Summary: Unusual lesson is about being on alert, being on watch, a rare sermon in today’s day and age. Uses some rare creation/intelligent design arguments.
ONE IF BY LAND
JESUS SERIES V: WATCH OUT
OPEN: During the Revolutionary War, our young almost-nation put up an intricate series’ of defense mechanisms to save peoples lives. The plan was simple, if the British were coming, they were to hang a lantern in the Boston’s Old North Church Tower. The famous Longfellow poem about Paul Revere records it this way:
He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the NorthChurch tower as a signal light,--
One, if by land, and two, if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
TRANSITION: The minutemen were on watch, Jesus asks us to be on watch, and gives us a whole lotta commands in order to help us, in order to make us more Christ-like. Today we are going to look at some of these, starting with the first one in Mark 8:14-21. Called “Watch Out.”
1. WATCH OUT
BIBLE VERSE: Mark 8:14-21
14The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15"Be careful," Jesus warned them. "Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod."
16They discussed this with one another and said, "It is because we have no bread."
17Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: "Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? 19When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?"
"Twelve," they replied.
20"And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?"
They answered, "Seven."
21He said to them, "Do you still not understand?"
A. EXPLANATION: Jesus just got done feeding 5000 people with some bread and some fish. The Jesus looks at them at tells them to watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and Herod. And they think Jesus is worried about eating. What? What the heck? Did they not get anything?
B. DARWIN AWARDS: Do you know what the Darwin Awards are? They are a bunch of awards given to people for doing some really dumb things. Like the guy who was trying to get rid of a next of bees from his yard, trying not to get stung, he covered his face in a garbage bag only to be found suffocated to death. In context, I would like to make up my own Darwin Awards, only I will call them Dumbwin Awards in order not to give any glory to a pretty meaningless website.
C. DUMBWIN AWARDS:
1) A DUMBWIN AWARD GOES TO THE PERSON WHO THINKS THEY ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO GET INTO HEAVEN ON THEIR OWN.
Last week, we discussed everything with everyone about the Pharisees, and all those Pharisee rules. Jesus was serious about not listening to them, when the Lord saws Watch Out, he means it. We must be careful about listening to people who are “too good” to need a savior.
IS THIS PERSON GOOD ENOUGH FOR HEAVEN?
This will be given independently to each teacher. Just make a list of some great people who have impacted your life, OR, impacted history. Tell what they did that made them great in your opinion. Then, mention one sin they made. Then ask, do they qualify?