StoneBridge Community Church
Truly Natural: Mark 7:31-37 - "His Ears Were Opened"
Senior Pastor Jon Saur
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    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    土曜日 5:15 午後, 日曜日 5:20 午後

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"Truly Natural"

The title for this sermon series comes from a quote by theologian Jurgen Moltmann:

"Jesus’ healings are not supernatural miracles in a natural world. They are the only truly ‘natural’ thing in a world that is unnatural, demonized and wounded.”

We often think of Jesus' healings as "defying nature," but the truth is that they show us how the world was intended to be. God created the world to be free of illness, disease and injury. In the fall, humans made creation unnatural, corrupting it with sin. In his healings, Jesus gives a glimpse of what the natural order, as God intended it, was made to look like.

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus is presented primarily as a healer. In this sermon series, we will be looking at Jesus' healings in Mark, seeing how these healings show us what God intends for creation and for our lives.
Apostle's Creed

Here is an English translation of the Apostle's Creed, which Pastor Jon referenced:

2.1 I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,

2.2 And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

2.3 I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

Book on Healings

Here is a book by the author Pastor Jon mentioned on healings in today's world.

The Text In Context

"Mark is careful to tell us this took place in the area called the Decapolis,... And he points out that Jesus went into this region in a rather strange way. Instead of coming directly back into Galilee, he left Tyre and Sidon and went by a northern route through what is presently the country of Syria, and continued down the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee into the southern part of that region. It would be very much like starting out for Los Angeles from San Francisco, but going by way of Reno and Las Vegas. Many scholars feel that this journey took about eight months, so..." To read more, click link.

I. Resurrection of the Body.

II. What's the point of physical healings?

III. Do they happen today?

IV. How to talk about them.

V. The resurrection to come.

1) Think of someone in need of physical healing.

2) Pray for that person.

1) What do you think is the purpose of the stories of physical healing in the Bible?

2) Do you believe healings happen today? Why or why not?

3) What could be the point of healings in today's world? Why might God work in this way?

4) Why is the idea of the "resurrection of the body" important?

5) In what ways might believing in the resurrection of the body alter your view of healings?

6) In what ways might believing in the resurrection of the body alter your view of medicine?

7) How do you talk to others about physical healings well?

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