MARK 9

12 Outlines

 

Mark 9:1-8

A STRENGTHENING EXPERIENCE

 

Three men saw Jesus in the glory of his deity.

Three men heard the Father say, "This is my beloved Son: hear him."

I believe these three men received a special measure of strength from this experience.

 

PETER - STRENGTH TO LEAD - He guided the early church.

JAMES - STRENGTH TO DIE - He was the first martyr.

JOHN - STRENGTH TO ENDURE - He was the last Apostle to die, and

              experienced imprisonment on Patmos.

 

As we see Jesus in all his glory, we will have the strength to lead, die, and/or endure.

 

 

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Mark 9:1-10

ZEALOUS FOR GOD

 

Introduce the sermon by talking about some examples of people who were zealous for the things of God.

True zeal is not manufactured but must come from God.

As we look at the story of the transfiguration, we can find some guidelines for allowing God to give us zeal for Him.  The outline is the words from old fashioned railroad crossings, which said "Stop! Look! Listen!"

 

STOP! Vss. 1-2

The Lord promised that some would of the disciples would see the kingdom. Peter, James and John did get a glimpse of that kingdom.

(2 Peter 1:16-17)

In order for them to have this experience, they needed to stop what they were doing, and spend quiet time with the Lord Jesus.  Through history, God isolated his servants, so they could spend time alone with him (Moses, David, Paul, Elijah, Enoch, etc.). In order for us to be zealous, we must get alone with God in the Word and prayer.

 

LOOK! Vss. 3-8

As Jesus was transfigured before them, the disciples got to look at 3 different things.

1. Look At His Glory Vs. 3

2. Look At His Fulfillment Vs. 4, Luke 9:31-32

The Lord did all He needed to do to fulfill Scripture and to provide for all our Spiritual needs.

3. Look At Him Alone, Vss. 5-8

When all was said and done, the disciples saw Jesus only.

May we keep focused on Him alone! (Hebrews 12:2-3

 

LISTEN! Vs. 7

The Father told the disciples to "Hear Him".

When we hear Jesus we listen with intense attention.

When we hear Jesus we actually do what he says.

 

 

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Mark 9:1-10

MESSAGE FROM THE CLOUD

 

God's message from the cloud (Vs. 7) was to:

 

A SEPARATED GROUP - Vs. 2

 

A SPECIAL GROUP - Vss. 1, 3-4

 

A SCARED GROUP - Vss. 4-7

 

A SILENCED GROUP - Vss. 8-10

Some things are for the eyes and ears of Christians only.

 

 

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Mark 9:1-12

WORDS ON THE MOUNT

 

PROMISING WORDS – Vs. 1

This is the promise of Jesus fulfilled on the Mount.

 

PROPHETIC WORDS – Vs. 4

Three prophets had a consultation.

 

PROPOSING WORDS – Vss. 5-6

Peter made a proposal that was unnecessary.

 

PREEMINENT WORDS – Vs. 7

God has the final word.  Jesus was to be heard because He is God’s Son.

 

PRIVATE WORDS – Vss. 9-10

They were not to be shared until Jesus rose from the dead.

 

 

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Mark 9:14-27 

THE GREAT PHYSICIAN

 

I suggest you introduce this message by talking about good and bad doctors, their accomplishments and their limitations.  We have a great physician to call upon, The Lord Jesus Christ.

 

READ THE TEXT

 

JESUS IS A SPECIALIST - Vss. 14-19

A specialist is an expert in a particular field of medicine. Jesus is an expert and a specialist in every field of medicine and sphere of life.

 

JESUS IS DIAGNOSTICIAN - Vss. 20-22

He asked questions here to see what the problem was.  Jesus is able to correctly diagnose every difficulty.

 

JESUS IS A CARDIOLOGIST - Vss. 23-24

Jesus even took care of the "heart problem" that the father had.  He needed to believe!  Jesus knows our hearts. He's the only one that can give us a new heart through salvation. Ezekiel 36:26-27

 

JESUS IS AN INTERNIST - Vss. 25-27

He was able to remove the demon that was on the inside of this boy.  Jesus can always take care of our inner problems.

 

JESUS IS A GENERAL PRACTITIONER - Matthew 11:28

No matter what the problem, Jesus can take care of the need.

 

AND, BEST OF ALL, JESUS MAKES HOUSE CALLS! Hebrews 13:5

Few doctors make calls in a person's home anymore. However Jesus comes to where we live to meet our needs.

 

 

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Mark 9:14-29

A PARENT’S DEFINING MOMENT

 

A defining moment is a time when one does something that shows exactly who they are or what are really like.  As parents we have several of those as we raise our children.  And this is not limited to just when our children are small.

 

I want us to look at a parent’s defining moment. His son was demon-possessed and possibly had epilepsy. He brought his son to Jesus and ran into some interesting challenges that led to his defining moment. His defining moment was a moment of faith. 

 

A CONTROVERSIAL SITUATION – Vs. 14

 

Jesus had been away from most of the disciples, having taken Peter James and John with Him.  He was transfigured and met with Moses and Elijah.

