March 18th, 2012 Book of Mark Wk17

We continue the book of Mark and see how Jesus called the hypocrites to be transformed.

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The Gospel of Mark: Hypocrites Transformed

March 18th, 2012  by Kasey Crawford

Today’s Passage: Mark 7:1-23

Review…( Mark 1:1-6:52)

A framework for understanding Mark: The book of Mark puts on display how Jesus brings more of heaven to earth and invites his followers to experience the same as they learn a new (kingdom) way of life from the Master and respond with regular repentance (turning to God) and belief (taking action). 

New (Mark 7:1-23)

A recent study was done by the Barna group that said, ______% of people outside the church find the word “_____________” to be an appropriate description of Christians.

Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “ ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. (7:6) 

So what is the main problem that Jesus is trying to deal with?

People try to make things look good on the ____________ while they are still a mess on the inside.

Why is it so easy to slip into just trying to make things look good on the outside?

We can ___________ our outside much better than we can __________ our inside.

God is not ______________ with how things look on the outside if it is not _________________ flowing out of the inside.

God doesn’t want behavior modification so you can outwardly ___________, he wants heart transformation so that you are inwardly ____________.

The walls up between us and God are ______ walls, not God’s. They are __________ in our heart,  ________ in our heart, the pride in our heart, etc.

“What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

While the hypocrites of human-made religion find their value in looking good on the outside, Jesus turns it upside down and shows that when heaven breaks into a life, it ___________ you from the inside out.

The invitation from Jesus is to be healed from life’s ____________ ___________.

This authenticity before God, of ___________ our junk and letting him heal us from the inside out is also where the power comes from for _____________.

As we have focused on the last couple of weeks, God doesn’t want to wait until you are perfect before he will to use you…But the more he _______________ and ________ our heart, the more his power rests in us.

The greater a heart is transformed to be like Jesus, the greater ___________ it can be for the Holy Spirit to ________ through.