The events surrounding the final days of Jesus earthly
ministry remind us of the goodness, grace, and glory of
God. They equally remind us of the depths of the depravity
of man and the extent of our hopelessness without Christ.
Jesus is coming again! Until He returns, we are to follow His commands to love God and love our neighbor. We fulfill these commands by being diligent disciples who make disciples. Mark 13:1-37. 2014-04-06_The End is not Yet Mk 13_1-37 Handout
Jesus came to fulfill God’s plan to save His people from their sins. He is not simply a reformer of religion but is instead a transformer of human hearts. Jesus is the object of faith and the pinnacle of all God’s wondrous works for the good of mankind. He can be known, loved, adored, and exalted by those who place their faith in Him.
Mark 10:1-52 The teachings of Jesus are lofty, weighty, and practical. When we seek Him and the wisdom of His teachings, we find that Jesus speaks clearly and consistently to our deepest needs. 2014-03-16_On the Way Mk 10_1-52 Handout
As disciples of Jesus, we must be taught by Him. Knowing Jesus as Savior is merely the beginning of the lifelong process of learning the depths of His love, the beauty of His glory, and the urgency of His mission. Mere Discipleship Mk 9_30-50 Handout
Jesus’ compassion on the least and the lost is precious to those who see themselves among the needy. For those who pride themselves in their self-sufficiency, the compassion of Jesus is a point of contention and a stumbling block to their understanding and trusting Jesus. Our daily struggle with sin and self-sufficiency is a battle that is won through surrendering daily to the compassionate Christ who has already won the victory and provided all we need in Him. 2014-02-23_Compassionate Jesus Mk 7_24-8_9 Handout
Our commitment to follow Jesus is a commitment to follow a radical. Jesus operated in the supernatural. His words and works defied religious tradition, the laws of nature, and human reason. As we follow Him, our words and works will be discounted and disregarded by some but God will use them to bring some to repentance and faith—to follow Jesus. Jesus the Radical Mark 6_6-7_23 Handout
There is nothing more important than our understanding of God.
Our understanding of who God is and how He has acted in our
world determines the basis for how we are to respond to His call to
follow Him. Following Jesus requires faith…even when we don’t
have all the reasons, facts, and warm fuzzy feelings.