Fasting, Feasting, & Forgiveness

Sunday morning at Grace Community Church at Wilmington we continued our study of the book of Mark in Mark 2:18-22:

“Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.” ” (Mark 2:18–22, ESV)

The whole point of this passage is that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the singular way of forgiveness.  There is no other way.  We cannot work to earn our salvation, they only thing that we can do is rightly respond to the Gospel accomplished through the work of Christ.  You can listen to the audio of the sermon here:

Fasting, Feasting, and Forgiveness

(If you listen closely you’ll hear my first ever Ted Nugent reference from the Pulpit)

Here is the Outline from the Sermon:

I. You Cannot Replace the Gospel with Another Way. (vv. 18-20)

A. The Way of Human Effort (v. 18) 

1) The Human Effort of the Disciples of John

2) The Human Effort of the Disciples of the Pharisees

B. The Way of Jesus – Respond to the Gospel (vv. 19-20)

1) Rejoice in the presence of the Bridegroom (v. 19)

2) Mourn in the absence of the Bridegroom (v. 20)

II. You Cannot Combine the Gospel with Another Way. (vv. 21-22)

A. The Combination of the Unshrunk Cloth (v. 21)

B. The Combination of the New Wine (v. 22)