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Following Jesus Christ 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.

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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. 

This world pulls us in many different directions, often disguised as "Christian" teaching. The call of Christ is to abide in him. As believers navigate what it is to follow Jesus in the midst of a world in darkness, John writes to arms us with truth and encourage us to be a light as Jesus is light; love as God is love; and to fellowship in the common life we have in Jesus. 

Life requires U-Turns. Some big and some small. The book of Jonah is full of them. We're all walking on a path that is the wrong way, but by his grace, God turns us around 180 degrees on a path towards him. In light of this, in the book of Jonah we'll be focusing on four themes; the nature of God, the response of people, the mission of God, and the person of Christ.

God has given us every reason to celebrate and that is what we seek to do in this series. On Palm and Resurrection Sundays we will focus on what some refer to as “The Christ Hymns” of Philippians 2:6-11 and Colossians 1:15-20. After that, we will celebrate 75 years of existence as a church family. We will invest time in Ephesians 1:3-14 and Ephesians 2.1-10. In the end, our goal is to celebrate Jesus Christ and the work he is doing through his church.

God has a purpose for this world that he designed before time began. God called Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob into that plan and gave them promises to hold onto as they took steps of faith in active obedience. We also fit into God’s purpose as we walk by faith to wherever he takes us. Ultimately all of our stories point to the glory of God as he fulfills his plan in this world.

A Jesus Christmas is a joyful Christmas. The experience of Christmas may mean different things to different people, but the reality of Christmas is Jesus Christ. That means the most pressing issue for each of us this Christmas has nothing to do with presents, stockings, mistletoe, or even family. It is the posture of our heart toward Jesus.

The Psalms of Ascent (Ps 120-134) offer us help on the journey of our lives as we walk with God through the good times and bad. These psalms help us approach God in worship via avenues of lament, thanksgiving, praise, and celebration. They lead us into worship on the journey: bringing who we are (transparency) to who God is (confidence) together with God’s people (community).  

If you're looking for stand-alone sermons or messages that are not part of any of the series, you can find them here. These messages cover a wide range of topics and texts.

If you're looking for our past sermon series, you can find them here! You'll find a wide variety of sermons from series we've preached through in the past.