2.8.12 2.17.2019 Mark 6.1-13 Learning from Jesus' Failures.

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In My Little Town…

▾ In My Little Town…
Entice: I was in my home town this week! I enjoyed time with one of my best friends from growing up-Bruce Brinkerhoff His grandmother had passed she was 107 and was truly a matriarch of our little neighborhood. My friend Bruce's Dad, Frank, was my 7th grade teacher. Bruce's brother Brad was a pretty good amateur Photographer. I had completely forgotten when Beth got hit in the face with a shot put. We shared many good stories and dropped a lot of names. Bruce and I learned about horses together. He has been in the Standardbred industry since he graduated college. When he was choosing that for his career I was choosing ministry. As I got ready to leave Frank hugged me and said "I'm just gonna call you Bobby."
▾ Entice: I was in my home town this week! I enjoyed time with one of my best friends from growing up-Bruce Brinkerh His
grandmother had passed she was 107 and was truly a matriarch of our little neighborhood. My friend Bruce's Dad, Frank, was my
7th grade teacher. Bruce's brother Brad was a pretty good amateur Photographer. I had completely forgotten when Beth got hit
in the face with a shot put. We shared many good stories and dropped a lot of names. Bruce and I learned about horses
Sometimes, it's good for me to just. Be. Bobby Beckman.
together. He has been in the Standardbred industry since he graduated college. When he was choosing that for his career I was
choosing ministry. As I got ready to leave Frank hugged me and said "I'm just gonna call you Bobby." Sometimes, it's good for
me to just. Be. Bobby Beckman.

In my little town I grew up believing God keeps his eye on us all  Paul Simon

I grew up believing 

In my little town
I grew up believing 

God keeps his eye on us all  Paul Simon

Simon and Garfunkel painted a picture that was more gloomy than necessary. In our small, little, home towns we learn how to live, love, study, play, serve, succeed, and fail.
• Simon and Garfunklel painted a picture that was more gloomy than necessary. In our small, little, home towns we learn how to
God keeps his eye on us all  Paul Simon
• Simon and Garfunklel painted a picture that was more gloomy than necessary. In our small, little, home towns we learn how to
live, love, study, play, serve, succeed, and fail.
We don't like to recall the failures and we certainly don't dwell on them but they are crucial to who we become as our lives progress.
• We don't like to recall the failures and we certainly don't dwell on them but they are crucial to who we become as our lives
Engage: Think about your life. When you were learning to shoot a basketball, hit a baseball, or kick a football; were't the failures a significant part of your growth and maturation, didn't they help you master the skill? The same thing is true as we grow older and master the skills and tools that define our professions. The phrase, I believe is
progress.
• Engage: Think about your life. When you were learning to shoot a basketball, hit a baseball, or kick a football; were't the failures a

fail forward

significant part of your growth and maturation, didn't they help you master the skill? The same thing is true as we grow older and
master the skills and tools that define our professions. The phrase, I believe is "fail forward."
Expand: When Jesus returned to His little home town of Nazareth-after all the miracles elsewhere, all the healings and hullabaloo, He failed.Gasp! How could it be? He was perfect? He is incarnate God, everything He touched turned to gold! Sorry. That was Midas. Everything Midas touched turned to gold-it was a myth and the result was a nightmare.
• Expand: When Jesus returned to His little home town of Nazareth-after all the miracles elsewhere, all the healings and hullabaloo,

Here in the real world failure is vital to success

He failed.Gasp! How could it be? He was perfect? He is incarnate God, everything He touched turned to gold! Sorry. That was
Midas. Everything Midas touched turned to gold-it was a myth and the result was a nightmare. Here in the real world failure is
-even when you're God. Note what Mark says in verse 5….
vital to success-even when you're God. Note what Mark says in verse 5….
Mark 6:5 ESV
5 And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them.
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We would like to forget this passage-it's not the sort of thing that we preach often-because it does not jive with what we know about Jesus and how He is presented in the rest of Mark's Gospel. But the fact is that all three synoptics tell this story. Maybe that should give us pause when we would rather casually dismiss it.

about Jesus and how He is presented in the rest of Mark's Gospel. But the fact is that all three synoptics tell this story. Maybe

that should give us pause when we would rather casually dismiss it. I seem to have remember being told many times that we

I seem to remember being told many times that we need to learn from our failures, get up when we are knocked down, and recover from our reversals. Failure is not always about us, our efforts, or our commitment. It certainly wasn't in this instance with respect to Jesus.

need to learn from our failures…get up when we are knocked down, and etc. Failure is not always about us, our efforts, or our

commitment. It certainly wasn't in this instance with respect to Jesus.

