Mar 3, 2019
It Gets Personal

Jesus Followers                   Mark 8:27-30

It Gets Personal

Jesus starts the questioning at a comfortable distance, "Who do people say that I am?"
 
Then Jesus gets up close and personal and asks, "Who do you say that I am?"
 

Peter’s Declaration about Jesus

27 Jesus and his disciples left Galilee and went up to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. As they were walking along, he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

28 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other prophets.”

29 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”

Peter replied, “You are the Messiah.*

30 But Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

 
We may think we follow at a distance.  We might even attempt to follow at a comfortable distance.  Vibrant and vital discipleship get us personal and put us up close to Jesus .
 
We all need to answer the question, "Who is Jesus?"
 
 
          
 
 

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  • Mar 3, 2019It Gets Personal
    Mar 3, 2019
    It Gets Personal

    Jesus Followers                   Mark 8:27-30

    It Gets Personal

    Jesus starts the questioning at a comfortable distance, "Who do people say that I am?"
     
    Then Jesus gets up close and personal and asks, "Who do you say that I am?"
     

    Peter’s Declaration about Jesus

    27 Jesus and his disciples left Galilee and went up to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. As they were walking along, he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

    28 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other prophets.”

    29 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”

    Peter replied, “You are the Messiah.*

    30 But Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

     
    We may think we follow at a distance.  We might even attempt to follow at a comfortable distance.  Vibrant and vital discipleship get us personal and put us up close to Jesus .
     
    We all need to answer the question, "Who is Jesus?"
     
     
              
     
     

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  • Feb 17, 2019Familiarity
    Feb 17, 2019
    Familiarity

    Follow Jesus                            Mark 6:1-6

    Familiarity

    Jesus returns to His hometown.  He does not receive the homecoming one would expect.  The people in His hometown are wondering where He obtained His wisdom and the power to do miracles.  They say, "This is just Jesus, just the son of a carpenter, just Mary's son, this is just Jesus."
     
    Their familiarity make them resistant to Jesus.  The result is Jesus' power is limited.
     
    As is said, "Familiarity breeds contempt."  For us unbelief is not our problem.  We too may be so familiar with Jesus, so comfortable with Jesus, our discipleship is commonplace and mundane.  Familiarity has diminished any passion.
     
    When our discipleship is mundane, Jesus is limited to do anything new, anything extraordinary.
     
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  • Feb 10, 2019Dilemma
    Feb 10, 2019
    Dilemma

    Jesus Followers                                   Mark 4:35-41

    Dilemma

    Jesus Calms the Storm
    35 As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” 36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). 37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.
    38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”
    39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
    41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”
     
    As followers of Jesus we will come to a point where we face a dilemma. Eventually we will have to decide to follow in Jesus' way or take a different way.
     
    On the Sea of Galilee the disciples ask themselves, "Who is this that the wind and sea obey?" You can almost hear the next question as it ripples across the water, "Do we also obey?"
     
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  • Feb 3, 2019Stop Following
    Feb 3, 2019
    Stop Following

    Jesus Followers                           Mark 3:13-19

    Stop Following

    13 Then Jesus went up a hill and called to himself the men he wanted. They came to him, 14and he chose twelve, whom he named apostles. “I have chosen you to be with me,” he told them. “I will also send you out to preach, 15and you will have authority to drive out demons.”

    16 These are the twelve he chose: Simon (Jesus gave him the name Peter); 17James and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee (Jesus gave them the name Boanerges, which means “Men of Thunder”); 18Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Patriot, 19and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus.

    Focus Verse:
    Mark 3:13
    Jesus went up on a mountain and called those he wanted, and they came to him.
     
    Sometimes we think we are not good enough, popular enough, rich enough, smart enough, charismatic enough for Jesus to call us.
     
    These are not prerequisites to being called. From this group that Jesus calls, being a sinner is a prerequisite, being a doubter is a prerequisite, misbehaving is a prerequisite and maybe even an occasional disagreement with Christ is a prerequisite.
     
     
    Reflect on...
    What do you need to stop following in order for Jesus to use you?
     
