Gospel text: Mark 6:1-13
1. The Christian’s “Declaration of Dependence” on Jesus as God’s son (last Sunday’s sermon) is a
“Declaration of Independence” from all other powers.
a. The other powers don’t go away: Great Britain did not disappear after American independence
b. But are loyalties shift radically: a new government
c. JESUS CAME TO PROCLAIM A NEW GOVERNMENT: THE KINGDOM OF GOD
2. Three powers from which the Christian has become—or can become—independent
1) Hometown limitations (Mark 6.1-6)
--Hometown > cultural, national, world powers.
2) Wants and worries (Mark 6.7-11)
--The disciples’ minimal load
--Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline (87-88):
As Jesus made clear…, freedom from anxiety is one of the inward evidences of seeking first the kingdom of God.
The inward reality of simplicity involves a life of joyful unconcern for possessions. Neither the greedy nor the
miserly know this liberty [--this independence]. Freedom from anxiety is characterized by three inner attitudes:
1. We receive what we have as gift from God.
2. It is God’s business, and not ours, to care for what we have.
3. Our goods are available to others. “We cling to our possessions rather than sharing them because
we are anxious about tomorrow. But if we truly believe that God is who Jesus says he is, then we
do not need to be afraid.
3) Destructive situations (vv. 12-13)
--Disciples healing others
--Liberating them from “demons”—from destructive forces that keep us from benefiting
from being loyal subjects of the kingdom of God.
3. For reflection:
--Are we troubled in any of these areas?
--Have we made a Declaration of Dependence on Jesus the Christ? If so, how has it proven
itself over the years? recently?
--To what degree do we seek independence from powers opposed to the Kingdom?
--Is it time to make a declaration of independence from destructive attitudes, habits, or
actions? If so, who are our allies and how might they help us?