Summary: In our text, some of the people followed Him with wrong motives & some whose motives were pure. Either way, Jesus loved them & ministered to their needs.

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The Gospel of Mark #8 – “How Jesus Reached People”

Mark 3:7-19

Intro –

1. Do you like to shave? I hate it! If it weren’t for my wife, I’d never shave! SLIDE – Big beard!

2. ILL – In the 1950s, marketing whiz Stanley Arnold was working at Young & Rubicam, where he was asked to come up with a marketing campaign for Remington Rand. The company was among the most conservative in America. Its chairman at the time was retired General Douglas MacArthur. Intimidated at first by a company that was so much a part of America, Arnold also found in that phrase the first inspiration for a campaign. After thinking about it, he went to the New York offices of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Beane, and placed the ultimate odd-lot order: "I want to purchase," he told the broker, "one share of every single stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange." After a vice president tried to talk him out of it, the order was finally placed. It came to more than $42,000 for one share in each of the 1098 companies listed on the Big Board at the time. Arnold now took his diversified portfolio into a meeting of Remington Rand's board of directors, where he argued passionately for a sweepstakes campaign with the top prize called A Share in America. The conservative old gentlemen shifted around in their seats and discussed the idea for a while. "But Mr. Arnold," said one, "we are not in the securities business." Said another, "We are in the shaver business." "I agree that you are not in the securities business," said Arnold, "but I think you also ought to realize that you are not in the shaver business either. You are in the people business." The company bought the idea.

3. Jesus was, is & always has been in the “people business.”

4. Everywhere we see Jesus in the gospels He is surrounded by all kinds of people. We have already seen in the gospel of Mark that Jesus called people to follow him (1:14-19); cast a demon out of a man in the synagogue (1:25-26); healed many people with diseases (1:32-34); healed a man with leprosy (1:40-45); healed a paralyzed man (2:1-12); called a tax collector & ate dinner with his despised friends (2:13-17); and healed a man with a withered hand (3:1-6).

5. Again, in our text today, we see Jesus dealing with people.

6. Mark 3:7-19 (read)

7. In our text, some of the people followed Him with wrong motives & some whose motives were pure. Either way, Jesus loved them & ministered to their needs.

8. SONG – Point of Grace “More than Anything”

God loves the weary when they're too weak to try.

He feels their pain, He knows their shame, He cries with those who cry.

He won't give up or walk away, when other people do.

'Cause God loves people more than anything!

God loves the wounded who've stumbled into sin.

He reaches down and pulls them out and cleans them up again.

And He will heal the broken heart that's given up on love.

'Cause God loves people more than anything!

9. How did Jesus Reach People?

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