Jesus and His Kingdom Journey with Jesus Jesus and His Kingdom Mark 4:21-34 Jesus’ Light will not be hidden. (v. 21-25) – If we hide our influence, we misuse our influence. – If we hide our influence, we will lose our influence. (Ex: Revelation 2:1-5) God will grow His Kingdom. (v. 26-29) – There is a mystery to the growth of the Kingdom of God.

Jesus Changes Everything Journey with Jesus “Jesus Changes Everything” Mark 2: 18-22 It’s Time to CELEBRATE, Not Mourn – v. 18-20 We can celebrate in JESUS God is more INTERESTED in our heart than He is in our hands We can get excited in Jesus without being IRREVERENT; we can be righteous in Jesus without being LEGALISTIC. We MOURN over

A Glimpse of Glory Journey with Jesus A Glimpse of Glory Mark 9: 1-13 Acts 26: 13 The GLORY of the Son of God – v. 1-4 Exodus 3: 1-6 Exodus 19: 16-19 Exodus 24: 13-20 Exodus 33: 18-23 Exodus 40: 34-35 1 Kings 18: 38-39 2 Kings 2: 11-12 The VOICE of God the Father – v. 5-8 When

The Ministry of Jesus Begins Journey with Jesus:  The Ministry of Jesus Begins Mark 1: 9-20   The BAPTISM of Jesus (v. 9-11) His baptism INAUGURATED His public ministry His baptism identified Him with SINFUL humanity His baptism AFFIRMED the ministry of John the Baptist His baptism showed His DEPENDENCE on the Holy Spirit His baptism demonstrated His APPROVAL by God His baptism demonstrated a HUMILITY

The Call of Christ Journey with Jesus Mark 2: 13-17

The Beginning of the Good News A Journey with Jesus:  The Beginning of the Good News Mark 1: 1-8 The ETERNAL Message The Gospel is the good news that God has kept His promise to send a MESSIAH There is NONE like Jesus The HUMBLE Messenger John the Baptist was sent to PREPARE the way for the Messiah He was HUMBLE in appearance He was

The Sabbath Controversy Journey with Jesus Mark 2:23 – 3:6 The HISTORY of the Sabbath Originated by GOD in creation Genesis 2:1-3 Exodus 20:8-11 Established by God as a day of rest and WORSHIP Exodus 31:12-17 All works except acts of mercy, necessity, and worship were FORBIDDEN Isaiah 58:13 Matthew 12:9-12 The ABUSE of the Sabbath A vast number of

A Worship Sacrifice to Emulate Journey with Jesus Mark 14: 1-11 v. 1-3:  Worship sacrifices will be PUBLIC v. 4-5:  Worship sacrifices will be CRITICIZED v. 6-9:  Worship sacrifices will be REMEMBERED v. 10-11:  Worship sacrifices will be contrasted with Acts of BETRAYAL   Matt Wethington

A Day in the Life of Jesus A Journey with Jesus A Day in the Life of Jesus Mark 1:21-45 Jesus Authority is absolute (v 21-34) We see His absolute authority in His teaching. We see His absolute authority in His power over demons and disease. The demons know Jesus. The demons obey Jesus. The diseased are healed.  There is healing through faith in Jesus ChristJesus’

Invest, Invite, and Watch Jesus Work Journey with Jesus   Mark 2: 1-12 We Must be DESPERATE to Bring People to Jesus We must be willing to ADAPT how we minister the Gospel to reach the culture that surrounds us We Must TRUST Jesus to Heal and Forgive Our SINS are forgiven All of humanity is GUILTY of sin CONSEQUENCES of sin: Separation from

Kingdom Decision Making Journey with Jesus Kingdom Decision Making   Mark 3: 13-19

A Confrontation Close to Home Journey with Jesus A Confrontation Close to Home Mark 3:20-35 A Family AGITATED  v 20-21 The popularity of Jesus and the attention He is garnering is making His biological family UNCOMFORTABLE. His family is feeling pressure from the RELIGIOUS establishment.  A False ACCUSATION  v 22-30 The tensions continue to mount between Jesus and the religious ARISTOCRACY. Forgiveness