 

When he came down the mountain, returning to the other disciples, he found them embroiled in controversy. Some religious leaders were disputing with the disciples because they had tried to the Lord’s work, as they had been assigned, and failed.

 

Now, instead of doing the work of Jesus, they were involved in defending themselves against Jesus’ enemies.

It was a noisy controversy.  In the meantime God’s work went undone.

 

When we do not do things Jesus’ way, as Jesus’ servants, we too will be embroiled in controversy.  God’s work will go undone as we defend ourselves, worry, and get confronted by the enemies of God.

 

A CONCERNED FATHER – Vss. 15-18

 

Vs. 15 – They were shocked to see Jesus show up, just as Jesus’ enemies were probably crediting Jesus with the failures of His disciples.

 

I believe that the enemies of Jesus, and the crowd in general, were shocked to see Him, because they were not expecting him to show up when they were berating him.  We are always shocked when we are talking about someone and they show up!

 

I believe that the disciples were also shocked to see Jesus because He had caught them red-handed in their failure to do His work.

 

Vs. 16 – Notice something here.  When Jesus is brought into a problem, He’ll take over if you let Him!

 

Right away Jesus is on the defense of His disciples.  This won’t let them off the hook as far as being accountable for their mistakes, but it does mean that Jesus is there to help, fix, and defend.

 

Jesus asked the scribes what the problem was and evidently there was a deafening silence.

 

Vs. 17 – A man in the crowd tells Jesus what the problem is.  There’s a boy in trouble. It is His boy, in fact, it’s his only son.

 

The man was saying, “I brought Him to you Lord. He has a dumb spirit.”  That means he couldn’t talk.  Evidently he couldn’t hear either, because when Jesus healed the boy he removed a “deaf and dumb” spirit.

 

Vs. 18 – The boy’s problem becomes more detailed and more troubling.  The boy is having seizures. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes as stiff as a board. This was evidently a form of epilepsy complicated by demon possession.

 

And to make the boy’s problem even greater, the disciples could not help him. The father is having a defining moment, seeking help for his child, and the representatives of Jesus can’t help him.

 

A CONVICTING MASTER – Vss. 19-23

In this section Jesus brings conviction concerning unbelief.

He brings it both to the disciples and demoniac’s father.

 

Vs. 19 - Jesus was talking to the disciples, comparing them with the generation in which they lived.

 

The disciples had tried to cast the demon out of this boy and couldn’t.  But they had been commissioned to do this. Mark 3:14=15

 

They had some success. Mark 6:12-13

 

Now, they were powerless.

They, like the rest of the generation, were faithless.

They had tried to cast out the demons in their own power, without relying on the power of the Lord Jesus.

Their faith was evidently not in God, but in their own abilities, and they failed.

 

Jesus was distraught with them. He was wondering out loud how long He had to put up with their obvious lack of faith.

 

Now Jesus gives the solution after failure, …bring him unto me.

 

Vs. 20 – The demon saw Jesus and seemed to tighten his grasp on the boy. A severe convulsion took place.  It seems that when the devil senses that he is in trouble, he often intensifies his attack.

 

Vss. 21-22 – Jesus asked the Father how long this problem had been occurring.

 

The Father responded that it had happened since the boy had been a child,

He added that the demon had such a hold on the boy that he even cast him into fire and water trying to destroy the lad.

 

And notice the father’s impassioned plea, “If you can do anything have compassion on us, and help us.”

 

The father’s faith was in trouble.

It was wearing thin over the years of no relief.

It had worn thinner because the disciples couldn’t help.

And now his last hope is Jesus.

 

Vs. 23 Now Jesus gives a convicting response to the father who at that moment was having a defining moment concerning His faith.

 

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

 

Jesus is not saying that whatever I want I can have if I just believe.

The man here was standing before the Son of God, and what the man wanted was the healing of his son.  Jesus is showing that the healing of the son is God’s will and indicating that Jesus had the power to do it.  What he needed was the faith of the Father.

 

Our faith should always be based on the clear teaching of the Word of God. If God promises something, we can believe He will do it if we ask by faith.

 

If the Spirit of God clearly impresses us that something is God’s will, we should then believe that God will provide it in answer to prayer. 1 John 5:14-15

 

A CONDITIONAL FAITH – Vs. 24

 

Mark 9:24 - And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

 

Vs. 24 – Immediately the father of the child cries out, “Lord I do believe”!  It was a like a lunge forward.  “Based on what you just said Lord, I believe that you are going to heal my son.”

 

But now notice how transparent the man is!

We should all be so honest!

“Lord, I believe, but help my unbelief.”

The man’s faith was imperfect and he admitted it.

Now instead of asking for help for his son, he’s asking for help for himself!    

 

Your faith won’t always be perfect. This man’s wasn’t.

And when your faith is not perfect, admit it and ask for help!

 

When our faith appears to us to be conditional, it is time to cry to the Lord for help.

 

Our defining moments require faith! John 15:5, Hebrews 11:6

 

A COMPLETE HEALING – Vss. 25-27

 

Now we see the power of Jesus at work.