Excite: We can learn from our failures and the circumstances that create them. Sometimes they are our fault-through ignorance, immaturity, impatience. Other times failure is a mater of context, circumstances, and complications beyond our control.
• Excite: We can learn from our failures and the circumstances that create them. Sometimes they are our fault-through ignorance,
immaturity, impatience. Other times failure is a mater of context, circumstances, and complications beyond our control.
Explore: Like Jesus
• Explore: Like Jesus we can make failure the foundation for success.
Like Jesus we can make failure the foundation for success.

we can make failure the foundation for success.

1 The Architecture of Rejection 1-6
Mark 6:1–13 ESV
1 He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” 5 And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching. 7 And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8 He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts— 9 but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. 10 And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. 11 And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” 12 So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. 13 And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.
Mark 6.1-13
▾ Body of Sermon:

1 The Architecture of Rejection 1-6

▾ 1 The Architecture of Rejection 1-6
For most people faithlessness and fickleness are not first reactions…particularly with people we know. We want to believe. We want to accept. When rejection is the response it has been built, like any structure from a set of plans, a blue-print.
For most people faithlessness and fickleness are not first reactions…particularly with people we know. We want to believe. We want to accept. When rejection is the response it has been built, like any structure from a set of plans, a blue-print.
The Nazareth plan came about because the people
▾ 1.1 Knew Too Much. 1-3

1.1 Knew Too Much. 1-3

• 1.1.1 Jealousy

Jealousy

• 1.1.2 Familiarity.

Familiarity.

• 1.1.3 Presumption.

Presumption.

▾ 1.2 Trusted Too Little. 4-6

1.2 Trusted Too Little. 4-6

• 1.2.1 Jesus grew…they didn't

Jesus grew…they didn't

• 1.2.2 Jesus kept moving forward…they were stuck in the past.

Jesus kept moving …they were stuck.

• 1.2.3 Jesus believed…they didn't.

Jesus believed…they didn't.

We are all building something. What blue-prints are you reading? What kind of builder are you? The architecture of rejection is popular in 21c. It is the latest fad in secular society.
But Jesus
Jesus has a plan too. How does he react to rejection? How does He move His ministry forward? Let’s look and learn from
▾ 2 The Appropriate Response. 7-13

2 The Appropriate Response. 7-13

• 2.1 Expand the Team.

2.1 Expand the Team.

▾2.2 Equip the Team.

2.2 Equip the Team.

• 2.2.1 Skills

With Grounding

• 2.2.2 Guidance.

With Guidance.

• 2.3 Engage the Team.

2.3 Engage the Team.

▾ Shut Down:

The Revolutionary Responses of a Rejected God...

We are blessed because Jesus did not give up. He regrouped, revised His strategy, redirected His energy to preparing the 12 and responded to a bad blueprint in Nazareth. It was not the first time.
1 Samuel 8:7 ESV
7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.
Jesus did not let His disciples forget the precedent.
John 15:18 ESV
18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
John 15:8 ESV
8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
And the church is healthy and thriving when we don’t forget how to respond when we are marginalized, misunderstood, and rejected.
Where are you exactly? Are you building your life on some kind of a revised Nazareth plan, executing an architecture of rejection? Do you think that you are too smart, too well informed, to mature, too cultured to join Jesus’ team. Why not try team Midas? The team of wealth and fortune, the team that finds out to it’s horror that a golden touch yields nothing but misery. I like Jesus’ plan better. I think you will too.
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