The Scandal of Free Grace

Text: Mark 2:13-17
Speaker: Curt Arend
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Date: May 6, 2012

Tomorrows sermon in from Mark 2:13-17 and titled “The Scandal of Free Grace”. Please read Mark 2 in preparation for the sermon. In our text, having called Levi to follow him, we see Jesus feasting with at Levi’s house with many other tax collectors and sinners. Much of 21st century Christianity is spent in isolation from the world. We are called to be salt and light to a dying world and can’t do that living in isolation. Jesus spent time with whoever wanted to hear His message and did not make repentance a precondition to His love and acceptance. The self righteous religious leaders see this as a scandal and make judgments against Jesus and His disciples. Any self respecting religious teacher would never eat at a table full of sinners, so they thought. We too can be prone being judgmental, just like the pharisees, even falling into various forms of legalism. When we as God’s people are transformed by the gospel, should be motivated by it by being intentional in our interactions with those in the world that God in His great mercy might save some. If you don’t share the gospel in the workplace, marketplace and neighborhood, who will?

Posted on May 6th, 2012 | Permalink