Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Mark 7:1-13.
The Gospel is our tradition (Mark 7:1-13)
I. Judaism has two sources of authority, the written _______ and the oral _______ (the tradition of the elders).
A. Roman Catholicism.
C. Christian Science, etc.
II. Jesus ___________ the tradition of the elders, calling them the commandments of ________, and contrasting them with the commandments of _________ (v.8).
A. “For Moses said…” (v.10)
B. “But you say…” (v.11)
III. Jesus teaches the priority of the ______________ (heart) over the ______________ (ritual). See vv. 6-7 and 1 Samuel 16:7.
A. Rituals are visible actions, so when we do them to be seen by others and earn their approval, our hearts are far from the Lord (v.6; Matthew 6: 1-2).
B. Jesus accomplished our salvation by having a complete disregard for man’s approval, and we should have the same disregard (Isaiah 53:1-6; Matthew 6:3-4).
IV. Are human traditions/rituals good or bad?
A. Jesus teaches there is one source of authority for God’s people: ______________ (v.8).
B. The Lutheran movement is a __________________, not ______________, reformation.
C. We evaluate all rituals and traditions in light of _________________.