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.

Having trouble with the player? Click here to download.

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.

Having trouble with the player? Click here to download.

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.

Having trouble with the player? Click here to download.

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.

Having trouble with the player? Click here to download.

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.

Having trouble with the player? Click here to download.

Following Jesus Christ as the Greater Goal

Mark 2:18-3:6

Abraham Cremens

October 6, 2019

 

In our passage, Jesus faces three more controversies centered on the practices of fasting and Sabbath rest. Both practices are good gifts from God meant to help his people connect with him in the midst of life’s rhythms. However, people had turned these practices into the end goal rather than seeing Jesus as the greater goal of these rhythms. Jesus took the opportunity to reveal more truth about himself and encourage his disciples to follow him as the greater goal of their lives.

Having trouble with the player? Click here to download.

Following Jesus Christ in Spiritual Investment

Mark 3:7-19

Abraham Cremens

October 27, 2019

 

In our passage, Jesus models fruitful ministry that focuses both generally to all and specifically to a few. In the former, his popularity grows as he gives of himself compassionately and sacrificially to the masses. In the latter, he forms the nucleus of his church as he trains a few men who will eventually reach those masses. A main takeaway for the church of every generation is that we, too, must multiply as we invest in the lives of others who go on to do the same.

Having trouble with the player? Click here to download.

Wrong Conclusions: Tragic Consequences

Mark 3:20-35

Paul Briggs

November 3, 2019

 

What a person believes about Jesus Christ is centrally tied to how that person will choose to live life in the present and where that person will spend eternity in the future. To put it another way, drawing a wrong conclusion about who Jesus Christ is and what He came to do brings God’s righteous anger and eternal separation from Him.

Having trouble with the player? Click here to download.

Following Jesus as Disciple-Makers

Mark 4:1-20

Gami Ortiz

November 10, 2019

 

Jesus provides a commentary by way of a parable on the varying responses to his message by those around him. Some follow him to accuse, some are caught up in the excitement of the supernatural, and others have left everything to follow him. Jesus makes clear that those that are true disciples are ones that receive his message and also preach it.

Having trouble with the player? Click here to download.

Following Jesus in Kingdom Confidence

Mark 4:21-34

Abraham Cremeens

November 17, 2019

 

In this passage, Jesus expresses truths about his kingdom in four different parables. Altogether we see that the kingdom is visible in Jesus, accessible in Jesus, powerful under the authority of Jesus, and glorious through the work of Jesus. Disciples, then, enter the kingdom by faith in King Jesus and engage in kingdom living for the glory of his name.

Having trouble with the player? Click here to download.

Following Jesus Christ in the Storm

Mark 4:35-41

Will Peycke

November 24, 2019

 

Having trouble with the player? Click here to download.

From Madness to Mercy

Mark 5:1-20

Paul Briggs

January 5, 2020

 

What is impossible for a human being is possible with God. Both in the account of the calming of the storm (Mark 4:35-41) and the healing of the man with the demon (Mark 5:1-20), we see the glory of the deity of Jesus in how he handles both of these humanly impossible situations. The order and calm which result from Jesus taming the forces of nature in the storm and evil in the life of the demon-possessed man demonstrate His power, His greatness, and His worthiness is to be recognized and to be praised in our practice of truth.

Having trouble with the player? Click here to download.

Jesus Loves with Selfless Openness

Mark 5:1-20

Will Peycke

January 12, 2020

 

Jesus is confronted with four different intrusions or hassles in this passage and turns each into an opportunity to love others and strengthen their faith. He speaks and acts with authority and tenderness, always attentive to the person’s needs. When things go wrong, it is easy for us to doubt whether God is trustworthy and kind. But Jesus uses sufferings, interruptions, and delays to strengthen our faith and teach us to love.

Having trouble with the player? Click here to download.

Following Jesus Christ through Rejection

Mark 6:1-13

Gami Ortiz

January 19, 2020

 

Jesus has proven his divinity in teaching with authority, casting out demons, and healing the sick. Now Jesus returns to his hometown of Nazareth but is rejected. Jesus moves on from there, continuing his ministry and sending out the disciples to take up the mission. They are to remain dependent on God for all things, even in the face of rejection, as Jesus has already demonstrated.

Having trouble with the player? Click here to download.