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  • Jan 27, 2019Sabbath
    Jan 27, 2019
    Sabbath

    Jesus Followers                                  Mark 3:1-6

    Sabbath

    Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

    Jesus went into the synagogue again and noticed a man with a deformed hand. Since it was the Sabbath, Jesus’ enemies watched him closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.

    Jesus said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front of everyone.” Then he turned to his critics and asked, Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?” But they wouldn’t answer him.

    He looked around at them angrily and was deeply saddened by their hard hearts. Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored! At once the Pharisees went away and met with the supporters of Herod to plot how to kill Jesus.

     

     
     
  • Jan 20, 2019Is it for You?
    Jan 20, 2019
    Is it for You?

    Jesus Followers                        Mark 2:13-17

    Is it for you?

    Jesus Calls Levi (Matthew)

    13 Then Jesus went out to the lakeshore again and taught the crowds that were coming to him. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up and followed him.

    15 Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) 16 But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and o

    ther sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?”

    17 When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

     
    Jesus again extends the invitation to follow.  This time to a tax collector, one of the more despised persons of the day.  Jesus was hanging out with many of these tax collectors and other sinners.  Naturally, Jesus is criticized for hangout out with such people.
     
    Pious people say, "Change, then join us."  Jesus says, "Join us, then you will change."
     
    Jesus says He didn't for for the pious,  He came for the unpious, unreligious, unsanctified, and the unholy people.  Did Jesus come for you?
     
    Reflect on...
    1) How does it impact you that Jesus said He didn't come for the pious, and the righteous, but that He came for sinners?
    2) In your life, do you put on the mark of piety or are you sincere about being one of the sick?
     
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  • Jan 13, 2019Uphill
    Jan 13, 2019
    Uphill

    Jesus Followers                           Mark 2:1-9

    There is a big difference between being a believer in Jesus and being a follower of Jesus. One is demonstrated by intellect and the other is demonstrated by action. The gospel is very clear that Jesus does not expect us just to think rightly about Him, but also to live rightly because of Him. To be a disciple of Christ is to actually do what He has called us to do. Are you a Jesus follower?

     

    Uphill

    Jesus offers forgiveness to a paralyzed person.  The person was expecting to be healed.  The people who brought him to Jesus were expecting him to be healed.  The legal experts were expecting to be healed.  Instead, Jesus offers forgiveness.
     
    We also expect Jesus to heal.  Most of the names on the prayer list are prayers for healing.  We expect Jesus to heal.
     
    Jesus asks, "Which one is easier, healing or forgiveness?"
     
    Like the people in the story, we think healing is harder than forgiveness.  We need to take to heart Jesus' question, "Which one is easier, healing or forgiveness?"
     
     
    Reflect on...
    Do you trust Jesus to forgive as much as you trust Jesus to heal?
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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  • Jan 6, 2019Jesus Says
    Jan 6, 2019
    Jesus Says

    Jesus Followers                                  Mark 1:16-20

     

    Epiphany Sunday is the day we celebrate the arrival of the wise men. It is the manifestation of Christ to the whole world.

     

    Jesus Says

     
    There is a big difference between being a believer in Jesus and being a follower of Jesus. One is demonstrated by intellect and the other is demonstrated by action. The gospel is very clear that Jesus does not expect us just to think rightly about Him, but also to live rightly because of Him. To be a disciple of Christ is to actually do what He has called us to do. Are you a Jesus follower?
     
    We say, "Jesus says", we say Jesus says 'Pray this way.'" We say "Jesus says, 'Do this.'" We say "Jesus says, 'Don't do this.'" We say Christianity is about doing what Jesus says.  But what if doing what we say Jesus says isn't what Jesus says to do at all?
     
    Jesus does say to "Come follow me."  All he wants is for you to be a part of the Body of Christ.
     
    Jesus says he will show us.  What?  How to become more like Him.
     
    He will make us fishers of people. How do we do that?  By becoming more like Him we are better able to expand his ministry to others.
     
     
     
    Reflect on...
    What is one thing you can do this week to begin to follow Jesus or to follow him more closely?
     
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