Gospel of Mark:

Following Jesus Christ

If we are to follow Jesus and follow him effectively, then we are faced with two questions that are of utmost importance. Who is Jesus? and What is a disciple? We'll answer these questions as we go through the Gospel of Mark, so that we can be equipped to be true disciples. 

Following Jesus Christ

Mark 1:1-15

Abraham Cremens

September 1, 2019

 


Throughout history, anyone who has been exposed to Jesus has had to answer two questions: Who is he? And how should I respond to him? Mark knows this and aims to answer these questions head on. In our passagetoday we see Jesus as God, as the goal of God’s plan in this world, and as the victor in that plan. A disciple, then, is one who repents and believes in Jesus.

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Following Jesus Christ on Mission

Mark 1:16-20

Abraham Cremeens

September 8, 2019

 


Jesus’ ministry began with recruiting a few men to be with him indiscipleship. Jesus took the initiative and their response was total abandon and submission to him and his mission. Biblically, then, to follow Jesus is to also help others do the same as we fish for people. This reveals that to be a disciple is also to be a disciple-maker among the least and the lost in this world.

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Following Jesus Christ in Authority

Mark 1:21-39

Gami Ortiz

September 15, 2019

 

As Jesus begins his ministry, teaching in a synagogue, people recognize he teaches with authority. He does not reference others' authority or expertise, because Jesus himself is the authority! Disciples then are those who submit to the authority of Jesus in their lives. In turn, they are sent in his authority to continue his mission of making disciples.

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Following Jesus Christ through Suffering

Mark 1:40-2:12

Abraham Cremens

September 22, 2019

 

In our passage, we meet two men with real needs who approach Jesus for healing. Jesus’ response shows that he has all authority to meet those needs and the deeper needs behind them. Our response as disciples must always be to see our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs as a pathway to experiencing Jesus as sufficient in every area of our life.

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Following Jesus Christ to Outsiders

Mark 2:13-17

Abraham Cremens

September 29, 2019

 

In our passage, we meet a tax collector named Levi. He represents all outsiders, those who don’t belong in society or with God. We also see Jesus arrive on the scene full of grace. Jesus loves to make outsiders into insiders as they find their belonging in him and the new redeemed community he is building. In response to the grace of Jesus, Levi connects his “outsider” friends to the great Physician Jesus who can heal their sin-sick heart and then be on the inside with him.

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