 

Vs. 25 – Evidently the discussion with the man was of a more private nature.  Now the people were coming together again. Jesus commands the spirit to come out and not to return.  He uses his authority as God.

 

This is why we are to pray and trust. It is God that has authority not me.  And when God takes action there is no doubt that there will be submission on the part of others. They have no choice.

 

Vs. 26 – The demon left kicking and screaming. He so worked on the boy that he appeared dead.

 

Vs. 27 – But Jesus lifted him up and he was healed. The demon was gone.

 

The boy’s trouble was a demon.

 

The father’s trouble was that his boy had a demon, and both he and son were helpless to do anything about it.

 

The father’s defining moment came when he submitted his trouble by request and faith to the Lord Jesus.

He placed the trouble under Jesus’ authority.

 

What problem, what trouble, what gut-wrenching situation in your life needs to be put under the authority of Jesus?

Is it time for you to cry out, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief”?  Are you having a defining moment that requires unwavering faith?

 

A CHALLENGING EXPLANATION – Vss. 28-29

 

Vs. 28 – The disciples asked the logical question, “Why did we fail?”

Jesus had given them authority over demons, and yet they couldn’t handle this one.

 

Vs. 29 – The problem was so great that the only solution was prayer!

 

Jesus stressed the need for persevering prayer. Matthew 7:7-8

 

Jesus stressed the importance of believing prayer. Mark 11:24

   

And what about fasting?  There is some question as to whether the word belongs in the text or not.  But the Bible Knowledge Commentary explains it well when it says, “But the words, if original, refer to a practical means of focusing one’s attention more fully on God for a specific

purpose, for a limited period of time.” John F. Walvoord, Roy F. Zuck, Editors, The Bible Knowledge Commentary, New Testament Edition, (Wheaton, Illinois, Victor Books, 1983), p145

 

If God moves you to fast to concentrate on seeking God’s face in prayer, do it!

 

When your defining moments come, remember it is your faith that will be tested, and also your prayer life, as you trust God for solutions in prayer.

 

A CONTROVERSIAL SITUATION

A CONCERNED FATHER

A CONVICTING MASTER

A CONDITIONAL FAITH

A COMPLETE HEALING

A CHALLENGING EXPLANATION

 

 

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Mark 9:14-29

TROUBLE!

 

BOY IN TROUBLE – Vss. 14-18

GENERATION IN TROUBLE – Vs. 19

FATHER IN TROUBLE – Vss. 20-24

LORD OVER TROUBLE – Vss. 25-27

ANTIDOTE FOR TROUBLE – Vss. 28-29

              

 

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Mark 9:14-29

OVERWHELMED!

 

There are jobs for us to do and problems for us to face that make us feel so overwhelmed. In ourselves we do not have the strength to solve them.  While Jesus, Peter, James and John where away (See Vss. 1-13), the other disciples are faced with a challenge that leaves them overwhelmed.

 

A GREAT DILEMMA - Vss. 14-18 - They could not heal.

 

A GREAT DEMAND - Vs. 19 - Bring the problem to the Lord.

 

A GREAT DESIRE - Vss. 20-22 - The man was desiring help from Jesus.  We should have that same desire, and not try to tackle the problem ourselves.

 

A GREAT DISTINCTIVE - Vss. 23-24 - The great distinctive, or quality which Jesus requires is faith.

 

A GREAT DELIVERANCE - Vss. 25-29

 

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Mark 9:14-29

GOD AT WORK

 

CONFUSION IN THE CAMP Vss. 14-18

CHALLENGE CONCERNING FAITH Vss. 19-20

CONVERSATION WITH THE PARENT Vss. 21-24

COMMAND TO THE ENEMY Vss. 25-27

CONSULTATION WITH THE DISCIPLES Vss. 28-29

 

 

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Mark 9:30-41

LESSONS FROM THE MASTER

 

JESUS TAUGHT

 

ABOUT THE FUTURE - Vss. 30-32

Jesus was teaching his disciples about his future death, burial and resurrection.

 

ABOUT BEING FIRST - Vss. 33-37

The disciples struggled for superiority among themselves. Jesus taught that the greatest is the one who is servant of all.  A humble servant of Christ will receive those who are children and child- like.

 

ABOUT FORBEARANCE - Vss. 38-41

Somebody who was not part of Jesus' group was casting out demons.  The disciples tried to stop him.  Jesus told the disciples not to forbid such activity.  What is done in the name of Jesus will receive reward.  We are reminded that there will be those who don't agree with us receiving rewards in Heaven. We need to have attitude of Psalm 119:63.

 

 

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Mark 9:33-37

WHO’S THE GREATEST?

 

PROBLEM – Vss. 33-34

And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.

PRONOUNCEMENT – Vs. 35

And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

PATTERN – Vss. 36-37

And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.

 

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Mark 9:33-37

WHO’S THE GREATEST?

 

A DISPUTE – Vss. 33-34

And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.

A DECLARATION – Vs. 35

And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

A DEMONSTRATION – Vss. 36-37

And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.

 

 

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