External Traditions & the Heart

October 16, 2022 Speaker: Tim Rice Series: The Gospel of Mark

Passage: Mark 7:1-23

Memory Verse for the Week: Mark 7:9, 14-15 (ESV)

And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! … And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”

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Intro: Have you ever experienced a misdiagnosis?

What is not the problem? It wasn’t circumstances.

What actually IS the problem?

And how does Jesus answer this problem?


1. Worship the LORD for His absolute holiness and purity. Praise Him, Father, Son and Holy Spirit that there is no impurity in Him and that He is gracious to cleanse everyone who trusts in Jesus.

2. How have you lived as if you do not actually have a heart problem, or as if you don’t need to be cleansed? Confess your guilt and helplessness to Jesus, asking Him to change what you cannot change.

3. Give thanks to Jesus for His work to call us what we are and then meet us where we are to save our lives. Thank Him for taking our defilement upon Himself (by His death) and giving us His purity (by His Spirit).

4. Who do you know that sizes up other people as defiled or unworthy (and it might be you)? Pray for them, asking the Lord to help them see first their own defilement and corruption of heart, and His power and grace to save people like us.

5. Ask the Holy Spirit to bear in you His fruit of love and goodness. Pray for His power of renewal and transformation built upon the security that only Jesus can give us by faith.

Looking Back

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