The text for this Sunday’s sermon. I welcome your thoughts, questions and perspectives.

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons. And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.” (Mark 1:35–45, ESV)

 

Q 1: Where is this passage located in redemption history and how does it relate to us? (See this post to help to help with this question… HERE)

Q 2: What does this point mean for the non Christian?

Q 3: What does it mean for us as citizens, as employees, and so forth?

Q 4: What does it teach us about Christ?

Q 5: What does it mean for us as individual Christians?

Q 6: What does it mean for our church as a whole?

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One comment on “The text for this Sunday’s sermon. I welcome your thoughts, questions and perspectives.

  1. If we look at ourselves as the leper, I think that what we need to focus on is what God wants us to do and how He wants us to live. When we loudly and proudly proclaim the name of Jesus, it can, and often does, have negative consequences. Jesus told him not to talk to people about his healing – but only to the priest. In my mind the healing speaks for itself and needs no godly proclamation by the leper. I stick with ‘Love God, Love your neighbor’ as the blue print to follow. The instructions are fairly simple – not always easy.

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