we need to consider what resources He has provided. The resources might include people with time, physical talents and/or Spiritual gifts. There might be some money or goods available. Don't overlook the power of God as a key resource.

 

COMMUNICATION WITH GOD - Vss. 6-7

Jesus talked to God. He gave thanks and blessed what He had.

If we are going to accomplish anything for God we must be in prayerful dependence upon Him.

See John 14:12-14 and John 15:1-8.

 

CONDUCT BY FAITH - Vss. 6-9

Jesus completed the project by faith.

We must go to work by faith on the projects God has given us to complete.

(A good example is Nehemiah, who in chapters 1-6 of his book completed the rebuilding of Jerusalem's walls.)

 

 

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Mark 8:1-9

GETTING INVOLVED

 

There is a world that needs Christ.  How can be involved reaching my world for Him?

 

MY RESPONSE - COMPASSION - Vss. 1-3

Jesus had compassion on the multitude, not only for their physical needs but for their Spiritual needs. Mark 6:34

I will do nothing to reach the multitude unless I care that those without Christ are bound for eternity in Hell.  Psalm 126:5-6, John 3:16-18, Revelation 20:11-14

 

MY RESPONSIBILITY - FEED THEM

Jesus has placed the Gospel in our hands to share with the world. Psalm 107:2, Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Revelation 20:11-15

 

MY RESOURCES - FROM GOD - Vss. 4-5, 7

The disciples had a few loaves and fishes. Jesus has given us many resources in order to reach the world.

1. The Holy Spirit - Acts 1:8

2. Prayer - Matthew 7:7-11

3. Faith - Hebrews 11:6

4. Spiritual Gifts - Romans 12:3-8, 1 Peter 4:10-11

5. Word of God - Isaiah 55:7-11

6. Good Works - Matthew 5:14-16

7. Money - 2 Corinthians 9:6-12

 

MY RELIANCE - ON GOD - Vss. 6-9

Just as the disciples brought their resources to Jesus and trusted Him to use them, we must do the same.  We must bring our resources to Jesus and trust Him to reach the multitudes through us.

 

 

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PETER'S TONGUE

 

The Apostle Peter was a great man. The characteristic of Peter that stands out in my mind was Peter's consistent use of the tongue. It seems that whenever we meet Peter he is talking. Sometimes his use of the tongue is very good, other times it is very bad. When God controlled Peter's tongue the results were good. When Satan controlled Peter's tongue the results were bad.

 

Peter's experience with the tongue can show us several different ways the tongue can be used. So using incidents out of the life of Peter we can see:

 

THE CONFESSING TONGUE

We are told that we should make confession of our faith in Christ.  Mark 8:27-29, Romans 10:9-10, 1 Peter 3:15, Psalms 107:2

Peter confessed his faith in Christ when Jesus asked the disciples who they said that he was. Mark 8:27-29

Peter confess his faith in Christ during sermons preached in the Book of Acts, including his great sermon on the day of Pentecost found in Acts 2:14-36

 

THE CONTRARY TONGUE

Peter often "stuck his foot in his mouth".

Mark 8:31-33 - Peter rebuked the Lord Jesus for teaching that He would be killed.  The Lord ended up rebuking Peter.

Mark 14:27-31 - Peter argued with the Lord, claiming that he would never deny Jesus.  He argued, but Jesus was right!

 

THE COWARDLY TONGUE

Mark 14:66-72 - As Jesus had promised, Peter denied his Lord. He took the part of the coward.

Galatians 2:11-14 is another instance in which Peter should have spoken up and taken a stand, but he again played the coward's part.

 

Years ago a new preacher in a church approached his deacons about putting a new deacon on the board.  None of the other deacons spoke up to say that the man was potential trouble. It was only after trouble had erupted with the new deacon that the other deacons spoke up. Many times silence is not golden. We need to speak up.  I know this illustration is true. I was that preacher.

 

Of course, Peter repented of his sin of denying Jesus and was forgiven.

 

THE CORRECTING TONGUE

In Acts 15 there is a debate over the circumcision of Gentile believers.  It was Peter's correcting tongue that helped others make the right decision. See Acts 15:1-12

There are times when our tongue needs to be used to correct others in love. Galatians 6:1

Our speech should always be edifying. Ephesians 4:29, Romans 15:2

 

THE COURAGEOUS TONGUE

Acts 4:18-22, Acts 5:29-32 - Peter and the other apostles refused to be silenced by their enemies.

 

 

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Mark 8:27-38

REMINDERS

 

RECOGNITION OF CHRIST – Vss.27-30 – REMEMBER WHOM YOU SERVE

REBUKE OF PETER – Vss. 31-33 – REMEMBER WHAT’S IMPORTANT

REQUIREMENTS FOR DISCIPLESHIP – Vss. 34-38 – REMEMBER TO PAY THE PRICE

 

 

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Mark 8:27-38

CONSIDERATIONS

 

There are three things which each of us should consider in this passage.

 

1. CONSIDER THE IDENTITY OF JESUS Vss. 27-30

Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, "the son of the living God" (Matthew 16;16)

 

2. CONSIDER THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CROSS Vss. 31-33

Peter was looking for the Messiah to set up an immediate kingdom.

Jesus rebuked him, because the things of God included the death, burial, and resurrection of the Messiah.

 

3. CONSIDER THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR DISCIPLESHIP Vss. 34-38

Just as Jesus was willing to suffer that we might have forgiveness of sins, the disciple of Jesus must be willing to "deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."

 

 

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Mark 8:27-38

PETER IN ACTION

 

PETER'S GREAT MOMENT - Vss. 27-30

With the help of God, Peter was able to identify the true identity of Jesus. See Matthew 16:13-19

 

PETER'S GREAT MISTAKE - Vss. 31-33

Peter rebuked Jesus for talking about his death. Peter was totally out of the will of God.

 

PETER'S GREAT MISSION - Vss. 34-38

Peter and the other disciples were to forsake all and follow Jesus as disciples.

 

 

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Mark 8:34-38

DISCIPLESHIP

 

CONSIDER THE COST Vs. 34

CONSIDER THE CONTRASTS Vs. 35

CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES Vss. 36-38

 

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