Taking HOPE to the World (Sermon Audio)

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This is the audio from the December 5, 2021 sermon, “Taking HOPE to the World”, shared by Tom Lemler at the North Wayne Mennonite Church.

Text:  Mark 6:1-13

As believers in Jesus, we are called to carry a message of hope to a world that is in desperate need.  We do that most effectively when we join people in their time of need and offer true . . .

  • Honor.  Mark 6:4-6, Philippians 2:3
    • Taking hope to the world will involve learning to honor those who often feel dishonored and neglected.  While the people of his hometown missed it, one of the greatest ways to actually honor Jesus would be to listen to, and do, what He says.  We can take hope to the world when we show honor by simply listening to the people around us.
  • Opportunity.  Mark 6:2-3, Colossians 4:5
    • Taking hope to the world will involve giving opportunity to those who often feel the world has passed them by.  The people of His day thought they knew Jesus and therefore gave Him little opportunity to provide them with the hope only He could bring.  We can take hope to the world when we give people the opportunity to be who God created them to be.
  • Peace.  Mark 6:7-10, Romans 12:18
    • Taking hope to the world will involve being a person of peace in the way you interact with others.  Jesus instructed His disciples to cast out evil and trust Him completely as they went about sharing the good news of Jesus.  We can take hope to the world when we choose to live at peace with everyone as far as it depends on us.
  • Encouragement.  Mark 6:11-13, Hebrews 3:13
    • Taking hope to the world will involve giving and receiving encouragement through what God does in the lives of people.  We ought to be encouraged by the transformation God does in us and in the lives of those around us.  We can take hope to the world when we choose to be encouragers of every person we meet.

Who do you need to take HOPE to today?

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