You Give Them Something to Eat

This is a popular story.  It’s one of the few miracles that are recorded in all four gospel accounts, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  And as we look at Mark’s unique account of this miracle, we find that he has an emphasis on the twelve disciples.  Mark is bringing us into the spiritual journey of the twelve, helping us to see how they are, and are not, figuring out who Jesus is.  We’ll see that Jesus is also teaching them some important ministry lessons as well.  And so as we look at this miracle from the perspective of the disciples today, I’d like us to consider our own role in ministry.  How is God shaping us and our ministry through this passage?  And more importantly, how is he shaping our perspecitve of who Jesus is through this passage?

Passage: Mark 6:30-44
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 06/15/2008 in Novato, CA.

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Like One of the Prophets

Who is Jesus?  As we’ve looked at Mark, we’ve already said that this is one of the central questions that’s being asked.  We find in this passage, that people at that time were asking that question and coming up with various answers, all associated with the prophetic history of Israel.  As we look at their answers, especially in the context of Christ’s message of repentance, we’ll find that Christ came as the ultimate, final, prophet.

Passage: Mark 6:14-29
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 06/08/2008 in Novato, CA.

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