Making Disciples through Instruction
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Walk through the Old Testament book of Habakkuk and discover it's relevancy for today.
- I Will Exult in You, Yahweh!, Habakkuk 3:16-19
- In Wrath Remember Mercy! Habakkuk 3:1-15
- “Yahweh, How Will You Deal with the Proud?”, Habakkuk 2:4-20
- “I’m Confused About Your Ways!”, Habakkuk 1:12-2:4
- I Am Raising Up An Instrument! Had 1:5-11
- Yahweh, Please do something! Hab 1:1-5
What is a steward and what does their life look like?
- Stewardship of Treasures
- Stewardship of Talent John 13:1-7
- Stewardship of Time Luke:12:22-34
The Book of Mark
Walk through the book of Mark
- Jesus and His Return Mark 13:24-37
- Jesus With Us In Deep Trouble! Mark 13:14
- Preparing For The Future (Part1) Mark 13
- Religious, Irreligious or Something Else? Mark 12:28-44
- Tested and Proven Mark 12:13-27
- Unauthorized Mark 11:27-12:12
- Fruitless-A Tree and a Nation Mark 11:12-26
- Israel's Time of Visitation. Mark 11:1-11
- The Things We Leave Behind Mark 10:46-52
- My Lines Have Been Changed Mark 10:35-45
- Value-Have You Given Everything? Mark 10:28-34
- Paradigm Shift Mark 10:17-27
- Faith is Childlike not Childish Mark 10:13-16
- Messed-Up Priorities Mark 10:1-12
- Watch Your Step! Mark 9:33-50
- Believe! Mark 9:14-32
- God's Son and Power! Revealed Mark 9:2-13
- The Path Of Discipleship For Jesus Followers! Mark 8:34-9:1
- Who is Jesus? Mark 8:27-33
- Beware of the Leaven! Mark 8:14-26
- Give us a Sign! Mark 8:1-13
- Who Can Be Included? Mark 7:24-37
What is Biblical marriage? How can it be lived out?
- When Your Mate Messes Up
- The Plan for Marriage
- The Manual for Marriage
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The World of Jesus’ Day
The world of Jesus’ day was filled with strong differences of opinion about rich and poor (the thinking was the rich were blessed by God; the poor weren’t). Free and slaves (the thinking was the slaves were tools, humans to be exploited). Men and women (the thinking was women were to be used, some as wives, others as mistresses; they had no rights). Children and parents (children were considered disposable and of less valuable than adults. Like the thinking of today—the value of some is higher than the value of others: a woman’s choice is more important than an unborn child’s life). Husbands and wives (wives were to serve their husbands; husbands were authoritarians). Old and young. Gentiles and Jews. Leaders and followers. Romans and barbarians. Conservatives and liberals. And, a multitude of different religious groups with their hundreds, even thousands, of rules and regulations.
There were also many disagreements about who could best handle your money—you or the government. Who should we trust—ourselves or the government. What are the conditions of my trust—the government should either stay completely out of our lives or the government should provide everything for everyone (the poor in Rome cried out: “Feed me and entertain me and I’ll follow you wherever!”). It’s your obligation to take care of me even if I am irresponsible. “We need to operate by OT laws” or “No, the OT is outdated and irrelevant to our progressive society.” If of a certain class or position, I and my ideas are superior and the rest are just people to exploit, just tools to use. It was a divided world, nation against nation, groups against groups, individuals against individuals, with the Roman Empire considered the great enemy.
Into the midst of all this came a Man who began turning the world and its thinking upside down (Acts 17:6). He began talking about a new family with God as Father, a new kingdom, God’s kingdom, eternal life. When speaking of marriage, He went back to God’s original intent, where a male and a female became one and it was permanent (what God has brought together, let no one separate). He gave value to everyone, whether poor or slaves or female or children or old or tax collectors or Gentiles or lepers or blind beggars. God’s kingdom was open to all! Who described this kingdom, not in terms of rules to keep, but of a personal relationship with the King, with God as a Father. He began teaching that children had a better chance of getting into the kingdom than a rich man. He taught that what you spent the majority of your time talking about and gave your life to was your god. Who said that following Him was all-important. Who in His family or kingdom would provide forgiveness of sins, give every family member a new heart, an intimate relationship with God Himself, direct access to God—bypassing the temple and priests and money and rules, who would write His principles for operation on every citizen’s hearts and minds, and His Spirit would actually take up residence within every member of the family. He shared that true leaders would be servants and slaves of all. In this new kingdom, God would use even suffering and persecution and roles and responsibilities to grow us and display the essence of who He is, through us. Who would make us a new family, a new humanity, living in love and unity in the midst of a divided society. Here was a Man who would give His life for all people, all sinners and their sins (which was everyone!). Who would be raised from the dead so He could be Lord of our lives and live and demonstrate His life through His followers—each one of them! This Man (Jesus is His name!) made it possible for everyone, all, to enter into God’s kingdom, with no cost to us except our lives!! If we’re all spiritually dead and sinners by nature without Him, what’s the real cost?
Jesus and the Good News about Him is our message. Many will reject Him but to many this will be the good news they’ve been waiting for. Let’s confidently proclaim this Jesus, God’s kingdom, the new covenant, in the society in which we live today. He is the answer to troubled individuals and societies today. What a difference from the bad news that is being promoted today.