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Scripture at Sunrise 7.6.2020

“And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the Lord thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.” -2 Chronicles 16:7

When you compromise the principles of God in your life, it will undermine your trust in the Lord. When your trust in the Lord is compromised, that’s when your faith is weakened and weakened.

-Steve Wainright (excerpt from Sunday Evening Sermon from  2 Chronicles 16 Asa’s Poor Finish)


The Book of Mark: The Servant’s Manual (by John Hatcher)

John Hatcher, missionary to Brazil
The Book of Mark: The Servant’s Manual
The Principles and Example of Jesus the Servant found in the book of Mark
Master’s Purpose: To show how the servants of Christ can take the Gospel into all the world in their generation.

1. The purpose of the servant is to be a fisher of men. (1:17)
2. Do not be deterred by immediate success from reaching the goal – to fish for men unto the ends of the earth. (1:37-38) Every generation has the responsibility of reaching this goal.
3. A servant’s motivation must be love and compassion. (1:41)
4. Overcome comments of critics by action and not by idle arguments (2:8-12)
5. Fish for men everywhere: in the market, at the office, publicly and in the homes.  (2:8-12)
6. How to handle questions. Do not be turned aside by foolish questions.  Do not lose sight of the goal by useless interrogations.  (2:16, 18, 24)
7. How to handle opposition, accusations and persecutions: Do what is right and move on. (3:2-7a)
8. Servants are to reach multitudes. (3:7b-12)
9. Take time to choose and disciple faithful leaders. (3:13-19)
10. There will be enemies that appear among us.  (3:19)  Do as Jesus taught: Leave the enemies to Him. (Example: Judas)
11. Servants will sometimes be misunderstood and suspected falsely by their own families and friends.  (3:21-32)
12. Servants must teach in simple language. (4:2-9)
13. Servants need private instruction and disciplining and the presence of Jesus. (4:10-34)
14. Servants learn by weathering the storms. (4:37-41)
15. Fishers of men must face the impossible in order to learn that all is possible with God, as well as understanding the worth of a man created in the image of God. (5:13)
16. A true servant will leave a living witness where he is not permitted to remain. (5:19-20)
17. The servant must sometimes leave the multitudes to attend the plea of one needy person, and ignore the bad news and scoffers while doing so.  (5:22-24; 5:35-43)
18. As the servant helps one person others will be blessed.  (5:24-34)
19. Servants should not brag about successes.  (5:43)
20. Do not derail because of unbelief.  (6:1-5)
21. Servants must go, send and trust.  (6:6-13)
22. Great servants fall in battle. (6:14-29)
23. Servants must take time to rest. (6:31-32)
24. Multitudes without hope will move a servant’s heart to compassion.  They cannot send the hungry away.  The Master will supply all the servant needs to provide.  (6:34-38)
25. The servant must refuel, refresh, and rejoice in the presence of God. (6:48-51)
26. Servants, be not afraid.  Jesus will come to you in the midst of the storm. (6:48-51)
27. A servant’s success will create jealousy and useless questions based on the traditions of men that, if attended, will take us off track. (7:1-16)
28. Servants can become slow of understanding. (7:17-18)
29. Servants of God cannot harbor ill feelings against any man or race.  (7:27)
30. Servants should do all things well.  (7:37)
31. There will always be multitudes to feed.  Servant’s job: Feed them!
32. Servants handle disputes and arguments by leaving them.  (8:11-13) Jesus’ example: They disputed; He sighed; He left them.
33. Servants can be “blind as bats” when they are worrying about what they are going to eat.  (8:14-21)
34. The servant who hears well increases in faith, as he grows in faith hee is taught more. (8:27-31)
35. Servants do not instruct their Master. (8:32-33)
36. Servants that live for Christ must die to self.  (8:34-38)
37. In dying to self we are raised to transforming heights with Jesus; (9:1-13)  But we cannot stay on the mountain.
38. Fishermen will not catch fish while they waste their energies in fussing. (9:14-19)
39. Defeats in the valley often follow mountaintop experiences. (9:9-18)
40. Power and authority do not reside in servants.  The yielded servant becomes a channgel through which God’s power can flow. (9:19-30)
41. Servants can learn about their own unbelief and weakness from the need and unbelief of others. (9:23)
42. Without Christ the servant is useless. (9:29)
43. Servants are taught more and learn better after they discover their powerlessness without Jesus. (9:31)
44. Servants who want to be great will spend their time disputing with others and lose their power. (9:31-37)
45. Powerless servants will have a tendency to accuse and forbid others. (9:38-41)  Servants do not have the responsibility of judging.
46. Disputing and critical servants will offend little ones (even of their own families) and cause them to stumble.  (9:40-50)  Why are servant’s children often rebellious?
47. Needless questions are asked by those who want to divide.  (10:1-12)
48. Servants must recognize the value that Jesus puts on children.  (10:13-16)
49. How the servant is to deal with those who teach salvation by works? (10:17-27)
50. Faithful servants will be rewarded.  (10:28-30)
51. The closer we are to the cross the more careful we must be not to covet great positions. (10:33-40)
52. How the servant can become great. (10:41-45)
53. God always goes before the servant and prepares the means and the men. (11:1-8)
54. Servants share the glory of their Master.  (11:9-12)
55. Servants who are faithful will suffer for the Master’s cause.  (11:12-21)
56. The greatest need of a servant: Have faith in God.  (11:22)
57. God will hear and attend the servant’s prayer of faith.  (11:23-26)
58. Servants do not possess authority.  Their Master does.  (11:28-33)
59. How to handle enemy opposition: Know the Scriptures.  (12:1-34)
60. God’s servants need to know more than the accusers.  (12:36-37)
61. Servants of God can be deceived when they judge greatness as men do, (13:14); or when they are trouble about current events.  (13:5-37)
62. Servants must learn how to encounter and overcome the trickery of the wicked.  (14:1-2)
63. Servants must not criticize the gifts that others give.  (14:3-9)
64. There will be wicked ones who appear among the servants.  (14:10-11)
65. Jesus, the Master, though close to death, went before His servants in every detail and need; He does much more after the resurrection.  (14:12-16)
66. All servants are powerless in their own strength.  (14:17-51)
67. Servants fail when they trust in their own ability.  (14:53-72)
68. Victory is the result of dying to self—suffering.  Jesus gave the example: Silence, submission, suffering, the sentence of death and then VICTORY.  (15:1-38)
69. Servants in their own strength are devastated.  (15:39-16)
70. Servants are made strong and faithful by the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead.  (16:14)
71. In the power of Christ servants become flaming evangelists faithful unto death.  (16:15-20)

They went everywhere; They preached to all men;
God was with them; They reached their generation.
Our goal as fishers of men: To go everywhere;
To preach to all men; To reach the world in our generation,
God has promised His presence.

[The first 27 were expounded on Sunday Evening, August 16, 2009, by Bro. John Hatcher.]