Called to Sow Seed Journey with Jesus Called to Sow Seed Mark 4: 1-20 Parable- an extended metaphor comparing a SPIRITUAL truth with something we are familiar with Soil #1- The PATH The fault is no in the seed, the fault is not in the sower The fault is a had, calloused HEART Soil #2- The ROCKY Ground These

The Miracles of Jesus Continue Journey with Jesus The Miracles of Jesus Continue Mark 6: 45-56 We should have FAITH in Jesus His plans GUIDE us – v. 45 His PRAYERS encourage us – v. 46 His POWER blesses us – v. 47-50 His DEITY blesses us – v. 50-51 His PATIENCE blesses us – v. 52 We should bring our HURTS to Jesus He will

Jesus Transforms Lives Journey with Jesus Jesus Transforms Lives Mark 5: 1-20 1 John 3: 3-8;  Luke 19: 10;  Colossians 1: 13-14 A Life BEFORE Meeting Christ – v. 1-5 We are HELPLESS & hopeless outside of Christ We are subject to the POWER of Satan outside of Christ A Life MEETS Christ – v. 6-13 Jesus is SOVEREIGN over all Jesus is

Jesus The Great Physician

Journey with Jesus

What Do I Think About Jesus? Journey With Jesus What Do I Think About Jesus–Mark 6:1-6 When I think about Jesus Am I Simply AMAZED ? His TEACHINGS should amaze me, but is that enough? His MIRACLES should amaze me, but is that enough? When I think about Jesus am I OFFENDED ? The EVIDENCE is clear, but have I

Called to Advance the Kingdom

Journey With Jesus Called to Advance the Kingdom Mark 6:7-13 Know This–We go with Jesus’ AUTHORITY       Mark 6:7 Jesus SUMMONS His followers Jesus SENDS His followers Know This–We are DEPENDENT on God           Mark 6:8-9 We leave behind the NON-ESSENTIALS  We must TRUST God for our daily needs Know

A Conflicted Spirit Journey with Jesus A Conflicted Spirit Mark 6: 14-29 Trying to Explain the SUPERNATURAL – v. 14-15 It is an exercise in FUTILITY It is an issue of FAITH Trying to Ignore TRUTH – v. 20 It is an EXERCISE in futility It is an ISSUE of faith 2 Timothy 3: 16 2 Peter 1: 20-21

Jehovah Rophe - The Lord Heals Journey with Jesus Jehovah Rophe – The Lord Heals Mark 8: 22-26 We must bring HURTING people to Jesus – v. 22 A DESPARATE man’s friends bring him to Jesus His friends BEG Jesus to heal him All of HUMANITY is hurting and in need of healing Ephesians 4: 17-19 1 Corinthians 2: 14 Outside of Christ we

Jesus Feeds Thousands Journey with Jesus Jesus Feeds Thousands Mark 6: 30-44 Jesus Prescribes REST – v. 30-32 The Apostles REJOICED in how God used them in ministry The Apostles were told to rest from their MINISTRY There is a time to work There is a time to rest Rest should always be accompanied by worship Jesus Allows a DIFFICULTY –

When Tradition Trumps Scripture Journey with Jesus When Tradition Trumps Scripture Mark 7: 1-23 The Hollowness of Religious TRADITION – v. 1-8 Jesus teaches that doing religious ACTIVITIES on the outside does not mean a person is right on the inside The Struggle between CULTURE and Truth – v. 9-13 Jesus teaches that if there is a conflict between culture and

The Widow's Lesson On Giving Journey with Jesus Matt Wethington Mark 12: 41-44 Jesus knows what we GIVE – v. 41-42 Jesus knows our HEART when we give – v. 43-44 Principles of Giving from God’s Word: 2 Corinthians 8: 1-12; 9: 6-14 Everything we have BELONGS to the Lord God delights in GENEROUS giving Giving is rooted in GRACE Giving is not contingent

