Sermons

"Even the dogs..." (Mark 7:24-30)

Brian So, January 28, 2018
Part of the The Gospel According to Mark, Part 2 series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Main Points:
1. Anyone can come to Jesus.
2. We come to Jesus on the basis of undeserved grace.
3. We receive undeserved grace from God only because Jesus has earned it for us. The Gentile woman can receive undeserved grace from Jesus because standing before her was the offspring of Abraham who would soon earn that grace for her by going up the cross. Covenant-breakers like you and I can receive undeserved grace from God because Jesus Christ, who was in an eternal covenant with his Father, was cut off from the covenant so that all who trust in him can be brought back into covenant with God again.

Application Questions:
1. Some people say, "I have no need of Jesus. My life is just fine without Jesus." Others say, "I am so bad that Jesus cannot possibly accept me." How are both groups equally proud?
2. What might be hindering you from going to Jesus today?
3. What is it that the Syrophoenician woman understands better than Jesus' disciples about the "gospel/good news" in Christianity? How does that change the way we approach God and life?
4. What do you want today? What are you struggling with today? Do you doubt God's goodness? How does the following statement help? "God wants us to have the better deal! He wants us to have him as the ultimate satisfaction in our lives!"
5. By faith in Christ who died and rose again for us, what 1Peter 2:10 says is now true of us: "Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy." How should we then live? (Read 1Peter 2:1-12.)

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