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Summary: Why God Cannot do a mighty work in the Church today.

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HE COULD THERE DO NO MIGHTY WORK

MARK 6:1-6

OCTOBER 28, 2001

PARKERSBURG BAPTIST CHURCH

JESUS CHRIST THE SON OF GOD—GOD INCARNATE HAS ALL POWER AT HIS COMMAND. HE SPOKE THE UNIVERSE INTO BEING.

HE IS THE CREATOR GOD, BUT THE BIBLE SAYS HE COULD THERE DO NO MIGHTY WORK.

WHY IS THAT?

JESUS WAS AMONG HIS OWN COUNTRYMEN. HE WAS IN HIS HOME TURF. HIS TEACHING AND HIS WISDOM AMAZED THESE PEOPLE. THEY WERE EVEN IMPRESSED BY WHAT THEY HAD HEARD HE HAD DONE IN OTHER TOWNS.

BUT WHY COULD HE DO NO MIGHTY WORK THERE? THE ANSWER TO THIS PROBLEM IS ONE THAT WE STILL FIND IN THE CHURCH TODAY.

I AM EQUATING THE CHURCH WITH JESUS’ HOMETOWN FOLKS. WE ARE ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE, THE CHILDREN OF GOD, AND JOINT HEIRS WITH CHRIST. IN ESSENCE WE ARE HIS COUNTRYMEN.

WE TOO ARE IMPRESSED BY THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS, HIS WISDOM AND THE MIRACLES THAT WE READ ABOUT IN GOD’S WORD.

WHY THEN DO WE NOT SEE JESUS AT WORK IN MIGHTY WAYS TODAY?

FOR THE VERY SAME REASON HE COULD DO NO MIGHT WORK BACK THEN. YES THE BIBLE TELLS US HERE THAT HE LAID HANDS ON A FEW AND HEALED THEM, BUT THERE WAS NO MIGHTY WORK DONE.

WHY?

LET’S LOOK AT VERSE 6 FOR THE ANSWER.

IT SAYS, AND HE MARVELED BECAUSE OF THEIR UNBELIEF. IN OTHER WORDS, HE MARVELED BECAUSE OF THEIR LACK OF FAITH.

LACK OF FAITH IS THE VERY REASON THAT THE CHURCH OF TODAY SEES NO GREAT WORK.

YOU SEE—WE DO HAVE SOME OF OUR PRAYERS ANSWERED, WE DO SEE GOD WORKING IN OUR MIDST, THE BIBLE SAYS HE LAID HANDS ON A FEW, HE HEALED A FEW SICK FOLK, AND HE IS HEALING TODAY. HE STILL ANSWERS PRAYER.

BUT THE KEY TO THIS PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE IS MIGHTY WORK. HE COULD DO NO MIGHTY WORK. HE COULD NOT DO A GOD-SIZE TASK, OR A MIGHTY WORK BECAUSE OF UNBELIEF OR LACK OF FAITH.

THAT IS OUR MAJOR PROBLEM TODAY! WE DON’T HAVE THE FAITH OR THE BELIEF SYSTEM TO LET GO AND LET GOD LEAD IN OUR MIDST.

CHURCHES TODAY SAY, WE DON’T HAVE THE MEMBERS TO GET THIS ACCOMPLISHED. WE DON’T HAVE THE MONEY TO GET THIS DONE. IF IT COST’S MORE THAN TEN DOLLARS, WE CAN’T DO THAT. WE’VE GOT TO KEEP ALL THE MONEY IN THE CHECKING ACCOUNT.

WE ARE TOO OLD TO TRY THAT. WE HAVE NEVER DONE THAT BEFORE. WELL IT’S BEEN LIKE THIS FOREVER.

DOES ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR TO YOU?

WHAT ABOUT, I ALREADY HAVE TOO MUCH TO DO TO TAKE THAT ON? I’M TOO TIRED TO PARTICIPATE. I DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO GET THAT DONE. WE ARE JUST A SMALL CHURCH, AND SMALL CHURCHES CAN’T DO THAT MUCH.

DOES ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR TO YOU?

WHAT ABOUT—HOW IN THE WORLD CAN WE GET THAT DONE?

WELL—I AM GOING TO TELL YOU RIGHT NOW HOW IN THE WORLD YOU CAN GET IT DONE!

I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST, WHICH STRENGTHENS ME!

YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS YOU!

FOLKS, PUT YOUR FAITH YOUR BELIEF IN GOD! DON’T DEPEND ON YOURSELF TO GET ANYTHING ACCOMPLISHED. YOU DO THE THINGS WITHIN YOUR ABILITY—BUT BELIEVE AND LET GOD DO THE GOD-SIZED TASKS.

THERE IS AN OLD SAYING, PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS—WELL I AM SAYING TO YOU THIS MORNING—PUT YOUR FAITH WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS—FOLKS YOU PROFESS IT SO BELIEVE IT!

TURN IT ALL OVER TO HIM. JESUS SAID—WHATEVER YE SHALL ASK OF THE FATHER IN MY NAME, HE MAY GIVE IT TO YOU! —NOTICE HE SAID MAY—IT MUST BE IN HIS WILL TO DO IT.


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