Cross Purposes - Self Denial
Pastor Allen Bauer continued the Lenten sermon series with his message on 2/25/18, "Cross Purposes - Self-denial". This message was based on the Gospel of Mark 8:27-38. The way of the world is different than the way of God. In the Gospel passage, Jesus was talking to his disciples. "He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him." Mark 8:31-32 The disciples wanted glory without sacrifice. Jesus says God's way is self-denial.
How do we practice self-denial? 1) We must die to the world and live for God. Jesus said, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." Mark 8:34. 2) We must help others. 3) We must proclaim Christ. And we must remember that Jesus is always here to help us.