Sketch: The title of my sermon is, “The Adventist Calling.” This is the second sermon in my new series, “Stories from Mark.” You may well ask, What is the Adventist Calling? Do you mean what we are called to do? Or, do you mean what we are called to be? I mean both. For what we are called to do, cannot be done unless we become what we are called to be.
Mark says that Jesus came preaching, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel.” But take a look at how Marks Gospel begins… He opens with “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” He begins with John’s calling as the messenger who was sent before, for John came “preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.” (Mk. 1:4) What was that for? That baptism of repentance? And just what does Jesus mean by “repent and believe”? Could it be that there are more than just a few “Christians” who say they believe in God, but fall short of what Jesus is calling them to be? Is Jesus calling you?
Watch and listen to the full sermon here: https://youtu.be/2L6za_nNnf8
Published by Dean C. Read
I am a follower of Jesus Christ who seeks to make Him known to those who do not yet know Him, and to make Him better known to those who do. Thus, God has led me throughout my life of now over 6 decades. I have been married to and in love with the same woman for over 38 years and we have children and grandchildren whom I also love. That does not mean my family has not been through trials. We human beings certainly know how to test and even hurt those we love. But, God Himself also knows the challenges, the trials and even the fickleness of human love. Yet, Jesus has demonstrated that God's love is sure and secure, faithful to the very end. So, yes, I love because God is love. And, I seek to make the love of God known as it should be. I am a pastor, a preacher and a teacher of God's word, the Bible. Before I became a preacher, I was a public school teacher, and before that I worked at various jobs including, painting, construction, ambulance EMT, parts assembler, and even a paperboy back in the day. In school I played trumpet in the band, was a track and cross country runner, enjoyed most subjects including History, English and Science, and yet, after graduating from high school, I struggled to find my path. Perhaps you can identify? I did not graduate with my Bachelor's degree until I was 26 years old. And yet, from an early age I knew that God was a God of love, and that He had a plan for me, if I would just be open to His leading. God has brought me through many trials, and has always been there to pick me up when I had fallen or been discouraged. And now, I hope to write in such a way to attract others to this God of love. By the way, I also enjoy camping, reading and outdoor activities, especially strolls on the beach, or hiking a mountain trail. My favorite places on earth are Sequoia National Park because of the Giant Sequoia trees, Yosemite National Park, and the jewel of Georgia known as Jekyll Island. I could tell you more; but hopefully, as you read my posts you will learn more about the God whom I love.
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