Killing Remaining Sin: Joel Beeke on Mark 9:43-50

Do you need motivation to fight sin in your life? Do you need help understanding why you need to put sin to death?

“And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

– Mark 9:43-50

Sermon Highlights

  • Contrary to what people might think today, Jesus Christ was not soft on sin
  • God’s redemption does not deliver us from our present problem of indwelling sin. Instead he provides help to continually resist, struggle against, and weaken it.
  • Faith and repentance are God’s primary means for Christians to gain victory over sin
  • Sin is always present to cause problems – hindering godly desires, church participation, personal prayer, serving others, etc.
  • A Christian’s duty is to resist sin to the point of death
  • Quotes from John Owen on how to weaken sin
  • Ways to gain strength against future fights with sin
  • The horrors of hell
  • Helps God provides to fight against sin

Questions for Study

These questions are based on the information from this message and follow the order of the talk. Some of the questions may challenge you to think beyond what you hear and take what you learn a step further through application or bringing in knowledge you might already have.

  1. Why does Joel Beeke say Jesus was not soft on sin? Why might some Christians think that he was?
  2. Why is sin such a problem? What are some ways you are currently troubled by sin? How has sin negatively affected your life or the lives of people you know?
  3. Why is it a Christian’s duty to fight sin? Why do you – or other Christians – not see this as a duty?
  4. What does Jesus mean when he says in Mark 9:43-47 to cut off body parts? What are the hand, foot, and eye metaphors for?
  5. What are some ways Dr. Beeke mentions to practically remove sin from your life?
  6. How can one gain strength against future fights with sin?
  7. What is so horrible about hell? What does this have to do with our fight (or lack of a fight) against sin?
  8. What helps does God provide for this battle? How do we cooperate with these helps?
  9. How does our hope in what God will do one day help motivate us in our present fight?
Jim Rosenquist

Jim Rosenquist

Jim is Founder, Editor, and Author at 4Elect. He holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. Jim rejoices that God chooses insignificant people to bring glory to Himself.

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