Is the Church Asleep?

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While inside a boat with the disciples, Jesus was asleep during the storm.  The disciples became frightened because they believed the boat would sink.   The came to Jesus begging him to wake up.  He got up and calmed the wind and the waves with His voice.  

Just before Jesus went to the cross, He took the disciples to Gethsemane to pray.  He knew He was going to face a painful death.  He asked the disciples to pray, yet the fell asleep.   Too often, the church does not take the request of Jesus seriously.  Often, we fall asleep on the Job.  However, when our own lives are at stake, we become very anxious for Jesus to respond to our request.

This sermon is meant to motivate us to trust in Christ and further His mission.

"They came to a place named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, "Sit here until I have prayed." And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be very distressed and troubled. And He said to them, "My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch." And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by. And He was saying, "Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will." And He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." Again He went away and prayed, saying the same words. And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him. And He came the third time, and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough; the hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!"" (Mark 14:32-42, NASB)
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