Summary: Expository sermon from the gospel of Mark
The Ministry, Message, and Messiah in the Book of Mark Week 11:
"Called, Commanded, and Commissioned by God" (Mark 6:7-13)
June 7, 2015
Crossroads Community Church
Rev. Ricky A. Rohrig Sr., Founding Pastor
All of us are uniquely, distinctively, and purposely made by our Heavenly Father. He knows us intimately; the good, the bad, and yes even the ugly. He has gifted us all with different gifts, talents/abilities. That is what we are studying on Wednesday nights what our spiritual gifts are. The sooner we find out what our spiritual gifts are, the sooner we will be able to utilize them for our families, church, community, but most important for God and His kingdom.
I am going to teach and minister from this thought today: “Called, Commanded, and Commissioned by God.”
In Mark 6 we see Jesus called His disciples:
1. The Call
7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;
• All of the disciples were ordinary people, there was nothing spectacular about them, and they were ordinary folks. But that is the point, God used and continues to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things for His kingdom and His glory
• They did not, nor could not, do things or rely on their own strength, but rather, the strength that was imparted upon them by Jesus, whose power came from God.
2. The Commanding
8 And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:
9 But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.
• We all have to take orders from someone. For those of you that have served in the military you took orders from a CO (Commanding officer.)
• While we do have to listen or should listen to certain authority figures in our lives, it is imperative that we that we not only listen to what Jesus is saying, we obey God, and let the Holy Spirit, guide us
• So they could take basically 1 walking stick between them
o This would not only assist them on their journey, but it would be a place that they could hang their clothes on if it became too hot.
• The other interesting point is that while Jesus told them what they could take, he also told them what they could not take.
o This is to illustrate to us today that when God calls you, you need to be ready
No time for packing, planning, or phone calls
God wants you to be obedient to the call when He commands you to Go
• No matter where it is or when He wants you to go you need to be ready