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Mark 16:9-20

Author: Kent Berghuis

Shout It From the Mountaintops!

(Mark 16:9-20)

Main idea:  Jesus wants everyone to know about the gosepl.

	What is the gospel?  The gospel is the good news of Jesus' death and resurrection.

	Should we preach the long ending of Mark?  Yes, because the words are true and they are 
	a fitting conclusion to the gospel story, motivating us to obey Christ as witnesses.

I.  Jesus appeared to His disciples to convince them of the resurrection (16:9-14).

	Three appearances are written in Mark, but after each one there is unbelief.

	1.  Jesus appeared to Mary Magdelene.
	2.  Jesus appeared to two disciples walking in the country.
	3.  Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples while they were eating.

II.  Jesus commanded His disciples to preach the gospel everywhere (15-18).

	Jesus said if a person does not believe, that person is condemned.
	Baptism goes along with belief.  While a person does not have to be baptized to be saved, 
	saved people should want to obey Jesus and be baptized.

	Jesus said his disciples would perform miracles. This happened in the book of Acts.

III.  The disciples obeyed Jesus and preached everywhere (19-20).

	Jesus was taken up to heaven and sat at the right hand of God.  

	He is the first human being in the Bible recorded as being there, and he will take 
believers 	to be with him there when we die to await our own resurrection.

Application:  We must share the gospel with others so they too can know Jesus.

What keeps us from sharing our faith readily?  How can we change?
	1.  Lack of opportunity--make and take opportunities.
	2.  Lack of preparation--be open while learning.
	3.  Lack of faith--believe and walk with God consistently.


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