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Sermon Summary • March 19, 2017

Sermon Summary • March 19, 2017
Mark 3:7-19 • Pastor Tim Tseng

13 Jesus went up on a mountain-side and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him.14 He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach 15 and to have authority to drive out demons.

KEY POINT: As disciples, we should have a desire to be Jesus’ apprentice and a heart for sharing in his mission to the world.

1. Jesus called those he wanted:

First, we do not choose him, he chooses us. Let us not fall under the illusion that we can simply pick and choose when, where, and how we are disciples. An attitude of humility and waiting for the Lord will help us to allow him the choice. All we can do is respond to his calling.

Second, because disciples are Jesus’ choice, we should expect to be in a community of people who are very different from one another. Just looking at the twelve that Jesus called (and this doesn’t include the women and other disciples who where not part of the circle of twelve), one would not expect them to be a team since they had so little in common: 16These are the twelve he ap-pointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter), 17James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”), 18Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot 19and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

2. Jesus calls disciples to be with him:

Most of the time we think about being with Jesus as an encounter of intimacy, friendship, and love. While this is true, within the context of Mark 3, this is not what it means for disciples to be with Jesus.

In fact, the disciples are with Jesus to be his apprentice. It is a life-long experience of learning that takes place in a relationship matrix. It is not information dump, nor is it an assembly line approach to preparing people to do God’s work. Thus, we need to invest time with Jesus and people with more experience with Jesus to be our mentors and teachers.

3. Jesus calls disciples to be sent into the mission field:

Verses 7-12 show us the great need in the world for Jesus, his message of hope, and work of healing and demon-cleansing. Jesus calls disciples to share in this work and go into the world with his message.

4. Application

When we gather in our small groups, youth fellowship, Sunday school, worship service, let us remember that these meetings ought to inspire us to become disciples. We don’t meet simply to socialize, support one another, and gain more information about the bible. We meet, first, to be apprentices in mission.

Therefore, I invite more people to join Team Barnabas, a small group of Canaan people who are committed to putting discipleship first.

Therefore, I invite more people to take opportunities to explore their callings through programs like Pathway to Ministry.

Therefore, I encourage couples to see the purpose of their marriage and their roles as parents to be making and growing disciples.


About Tim Tseng, Ph.D.

I am Pacific Area Director of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship's Graduate and Faculty Ministries. I'm also a historian, theological educator, and pastor.


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