The Heart of the Kingdom

June 12, 2022 Pastor: Brandon Babcock Series: Mark: The Forgotten Gospel

Scripture: Mark 7:1–7:23, Matthew 7:1–7:5, Matthew 12:33–12:37, Psalm 139:23–139:24, Ezekiel 36:26–36:29


Mark 7:1-23

The Controversy:

Mark 7:1-23

  • The Pharisees oppose Jesus through the disciples on the issue of ritual purity
  • Jesus counters the Pharisees by attacking the source of their authority — “the tradition of the elders.”
  • Jesus teaches that people are defiled by the actions and attitudes that come out of the human heart.

The Takeaways:

Matthew 7:1-5, Matthew 12:33-37, Psalm 139:23-24, Ezekiel 36:26-29

  1. “Living” by human tradition rather than the will of God runs the risk of two spiritual dangers: legalism & hypocrisy.
  2. My external attitudes and actions are the direct result of my internal heart.
  3. The solution to the defiled human heart is the radical transformative power of the kingdom of God.

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