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In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares an inspiring sermon titled "The Most Important of All." Join us as we focus our study on Mark 12:28-34 and hear powerful wisdom on the most important thing we can do every single day: love God and love people. Our prayer is that this message encourages you to love the Lord with your whole heart.
Scripture ReferenceMark 12:28-34
The Most Important of All
What is the most important thing a person can do every single day?
Matthew 22:34-35 ESV
34But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.
Mark 12:28 ESV
28And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, "Which commandment is the most important of all?"
John 6:28 NIV
28Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
Luke 10:25 NIV
25On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Matthew 19:16 NIV
16Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
Mark 12:29-30 ESV
29Jesus answered, "The most important is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 NIV
4Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Mark 12:30 ESV
30And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'
Heart: core of our being, place of our affection
Soul: inner being, desires, emotions
Mind: intellect, thoughts, and will
Strength: physical body, physical capacity, physical energy
6These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.
7Impress them on your children...
7Talk about them when you sit at home...
7and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
8Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Mark 12:31 ESV
31The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
Ephesians 5:29 NIV
29After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church—
Matthew 22:40 NLT
40The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Mark 12:32-34 ESV
32And the scribe said to him, "You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." 34And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.