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Mark 6:30-44

Author: Kent Berghuis

Lunch for a Bunch
Mark 6:30-44

Main idea:  Jesus wants us to do the impossible task of compassionate ministry through his power.

I.  Jesus looked upon the masses with compassion (30-34).

	A.  Sometimes we are forced into ministry situations when we need time for ourselves.

		--The disciples had come to report on their activity of ministry (7-12).
		--News of John the Baptist's death (14-29) had just reached them.

	B.  When we see openness to the gospel, compassion compels us to minister.

		--Even in the solitary place people's hunger for the Lord brought them out.
		--Jesus was deeply moved by the sight of the crowd.
		--The people needed a shepherd, a leader.
		--Jesus' response was to teach them.

II.  Jesus taught the disciples about his power for impossible ministry (35-44).

	A.  Ministry often involves practically impossible obstacles (35-37).

		--Food is viewed as a necessity for life, and we build our schedules around it.
		--The disciples wanted to do the practical thing--send the people away.
		--Jesus, however, commanded the impractical.  It would have been an unreasonable expense.

	B.  Ministry can be done when Christ multiplies our limited resources by his unlimited power (38-44).

		--Jesus asked the disciples what they did have.
		--The 5 loaves and 2 fish seems like even less than we would expect--did they try very hard?	
		(John 6 tells us that the loaves and fish came from one little boy.)
		--Jesus began the miracle by giving thanks to the Father.
		--The miracle took place in the hands of the Lord as he kept breaking and giving the food.
		--The food was enough to satisfy them all.
		--The food was more than enough for them all, with 12 baskets left over (1 for each disciple).
		--5,000 men had eaten (not counting women and children) that one meal.


	1.  We must open our eyes to the needs of the masses and become involved in God's ministry.

	2.  We must offer our resources to the Lord, no matter how limited or meager our efforts may seem.

	3.  We can trust God to do his part once we have involved ourselves in his plan.


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