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Close is only good in horseshoes and hand grenades (Mark 12:28-34)

Tony FelichTony Felich, June 10, 2012
Part of the Exposition of The Gospel of Mark series, preached at a Morning Worship service


Some people are far from the Kingdom of God, some are at the doorstep.

I. Asking important questions reveals a genuine search (28)

II. Jesus has the answers (29-31)

III. The quest for spiritual discovery is not an end in itself (32-33)

IV. You must know Christ, not just the answer to questions, to be in the Kingdom of God (34)

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Mark 12:28-34

28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions. (ESV)

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