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Summary: Mark 10: 35=45 Making a Difference by being a bold disciple of Christ; You are not NoBody!

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Making A Differerence Mark10:35-45

Credit Jeff Strite for many ideas

Merv Griffin Show body builder. “Why do you develop those muscles?”

Body builder flexed muscles from Chest 2 Calf The audience applauded.

“What do you use all those muscles for?” Merv persisted. Body-builder bewildered. APPLY: The Value Of Our Christianity. In Other Words: What Are We Good For?

• THEME: HOW do I make a difference? How do I use the muscles (read: talents) Disciples wanted 2BIMPORTANT,VALUABLE ` but they MISUNDERSTOOD

• 1. They Felt That Making A Difference/ Being Valuable To Christ Was All About WHO They Were

• If only they could be important.

• If only they could have a position of power.

• If only they could be specially talented… THEN THEY COULD BE USEFUL TO GOD.

• Jesus taught them: It Isn’t Who You Are, Or How Powerful You Are… It’s How Open You Are To Servanthood.

• IN FACT, God Deliberately Doesn’t Choose The Powerful To Do His Will.

 ILLUS: UNFLATTERING LIST

• Moses Stuttered.

• David’s Armor Didn’t Fit.

• Hosea’s Wife Was A Prostitute.

• Jacob Was A Liar.

• David Had An Affair.

• Solomon Was Too Rich.

• Abraham Was Too Old.

• David Was Too Young.

• Timothy Had Ulcers.

• Peter Was Afraid Of Death.

• Lazarus Was Dead.

• John Was Self-Righteous.

• Jesus Was Too Poor.

• Naomi Was A Widow.

• John Mark - Rejected By Paul

• Paul Was A Murderer. / So Was Moses.

• Jonah Ran From God.

• Miriam Was A Gossip & Bigot

• Gideon And Thomas Both Doubted.

• Jeremiah Was Depressed And Suicidal.

• Elijah Was Burned Out.

• Martha Was A Worrywart.

• Noah Got Drunk.

• Moses Had A Short Fuse? So Did Peter, Paul… And, Well, & Lots Of Folks."

I Corinthians 1:27-29 "God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

• He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are, so that No-One May Boast before him."

• 2. AS FAR GOD IS CONCERNED, BEING HIS SERVANT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN BEING SUPERSTAR

• And so, when Jesus chose His disciples - they were not pick of the litter, the cream of crop. They were simply men He knew could be used to establish His kingdom.

• BUT THE PROBLEM FOR THEM was they didn’t think Jesus would want them as simple fishermen and laborers. They thought He would want men in positions of power and prominence.

• 3WHAT type ofPEOPLE DOES JESUS WANT? PEOPLE HE CAN COUNT ON TO “BE THERE”

• ILLUS: JOHN BRODIE, former quarterback San Francisco 49ers, Hold Ball For Kicker.

Sports Reporter asked WHY a Million-dollar player like him should Hold Ball for field goals & extra points after the touchdown.

• "Well, If I Didn’t, It Would Fall Over."


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