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Summary: Jesus' teaching closes Mark chapter 4 by revealing to us the truths of the Kingdom of God and the importance of having faith. However, if we aren't willing to do what Jesus has called us to do, can we really ever have faith in the storms of life?

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Faith in the Storm

Mark 4:21-41

Introduction

- Jesus is demonstrated in this book as a “servant”

-- Key verse: Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

- Last time we saw one of the most important parables of Jesus’ ministry

-- The parable of the sower is a representation of what we should be doing

-- It is clear from Mark 4:20 what Jesus tells us what we MUST realize

∆ CHANGE SLIDE

- Very important for Christians to remember this CRITICAL lesson:

-- If we are not hearing, it’s because we’ve closed our ears off

-- If we are not accepting, it’s because we’ve chosen our way instead of God’s

-- If we are not producing, it’s because we’ve told God that it isn’t our job

- Today we see continue to see Jesus teaching to those who’ve come to Him

-- The application of what Christ calls us to do is APPLY what we’ve HEARD

-- We are going to finish Mark 4, but we will break it up into two parts today

- Read Mark 4:21-29

∆ Point 1 – Light is Needed (21-25)

- Lamps provide light and give us guidance as we live life out daily

-- IMP: God’s word is a challenge to our way of thinking, EVERY TIME

-- APP: We need to approach God’s word and look for how it applies to us

-- Remember, parables make us ask, “What do I need to change in my life?”

-- Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

- Jesus teaches us in this something common; but often misunderstood

-- IMP: Would you bring a light into the house only to hide it? Of course not!

- Light provides many things to different people:

-- 1) Ability to not be hurt when traveling at night

-- 2) Serve as a navigational method for the boater/fisherman

-- 3) Comfort in the darkness when we may be afraid

-- 4) Provides plants the ability to grow, etc. IMP: LIGHT IS CRITICAL!

- Jesus says, “Pay attention!” (v23) I’m telling you what you need to know

-- (v24/25) This is a warning to them: What you do you will receive back

-- IMP: Your life is not your own and we can’t focus on just ourselves anymore!

--- This goes against everything society says … but freedom in Christ is worth it!

- APP: If we are to ever succeed, we’ve got to be willing to stop taking control

-- We have to be able to admit that God’s ways are better, and He knows outcomes

TRANS: This includes our faith and knowing that God is ALWAYS working

∆ Point 2 – Sowing Matters (26-29)

- In discussing life, Jesus uses (again) a very common topic: Farming

-- Everyone at this time has farmed something, somehow, somewhere

-- His speaking to them allows them to see the need for impact immediately

-- The challenge is: “Do WE see where we need to be impacted?”

Jesus says (v26) “this is what the Kingdom is like …”

-- He speaks directly to the importance of sowing seed into good soil

-- It’s the application of giving the Gospel to other people that matters

-- APP: Life is NEVER going to be about what YOU can get out of it

-- APP: Jesus, likewise, is NEVER to be approached like a vending machine

- IMP: Too many preachers teach today that God just wants to give you something

-- This creates in us an attitude of entitlement, and of self-centeredness

-- This attitude is one of sin, and needs to be put in check immediately

-- Why? B/C we miss the application of Mark 1:15: REPENT and BELIEVE

- Crops grow because of the work that the farmer does initially

-- The farmer (us) spreads the seed, and then his job is basically done

-- The growth and the production is then out of the farmer’s (our) hands

-- The harvesting is what God allows us to do … and that’s a privilege! (IMP)

-- Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:6, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.” He knew it wasn’t about HIS efforts!

- APP: Jesus says (v29) we harvest because it is ripe and the time is NOW

-- Your role in this is to go and harvest! We must first stop though by sowing

TRANS: Sometimes our faith seems weak & Jesus addresses this

- Read Mark 4:30-41

∆ Point 3 – Exploding Faith (30-34)

- v30, Once again Jesus talks about the Kingdom (not about His own desires)

-- He doesn’t focus on advancing an agenda, but on honoring God

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