Jesus is the Savior of All Humanity

  Journey with Jesus Jesus is the Savior of All Humanity Mark 7: 24-37 A  HURTING mom pleads with Jesus to heal her DESPERATE daughter No person or people group is outside the REACH  of Jesus – He is for all nations and all people groups The Lord NEVER refused anyone who approached Him

Jesus- God of Compassion Journey with Jesus Jesus- God of Compassion Mark 8: 1-10 Jesus CARES – v. 1-3 Matthew 15: 29-30 COMPASSION marked the life of Christ.  It is part of His nature.  It is part of who He is as God of the universe. Exodus 34: 6 Deuteronomy 4: 31 Psalms 103: 8 Psalms 116: 5 Jesus CARES for

The Reality of Spiritual Blindness Journey with Jesus The Reality of Spiritual Blindness Mark 8: 11-21   The Spiritual Blindness of the Unbeliever is PERMANENT – v. 11-13 Matthew 23 The Pharisees TEST the Lord The Pharisees GRIEVE the Lord 1 Corinthians 15: 29-34 The Pharisees LOSE the Lord The Spiritual Blindness of the Believer is TEMPORARY – v. 14-21 The Disciples were SLOW to

Lessons Learned in the Valley Lessons Learned in the Valley Journey with Jesus Mark 9: 14-29 We NEED Jesus Today – v. 14-19 In our own strength we are HELPLESS against temptation and the supernatural forces of our adversary. Yesterday’s spiritual VICTORIES do not guarantee spiritual victory today. We Need FAITH Today – v. 19-27 Hebrews 11: 6 Matthew 17: 20 The key

Jesus Announces His Death and Resurrection Jesus Announces His Death and Resurrection Journey with Jesus Mark 9: 30-32 Jesus is the Son of Man Emphasizes His full humanity Fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies Daniel 7: 11-14 Christ Would Die for MANKIND Hebrews 2: 17 Phillipians 2: 5-8 – Man had to die for man Luke 22: 19-20 John 10: 11-21 Romans 5:

The Path to Eternal Life Journey with Jesus The Path to Eternal Life Mark 10: 17-31   In One Sense – The Path to Eternal life is EASY We must go to the right PERSON We must ask the right QUESTIONS We must get the right ANSWERS We must give the right RESPONSE In One Sense – The Path to Eternal life is DIFFICULT

Marriage, Divorce, & Remarriage Journey with Jesus Marriage, Divorce, & Remarriage Mark 10: 1-12 “Marriage is glorious, but hard.  It is a burning joy and strength, and yet is also blood sweat and tears; humbling defeats and exhausting victories.” – Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage The ORIGIN of marriage – Genesis 2: 22-25 Marriage is the doing of GOD

Dead Man Walking Journey with Jesus Dead Man Walking Mark 10: 32-34 Jesus Again predicts His DEATH Jesus is seen leading the way, resolutely pressing toward His goal and life PURPOSE Jesus was DETERMINED to go to Jerusalem to fulfill the purpose of His humanity Jesus would give His life as the final and ultimate sacrifice; fully and completely SATISFYING the wrath

Passion Week Begins Journey with Jesus Matt Wethington Mark 11: 1-11 Zechariah 14: 1-6 Revelation 19: 11-16 Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem is a perfect picture of HUMILITY Zechariah 9: 9-10 – Prophecy fulfilled Jesus’ entrance parallels His earthly life and MINISTRY Matthew 20: 26-28 Luke 22: 27 Scripture teaches us to MODEL this same humility John 13: 1-5 Galatians 5:

The Last Night of Jesus' Earthly Life- Part 1 Journey with Jesus Mark 14: 12-42 The Passover Meal – v. 12-16 Foreshadows the death of Christ who is the final and complete “Passover Lamb” The Betrayal Warning – v. 17-21 Religion is man centered – it is works based Relationship is Christ centered – it is grace based The Worship Experience – v.

Wait a Minute; It's Not All About Me?

