Worship Service 16 September 2018
Audio
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and Laverne Wiginton
Delivered On
September 16, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Mark 8:27-38
Description

Scripture:

Proverbs 1:20-33

Psalm 19:1-14

James 3:1-12

Mark 8:27-38

Proverbs 1:20-33 

Wisdom’s Warning

20 Out in the open wisdom calls out.
    She raises her voice in a public place.
21 On top of the city wall she cries out.
    Here is what she says near the gate of the city.

22 “How long will you childish people love your childish ways?
    How long will you rude people enjoy making fun of God and others?
    How long will you foolish people hate knowledge?
23 Pay attention to my warning!
    Then I will pour out my thoughts to you.
    I will make known to you my teachings.
24 But you refuse to listen when I call out to you.
    No one pays attention when I reach out my hand.
25 You turn away from all my advice.
    And you do not accept my warning.
26 So I will laugh at you when you are in danger.
    I will make fun of you when hard times come.
27 I will laugh when hard times hit you like a storm.
    I will laugh when danger comes your way like a windstorm.
    I will make fun of you when suffering and trouble come.

28 “Then you will call to me. But I won’t answer.
    You will look for me. But you won’t find me.
29 You hated knowledge.
    You didn’t choose to have respect for the Lord.
30 You wouldn’t accept my advice.
    You turned your backs on my warnings.
31 So you will eat the fruit of the way you have lived.
    You will choke on the fruit of what you have planned.

32 “The wrong path that childish people take will kill them.
    Foolish people will be destroyed by being satisfied with the way they live.
33 But those who listen to me will live in safety.
    They will be at ease and have no fear of being harmed.”

Psalm 19

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

The heavens tell about the glory of God.
    The skies show that his hands created them.
Day after day they speak about it.
    Night after night they make it known.
But they don’t speak or use words.
    No sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into the whole earth.
    Their words go out from one end of the world to the other.

God has set up a tent in the heavens for the sun.
    The sun is like a groom leaving the room of his wedding night.
    The sun is like a great runner who takes delight in running a race.
It rises at one end of the heavens.
    Then it moves across to the other end.
    Everything enjoys its warmth.

The law of the Lord is perfect.
    It gives us new strength.
The laws of the Lord can be trusted.
    They make childish people wise.
The rules of the Lord are right.
    They give joy to our hearts.
The commands of the Lord shine brightly.
    They give light to our minds.
The law that brings respect for the Lord is pure.
    It lasts forever.
The commands the Lord gives are true.
    All of them are completely right.
10 They are more priceless than gold.
    They have greater value than huge amounts of pure gold.
They are sweeter than honey
    that is taken from the honeycomb.
11 Your servant is warned by them.
    When people obey them, they are greatly rewarded.

12 But who can know their own mistakes?
    Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Also keep me from the sins I want to commit.
    May they not be my master.
Then I will be without blame.
    I will not be guilty of any great sin against your law.

14 Lord, may these words of my mouth please you.
And may these thoughts of my heart please you also.
    You are my Rock and my Redeemer.

James 3:1-12 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

Control What You Say

3 My brothers and sisters, most of you shouldn’t become teachers. That’s because you know that those of us who teach will be held more accountable. All of us get tripped up in many ways. Suppose someone is never wrong in what they say. Then they are perfect. They are able to keep their whole body under control.

We put a small piece of metal in the mouth of a horse to make it obey us. We can control the whole animal with it. And how about ships? They are very big. They are driven along by strong winds. But they are steered by a very small rudder. It makes them go where the captain wants to go. In the same way, the tongue is a small part of a person’s body. But it talks big. Think about how a small spark can set a big forest on fire. The tongue is also a fire. The tongue is the most evil part of the body. It makes the whole body impure. It sets a person’s whole way of life on fire. And the tongue itself is set on fire by hell.

People have tamed all kinds of wild animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures. And they still tame them. But no one can tame the tongue. It is an evil thing that never rests. It is full of deadly poison.

With our tongues we praise our Lord and Father. With our tongues we curse people. We do it even though people have been created to be like God. 10 Praise and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, it shouldn’t be this way. 11 Can fresh water and salt water flow out of the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree produce olives? Can a grapevine produce figs? Of course not. And a saltwater spring can’t produce fresh water either.

Mark 8:27-38 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

Peter Says That Jesus Is the Messiah

27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist. Others say Elijah. Still others say one of the prophets.”

29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”

30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

Jesus Tells About His Coming Death

31 Jesus then began to teach his disciples. He taught them that the Son of Man must suffer many things. He taught them that the elders would not accept him. The chief priests and the teachers of the law would not accept him either. He must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke clearly about this. Peter took Jesus to one side and began to scold him.

33 Jesus turned and looked at his disciples. He scolded Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You are not thinking about the things God cares about. Instead, you are thinking only about the things humans care about.”

You Must Pick Up Your Cross

34 Jesus called the crowd to him along with his disciples. He said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must say no to themselves. They must pick up their cross and follow me. 35 Whoever wants to save their life will lose it. But whoever loses their life for me and for the good news will save it. 36 What good is it if someone gains the whole world but loses their soul? 37 Or what can anyone trade for their soul? 38 Suppose anyone is ashamed of me and my words among these adulterous and sinful people. Then the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

The Pastor's Summary of Mark 8:27-38

Jesus travels north from the Sea of Galilee to the villages around Caesarea Philippi, a prominent pagan town. He asks: who does popular opinion say I am? There are various opinions, but the Messiah is not one of them. Now he asks the disciples, "who do you say....I am?  Peter's answer, for the disciples, is pious, but misleading and incomplete. Jews expected the Messiah to come in power; to free them from Roman domination, but they did not expect the Messiah to suffer. This is the first prediction of Jesus' Passion. Jesus must suffer, for it is in God's plan. Jesus' mission is now stqated completely, so he speaks about it openly.  He rebukes Peter for his shallowness, seeing his reply as inspired by the devil, as not being godly.