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Author: Kent Berghuis
The Family of Followers Mark 3:7-34 "Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother."--Jesus, Mark 3:34. Introduction: Main thought: Discipleship takes priority over earthly relationships. I. Christ calls disciples to follow and serve with him (7-19). A. The mission of Christ is a large task --Crowds followed Jesus not only from Galilee, but from far away as well. B. The mission of Christ is a strategic task. --Jesus even restricted the demons from announcing who he was at the wrong time. --The logistics of ministry can be incredible. --A few key leaders are necessary to reproduce the work in others. --These men were ordinary, but they followed an extraordinary leader. --Jesus named them "apostles" ("sent-ones"), and sent them to preach and drive out demons (do the same work as he was doing). II. Christ calls his disciples to spiritual unity (20-35). A. Jesus shows that his power is not an evil trick (22-30). --Satan is not going to oppose himself. --God's people should not oppose his work, either. --Christ's work shows his authority over Satan. --Those who oppose the Holy Spirit stand outside of forgiveness. B. Jesus shows that his mission is not crazy (20-21, 31-35). --Sometimes following doing God's will may look insane. --The one doing God's will may have to risk family and other relationships. --The one doing God's will gains a new family, the family of God. Conclusion: Have you taken up the call of discipleship?