Perspective Problems - Mark 12:13-34

This is a sermon by Peter Birnie from the evening service on 12th June 2022.

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Mark 12 v 13-34 “Perspective Problems”

Intro: Staying at a distance gives a small view of God


         1) A small view of God’s claim on our lives? (v13-17)


“Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words.”


  • Pharisees far from God because they don’t need Jesus



  • Herodians far from God because they don’t want Jesus


  • Staying far from Jesus means a life of minimum requirement



“Give to God what is God’s.” We owe God everything;


  • Made in God’s image



  • Bought at a great price


Are you feeling broken up by Jesus’ challenge?  


        2) A small view of God’s goodness and power? (v18-27)


“Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.”

  • Sadducees know all the words in the scriptures


  • Sadducees have totally missed the God at the centre of the scriptures


Who is God?

  • “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”



  • The God of the living



  • The God of power and goodness


        3) The right view of God results in lives of loving worship (v28-34) 


“To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, and with all your strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.””


How are we to respond to these verses of scripture tonight?


  • No more minimising his claim on our lives


  • No more being content with knowledge rather than relationship



  • No more settling for divided hearts, but run to Jesus and pray for lives of loving obedience

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