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Mark 9:38-42  — Lesson on Sectarianism

Mark 9:38-42 — Lesson on Sectarianism

BIG IDEA: THE PATHWAY TO GREATNESS IS RESPECTING DIVERSITY IN KINGDOM MINISTRY FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE CROSSINTRODUCTION:More important to get the big picture and how it all hangs together in this sectionOverall context: Jesus has turned his focus to the Cross-...
Mark 9:30-37  — Greatness in the Kingdom

Mark 9:30-37 — Greatness in the Kingdom

BIG IDEA: GREATNESS IN THE KINGOM MUST BE MEASURED FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE CROSSINTRODUCTION:I wanted to begin this morning by considering some famous quotes on the subject of Greatness – what makes someone attain to Greatness? What is the pathway or the secret to...
Mark 8:34-38  — The Heavy Cost of Discipleship

Mark 8:34-38 — The Heavy Cost of Discipleship

BIG IDEA: THE REDEMPTIVE MISSION OF JESUS CHRIST CAN ONLY BE EMBRACED BY RELINQUISHING HUMAN AUTONOMY AND SUBMITTING TO DIVINE LORDSHIP AS A GENUINE DISICPLE [WHICH WILL INCLUDE REJECTION AND SUFFERING]INTRODUCTION:Remember the flow of the passage in this key heart of...
Mark 8:27-30  — Who Is This Jesus?

Mark 8:27-30 — Who Is This Jesus?

BIG IDEA: THE TRUE IDENTITY OF JESUS CONSTITUTES THE ULTIMATE LITMUS TESTINTRODUCTION:We all know what a litmus test is. That is where one particular criteria serves as a watershed to place people into two opposing camps. The expression is a metaphor based on the...
Mark 8:1-26  — Examining Our Spiritual Vision

Mark 8:1-26 — Examining Our Spiritual Vision

BIG IDEA: OUR EYES OF FAITH NEED CLEAR VISION OF THE POWER AND SUFFICIENCY OF OUR SAVIORINTRODUCTION:We have observed many key threads as we have studied through the first half of the gospel of Mark — 4 most prominent threads:- The most important = the identity...
Mark 7:24-37  — Outsiders Can Become Insiders

Mark 7:24-37 — Outsiders Can Become Insiders

BIG IDEA: JESUS GRACIOUSLY EXTENDS HIS HEALING POWER TO DESPERATE GENTILES – IN RECOGNITION OF REMARKABLE FAITH AND EVOKING REMARKABLE TESTIMONYINTRODUCTION:Have you ever experienced being an outsider – not being part of the accepted group with all of its privileges...
Mark 7:1-13  — Exposing Self Righteous Religious Tradition

Mark 7:1-13 — Exposing Self Righteous Religious Tradition

BIG IDEA: RELIGIOUS TRADITION CREATES HYPOCRITES IN THE SIGHT OF GOD BY UNDERMINING THE AUTHORITY OF GOD’S WORDINTRODUCTION:Some passages the Lord makes so simple that you can’t possibly miss the main point. Here Jesus just repeats His Big Idea statement several times...
Mark 5:1-20  — Domination Over Demons

Mark 5:1-20 — Domination Over Demons

BIG IDEA: THE COMPASSIONATE SAVIOR DEMONSTRATES HIS DOMINION OVER THE DESTRUCTIVE POWER OF DEPRAVED DEMONSINTRODUCTION:Massive outbreaks of visible demonic activity are very scarce throughout human history. You have the rebellion of 1/3 of the angels at the beginning...
Mark 4:35-41  — Even the Wind and Sea Obey Him

Mark 4:35-41 — Even the Wind and Sea Obey Him

BIG IDEA: JESUS CAN BE TRUSTED IN THE STORMS OF LIFE BECAUSE HE IS LORD OF ALL –CONFIDENCE IN THE SUPREME AUTHORITY AND PROVIDENTIAL CARE OF OUR SOVEREIGN SAVIOR SHOULD EMBOLDEN OUR FAITHINTRODUCTION:We see disobedience to Jesus Christ all around us every day. It is...