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January 22, 2012 Speaker: Scott C. Jones Series: Passion - The Gospel of Mark

Topic: Exposition Scripture: Mark 1:16–1:45


Tell and Show


            Beginning: Newness & Continuity


            Son of God, Messiah of Israel



“Immediately”: Where is He going?


Mark 1:16-45

Miracles: Foretastes of the Kingdom


The “Naturalness” of Miracles


The Authority of the King


In His Teaching


Over Evil


The Heart of the King


“Be Cleansed”: A Divine Exchange


Suffering: Kingdom Conquest


The Call of Jesus


Followers, not Fans


Community Meditation

 Growing in knowledge

  • “If Jesus could do such great miracles, why doesn’t he or didn’t he simply wave his hand and do away with all suffering?” How would you address this statement given the themes discussed on Sunday?
  • On the other hand: why do you think Jesus did any miracles at all?

Feeling life deeply

  • What is your emotional reaction to Christ’s call to “take up your cross daily and follow Me”? Share how your story either encourages you to heed this call or causes hesitation in your response.
  • Have you ever experienced “resurrection life” as a result of heeding Christ’s call to die to yourself? 

Living  with courage

  • Are you more prone to exhibit the characteristics of a Christ follower or fan?
  • Discuss the distinction made between demonstrating the Kingdom and how the Kingdom actually conquers. How might this inform our understanding of the relationship between “good deeds” and proclamation of the Gospel?




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Death by Love, Resurrection by Grace, Unleashing the Kingdom

August 19, 2012

Truth and Power

August 12, 2012

His Last Days - Pt. II