At the halfway point of the gospel of Mark we find the disciples making the declaration that Jesus is indeed the Messiah. The eighth chapter marks a transition in the gospel. The disciples acknowledge that Jesus is the Messiah but they cannot wrap their minds around how He is the Messiah. As Jesus begins to teach that He is a suffering Savior they resist His teaching. Though they resist Jesus lovingly and strongly rebukes and continues teaching and leading in preparation for the time when He will turn over the ministry of spreading the gospel to this group of faithful followers.
Advent is a time in which we look toward the advent of Jesus Christ. We look back toward His 1st advent with celebration and rejoicing, and we look toward His 2nd advent with anticipation. As we wait for His 2nd advent we want to wait well understanding that God has purpose in our waiting. Part of that purpose is to speak to us in ways that heal our sinful brokenness and renews our resolve for carrying out His purposes for us on this earth. Elijah’s experience with God at Mount Horeb provides us with a vivid account of God speaking in the midst of waiting.
message text: Acts 3:1-10
message date: 08.09.09
One of the greatest means of cultivating souls for spiritual planting is giving the kindness of God, which has been implanted in our own hearts, into the lives of others resulting in healing for humans and glory to God.