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The Surprising Kingdom

March 4, 2012 Speaker: Reid S. Monaghan Series: Passion - The Gospel of Mark

Topic: Exposition Scripture: Mark 4:21–4:34

Review and Introduction

Surprising Things

Describing the Mystery


Mark 4:21-34

The King Lights the World (Verses 21)

John 1:4,5; John 8:12; Revelation 21:23


The King Cannot be Ignored  (Verses 22-25)

Proverbs 9:9


The Kingdom is Always Flowing (Verses 26-29)


The Kingdom will Shock the World (Verses 30-32)


Through Kingdom People (Verses 33, 34)


The Final Surprise

Deposit — Growth — Unimaginable

The Big Reveal

Community Meditation Questions

Growing in knowledge

  • Jesus says of himself in John 8:12 “I am the light of the world.”  In Matthew 5:14 he says to his followers, “You are the light of the world.” In Mark 4:21 a lamp (Jesus) is put on a stand to give light. In Matthew 5:15 a light goes on a stand which is again related to Jesus’ followers. How should we relate these two truths theologically?
  • How does Jesus’ teaching about the end result of the SEED-GROWTH process give you hope about the future?

Feeling life deeply

  • Do ever feel like life  and your spiritual growth is not developing fast enough?  If patience is a virtue and fruit of the Holy Spirit (See Galatians 5:22, 23) what can we say of our impatience? Read James 5:7-11 and the metaphor of the patient farmer.  How should this see our growth in Him and the coming of his Kingdom? How does urgency and patience shape our sharing of the gospel with others? 

Living  with courage

  • Our society values instant gratification.  We want stuff now and we quit on stuff easily early on in the game. How have you noticed this in your life?
  • Perseverance is a biblical virtue where we stay faithful over time.  In what ways do you need to “stick with things” in your life? At work? In following Christ?


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