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The Exclusive Club:

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Stephen Johns

on 30 March 2014

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The Exclusive Jesus Club:
How a good servant got left out
Mark 9:38-41
John's Perspective
An anonymous exorcist
A non-follower
The Special Call of Christ
John had stopped thinking of himself as a flawed and sinful human in desperate need of Christ who has been graciously and mercifully called to represent Christ.
He is a Disciple worthy of respect, being followed and a position in the Kingdom of God.
John has confused his calling as his identity
A Narrow View of God's Work
Numbers 11:24-29
John has a narrow view because his focus is on himself, a man, rather than on God and His plan.
Christ's Correction
Operating in the name of Christ
Operating on behalf of Christ
Operating in ministry to Christ
Acts 19:13-16

13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.  14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.  15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?  16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
This man is operating in such a way that draws attention to Christ and His power.

For this, Jesus says 'leave the man alone.'
What both of these phrases show us is that there is no middle ground. Either you are for Him or not.

This man is for Him so Jesus says 'leave him alone.'
Matthew 12:30
"Whoever is not with me is against me"
Mark 9:40
"Whoever is not against us is with us"
Jesus says this mans ministry is being received by God as though it is being done unto Him.

This man hasn't given up what the Disciples have but this cup of water ministry is rewarded so Jesus says 'leave him alone.'
The Cap Arcona Incident
Accepting and Rejecting
Discerning the Mountains
Examine your heart
First Level Doctrine
What is central to the faith?
Deity and humanity of Christ
Justification by faith alone
Inspiration of Scripture
Second Level Doctrine
What is central to church membership?
Mode of baptism
Church polity
Third Level Doctrine
What is central to my individual beliefs?
Worship styles
Version preference
Women Pastors
Calvinism or Arminiasm
“The man was doing a good work without doubt. He was warring on the same side as the apostles, beyond question.”
J.C. Ryle
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