Journey with Jesus Mark 10: 35-45 The REQUEST of James and John James and John’s request reveals several things about all of us: Our SUPERFICIAL understanding of what it means to follow Jesus Our inflated OPINION of our own importance Our misunderstanding on how God measures GREATNESS The ANSWER from Jesus Jesus will emphasize to us that in His kingdom

Can Jesus Work Miracles in My Life? Journey with Jesus Can Jesus Work Miracles in My Life? Mark 10: 46-52 The answer is: YES, YES, YES Three principles that must be true of us if we want Jesus to work mightily in our lives. We must admit we need His HELP Bartimaeus CRIED out to God Exodus 2: 23-25 1 Samuel Isaiah 30 Lamentations

Some Difficult Questions to Answer Journey with Jesus Matt Wethington Mark 11: 12-26 What Kind of Fruit are we Producing? – v. 11-14 All of us PRODUCE some kind of fruit TWO  types of fruit we can produce Fruits of the FLESH – Galatians 5: 19-21 Fruits of the SPIRIT – Galatians 5: 22-24 What kind of FRUIT am I producing? What Kind

By What Authority? Journey with Jesus Matt Wethington Mark 11: 27-33 Jesus is GOD John 10: 30 John 8: 58 John 1: 1-2 Colossians 1: 15 Hebrews 1: 3 Jesus is CREATOR Colossians 1: 15-16 Hebrews 1: 1-2 John 1: 3 Jesus is the GIVER & Sustainer of Life Psalm 139: 1-6 Psalm 139: 13-16 Jeremiah 1: 4-5 Colossians 1:

God's Son Rejected and Killed Mark 12:1-13 Meaning: The vineyard OWNER represents God the Father The vineyard represents ISRAEL The tenant farmers represent the JEWISH religious leaders The journey taken by the land owner represents OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY The harvest represents a future day when God expects a SPIRITUAL harvest The “beloved son” represents JESUS God’s patience towards man’s REBELLION

The Folly of Man Trying to Trap Jesus Journey with Jesus Matt Wethington Mark 12: 13-34 v. 13-17 – The Correct Way to Think about Those in Authority Christians are commanded to respect and honor those in authority Romans 13: 1-6 Christians are commanded to obey those in authority Titus 3:1 Exception: Acts 4: 19-20 Christians are commanded to pray for those

The Last Night of Jesus' Earthly Life - Part 2 Journey with Jesus Mark 14: 43-72 Jesus’ Betrayal, Arrest, & Crucifixion Fulfill the SCRIPTURE – v. 43-52 None of these events happened by ACCIDENT Acts 2: 22-23 Isaiah 52:13 – 53: 12 Jesus was INNOCENT of Any Wrongdoing – v. 53-59 The JUSTICE of God demands that sin be paid for in death The love, grace, and mercy

The Day Christ Died Journey with Jesus Mark 15 The INJUSTICE of the Cross – v. 1-5 Pilot could find no guilt in Jesus The SUBSTITUTION of the Cross – v. 6-15 Barabbas was released and Jesus was sent to die Jesus is the substitution for our own sin The Physical PAIN of the Cross – v. 16-32 39 lashes Crown

The Day Death Died Journey with Jesus Mark 16: 1-8 Introduction: 1 Corinthians 15 teaches us the eternal significance of the resurrection The EMPTY TOMB gives testimony to a risen Savior Matthew 28: 11-15 The ANGELS give testimony to a risen Savior The EYEWITNESSES give testimony to a risen Savior 1 Corinthians 15: 3-8 Romans 10: 8-10 Matt Wethington

Living Contrary to a Contrary Culture “51 When the days were coming to a close for Him to be taken up, He determined to journey to Jerusalem. 52 He sent messengers ahead of Him, and on the way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make preparations for Him. 53 But they did not welcome Him, because He determined to journey to Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John

God's Destiny for Man Hebrews 2:5-9 The Destiny God INTENDED for Man God made man to be KING Genesis 1:26-31 The Destiny of Man LOST When Adam and Eve introduced sin into the human journey the earth was IMMEDIATELY corrupted. As a result, man LOST his kingdom and his crown The Destiny of Man RECOVERED Man’s destiny corrupted