I gave a sermon Sunday to a small group of people. Here's an outline, based on Mark 1:35-39 NLT.
The next morning Jesus awoke long before daybreak and went out alone into the wilderness to pray. Later Simon and the others went out to find him. They said, "Everyone is asking for you."Knowing and doing the Father's will can require...
But he replied, "We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too, because that is why I came." So he traveled throughout the region of Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and expelling demons from many people.
- Getting away from people
- An inconvenient time
- An inconvenient place
- Are you listening to him?
- Even Jesus needed to pray.
- Not merely when you're in trouble
- Praying until you know what He wants you to do next.
- Rejecting the will of the crowd.
- Not being addicted to the drug of popularity
- Not being compelled to please people
- Not giving in to success
- Not giving in even to success in ministry.
- Rejecting the will of your close friends, associates and loved ones.
- They may love you.
- They may want what they think is best for you.
- Their advice may be very useful
- but they may also lead you astray
if they have not been praying and
searching the Lord's word.
- Remembering your purpose.
Every Christian's purpose:
- Love God
- Love people
- Make disciples of Jesus
- Using the gift(s) he's given you
- Going places you've never been
- Other towns
Which way are you heading right this moment--your own, or the Father's? Do you love the Father enough to pray to him? Does his will take precedence in your life?