Mark 11: The King Arrives

Mark 11 shows us the official presentation of Jesus as Israel’s King.  Israel–primarily Israel’s religious establishment–rejects him as King, which leads to the cross and suffering.  Israel would be judged because of their unfruitfulness for God.  This should compel us to be fruitful, which might look like this:

Wonder: We seek God and are amazed at his glory and grace

Worship: We respond to his greatness with praise and a changed life

Witness: We tell others what God has done in our lives

Mark 9: Jesus Reveals His Glory

To follow up on chapter 8, where Jesus begins to make clear that he will suffer and die on the cross–which means a radical change in the disciples’ expectations–in chapter 9 Jesus reveals his glory to some of his followers.  They get to see “behind the scenes” at who Jesus really is: the Son of God in human flesh, no doubt to strengthen their faith as difficult times and persecution come along.

Jonah 2-4: Compassion for the Perishing

What can we learn from the story of the prophet Jonah who at first rejected God’s commission for him?  In this message, Joshua Smith unpacks this short, Old Testament book so we can see how merciful and patient God is (with Jonah; with the city of Ninevah).  God is a God of second chances, coming to Jonah after he fled from him, and restoring him to his mission, only to have to deal with Jonah’s sin and selfishness again at the end of the story.

Jonah 1: Running from God

What can we learn from the story of the prophet Jonah who at first rejected God’s commission for him?  In this message, Joshua Smith unpacks this short, Old Testament book so we can see how merciful and patient God is (with Jonah; with the city of Ninevah).  God is a God of second chances, coming to Jonah after he fled from him, and restoring him to his mission, only to have to deal with Jonah’s sin and selfishness again at the end of the story.

Mark 7: Jesus Wants Your Heart

Jesus wants us to be real with him and with others.  He confronts the religious leaders of his day for being hypocrites–pretending to be one thing (true worshippers) while being another thing (fake worshippers).  In this chapter Mark shows us how Jesus does battle with the religious leaders’ views on ceremonial cleanness, then recounts how Jesus healed two “unclean” (Gentile) people in his mercy.

Mark 5: Jesus Shows Mercy

Mark chapter five highlights three hopeless people: a demon possessed man, a desperate woman and a dead girl.  The situation of the demon possessed man when Jesus meets him is may be the most heart-wrenching in all the Bible.

And then Jesus steps into his life.

This chapter shows the immense compassion and mercy of Jesus in his healing ministry.  It also gives us a glimpse of the future glories of his kingdom.