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Summary: Jesus wants us to always be ready and unafraid of helping the lost come to Him.

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INTRODUCTION

• SLIDE #1

• Have you ever come home from a long day at work, just wanting to relax? Maybe you have put in many hours at the office or in the factory.

• On your way home, you envision a scene where you come home and put up your feet turn on the television and read the newspaper. Then you see yourself sitting at the table ready for a wonderful dinner that your spouse has prepared for you.

• Now you get home and as soon as you get settled in that favorite recliner the unthinkable happens. The phone rings. You reluctantly get up to answer the phone.

• Then you find out that you are going to have a bunch of unexpected company for dinner. Your evening seems to be ruined.

• Have you ever had that happen to you? How did you feel?

• This is a somewhat similar story as to what we find in our text with Jesus and His disciples today.

• It had been a rough few days, John the Baptist had just been killed and the disciples had just received the news.

• In verse 31 Mark says they were so busy they did not even have time to eat!

• They were all tired from all the teaching and healing that they were doing. The group was looking forward to putting their feet up and watching some football.

• Let’s set the scene with verses 30-33

• SLIDE #2

Mark 6:30-33(ESV) 30The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. 33Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.

• Looks like Jesus is going to have some unexpected guests.

• Most all of us have busy lives. We sometimes get to a point where we guard our “free” time so much that we miss opportunities to reach out to lost people.

• Today from what is called the “Feeding of the 5,000” we will learn a lesson from the Master as to what we can do when we have unexpected “dinner guests”.

• Jesus will help us to see that these are opportunities not inconveniences. Sometimes when we least expect it, we will have opportunities to spiritual feed someone who is hungry.

• Let us examine verses 34-36 for our first observation.

• SLIDE #3

Mark 6:34-36(ESV) 34When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. 35And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. 36Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”

• First we see…

• SLIDE #4

SERMON

I. Have the compassion to open the door.

• How many of us would be irritated that someone came by and interrupted our time of relaxation?


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