A lot of our popular beliefs grow out of our best guesses at the kind of life God intended for us. Rather than guessing about it all, the teaching of Jesus actually spells out some of the distinctions between our commonly held beliefs and the way of God's Kingdom. This series, based on selections from the Gospel of Mark, highlights some of the surprising differences between what we think Jesus said and what Jesus actually said.
Clear, Concise, and Engaging. It's almost like "re-booting" our pre-conceived notions of the life Jesus had in mind for us.
In the parable of Jesus, from Mark 4: 26-29, the Lord makes an analogy of something that grows without the slightest human effort (a seed). This seed represents the amazing word of the gospel of Jesus Christ.– and it grows not only in the summer, but all throughout the year. Not just near you, but throughout the world.
The choice to follow Jesus, to align our live with the Word of God, the Ways of God and the Mission of God, will always have us living in ways that are contrary to popular belief. However, the story of the ever-expanding impact of the gospel throughout the world and the day of God's righteous judgment on the horizon, is a clear indication of where the future is headed, contrary to popular opinion, and where, if we want to be on the so-called side of history, our loyalties are best invested for maximum future return.
It is never too late to believe in Jesus. It is never too late for us to put our trust in Jesus. It is never too late for us whenever we put our trust in Jesus. You see, when everyone else concludes that is it too late, there's Jesus. When you yourself might have only the last gasp of a prayer, that's enough if the prayer is addressed to Jesus.
You and I may never feel ready, or qualified, or empowered to be sent by Jesus. But we are! We have to be. When we joined the Jesus mission, we became a community on the move - a spirit-filled people sent to spread the Kingdom of God through repentance and healing. We have a message, we have the power to heal and stand up to evil, and we have a Leader and Savior who is worth following and who has told us, in no uncertain terms that as he was sent by the Father, so he is sending us.
Though your faith may be small, you serve a great God.
Though you may be weak, you can do all things through Christ who gives you the strength.
God has not anointed us, commissioned us, and gifted us to be timid, fearful and weak but has given us power and love.
This is not easy. But what value will it be if we seek to gain all that the world has to offer, but lose our soul along the way? As Christians we need to Stand Up For Jesus!
In the Bible a primary image of leadership is shepherding. Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd. The image of a shepherd is pretty common in the Bible. The analogies are simple: God's people are like a flock of sheep. They can be attacked, stolen away, wander off, and, left on their own, find themselves without protection, food, and water.