(Sermon by Pastor Jason on June 4, 2017)
“In the morning, long before dawn, [Jesus] got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there.” (Mk 1:35)
“The more I read this nearly silent sentence locked in between the loud words of action, the more I have the sense that the secret of Jesus’ ministry is hidden in the lonely place where he went to pray, early in the morning, long before dawn.
In the lonely place, Jesus finds the courage to follow God’s will and not his own; to speak God’s words and not his own; to do God’s work and not his own. He reminds us constantly: “By myself I can do nothing…I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me” (Jn 5:20). And again, “What I say to you I do not speak of my own accord: it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his works” (Jn 14:10). It is in the lonely place, where Jesus enters into intimacy with the Father, that his ministry is born.” (Henri Nouwen)
Disciple: “A follower; an adherent to the doctrines of another.” (Noah Webster, 1828)
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27)
“And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways.
Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. (Proverbs 8:32-34)
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak…” (James 1:19a)
(Take 20 – 30 minutes)
Here’s a great article for further reading:
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