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How To Be Pro-Life      Mark 3:3-5; 5:33-42; 10:14-16       Jan. 17, 2010



Introduction 

       In earlier years some of the leaders of the SBC. let their liberalism tone down their leadership in this area.

I remember Adrian Rodgers making a motion for us to support and encourage the fight against Abortion and Foy Valentine opposed his motion because his motion encouraged us to rally our forces on the same day the Catholic Church had a big day. I was personally very proud of Our support for Dr. Rogers motion. Some have led in the example of, How To Be Pro Life. 

 

1    Be More Concerned About . . Restoring Life Than Man Made Rules. Mk. 3:3-5

       A.   Be Pro Life . . Speak Out In The Face Of Opposition. 3:3-6

              3 He told the man with the paralyzed hand, "Stand before us." 4 Then He said to them, "Is it lawful on

       the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" But they were silent.  

 

       B.   Be Pro Life Express Our . . Sorrow About The Millions Of Abortions. 3:5

              5 After looking around at them with anger and sorrow at the hardness of their hearts, He told the man,

       "Stretch out your hand." So he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.


       In my opinion Christians have kept more silent than we should on the sanctity of life. On many occasions liberal politicians and theological people have spoken much more than we have. Of course they have a liberal media supporting them. We must do more in speaking up and expressing our beliefs and concerns. Jesus gives us a good example. He spoke right in the front of the critics and asked a very good question. Did you note they kept silent? We can follow the example of Jesus and speak up on the issues of restoring life. Our sorrow about the slaughter of millions of babies needs to be heard.

 

 

2    Be Concerned About . . Remedies And The Resuscitating Of Life. Mk. 5:33-42

       A.   Be Pro Life . . Express Your Personal Faith In Jesus. 5:33

33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came with fear and trembling, fell down

       before Him, and told Him the whole truth.

 

       B.   Be Pro Life . . Expand The Influence Of Your Healing At The Hand Of Jesus. 5:34

34 "Daughter," He said to her, "your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be free from your affliction."

 

       C.   Be Pro Life . . Explain The Extent Of The Need For The Touch Of The Lord.. 5:35-39

35 While He was still speaking, people came from the synagogue leader's house and said, "Your

       daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher any more?" 36 But when Jesus overheard what was said, He told

       the synagogue leader, "Don't be afraid. Only believe." 37 He did not let anyone accompany Him except

Peter, James, and John, James' brother. 38 They came to the leader's house, and He saw a commotion—people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, "Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep."

 

       D.   Be Pro Life . . Encircle Yourself With Like Minded People. 5:40-42

40 They started laughing at Him, but He put them all outside. He took the child's father, mother, and

       those who were with Him, and entered the place where the child was. 41 Then He took the child by the

       hand and said to her, "Talitha koum!" (which is translated, "Little girl, I say to you, get up!").

       42 Immediately the girl got up and began to walk. (She was 12 years old.) At this they were utterly

       astounded.


       Faith can grow in others as they see us expressing our faith. The lady in the text demonstrated her fait in a secretive manner but other knew of the results. When we express our faith it helps others. In showing our faith we may have to encounter people with less faith or no faith. It did not stop Jesus because He knew what He was going to do. His children must express faith in times of ridicule and depend on Jesus to work as we know He can. I find it interesting that Jesus did not allow any doubters to go in the room with Him. He encircled Himself with a select group who received the privilege of seeing the girl arise. Simon Peter used the same words when God allowed him to be used in the restoring a life. (Acts 9:40)


 

3.   Be Concerned About . . Receiving Children Into The Kingdom. Mk. 10:14-16

       A.   Be Pro Life Declare Your. . Indignation Concerning the Rejection Of Children. 10:14

14 When Jesus saw it, He was indignant and said to them, "Let the little children come to Me. Don't

       stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

 

       A.   Be Pro Life . . Identify With Those Who Love the unborn and Little Children. 10:15-16

15 I assure you: Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."

       16 After taking them in His arms, He laid His hands on them and blessed them. HCSB


       Some people show little or no concern about the salvation of children. We can surely say thanks for the organization, “Child Evangelism.” Jesus came to seek and save, and children would be on the top of His list. Can you imagine stopping the children from coming to Jesus? To stop the life of millions of unborn babies should foster our indignation and make us oppose abortion. The Lord tells adults if you come to Jesus you must come as a little child. Those who identify with the salvation God gives must come as little children. Sharing our indignation and identifying with others who speak up will certainly help teach others How To Be Pro Life. Amen? Amen!