Fearless Conversation (John 4:4-26)

15Sep

This is message #2 in our four week study: Imagine A City Transformed.

The conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan Woman goes on a number of tangents. It's a conversation that addressed divisions and barriers between people - religion, ethnicity, gender - all hot button topics in any age. How did Jesus engage in this conversation? What kept it going? What, ultimately, made it a conversation that lead to her life and heart being moved and her city changed by the Gospel?

Radical Hospitality (John 4:1-42)

9Sep

How does Jesus transform a city? How does he reach a group of people that are marginalized by his own people? John 4:9 tells us, "For Jews have nothing to do with Samaritans."

Jesus creates a safe environment that meets the most isolated and broken person in town where she is at, welcomes her questions, entertains her diversions, addresses her sin, and transforms her life. And then she takes the message to the city, and the transformation begins.

Is Jesus Really the Messiah? (Mark 15:1-20)

3Sep

In this last message in our year long study of Mark's Gospel, Pastor Ben Jepsen asks the question, "What will you do with Jesus? Is Jesus who the Bible says he is? Is he the living embodiment of truth, or is it all a lie?"

What did Jesus actually accomplish in his life and death? What legacy did he leave?

What legacy are you leaving?

Under Trial (Mark 14:53-72)

3Sep

In Mark 14:53-72, there are two trials that are happening simultaneously: Jesus before the Sanhedrin, and Peter before the people around the campfire. Peter's trial has been predicted, he knew it was coming. Jesus trial has been predicted as well, he knew it was coming.

The Restoration of the Gospel (Mark 14:32-52)

18Aug

Jesus' prayer in the Garden. The sleepiness of the disciples. The betrayal of Judas. The fight of the disciples. The naked young man... Wait... What's with that? Why does Mark, and Mark alone, tell us that there was a "young man" who fled naked from the scene?

The Lord’s Passover

11Aug

The Passover Jesus celebrates with his disciples is unique and significant. Surrounded by a betrayer, a denier and a room full of failures, Jesus offers himself as the New Covenant meal to those who will in a few short hours desert him.

A Beautiful Thing (Mark 14:1-11)

4Aug

How do people respond to Jesus as who he is and what he is about becomes clearer? In Mark 14:1-11, there are three responses: a desire to kill, a desire to betray, and a desire to bless. An unnamed woman stands in stark contrast to religious leaders and a trusted disciple - she does the "beautiful thing", and in this act she becomes included in the Gospel message.

Life in Space: Watching, Waiting… (Mark 13)

21Jul

Mark 13 is a long passage and has a lot of stuff in it that causes us to scratch our heads and wonder. But what did Jesus (and Mark) intend for the hearer and reader to DO in response? When we talk about "End Times" events, there's often a lot of speculation and a wide variety of interpretations out there. What if, instead, we look at what Jesus clearly commanded and warned us NOT to do?

The Greatest Commandment in Action (Mark 12:28-44)

14Jul

What does living the Greatest Commandment look like? Jesus follows up the conversation with the scribe with a question about the identity and authority of the Messiah. He then attacks the scribes religious pride, arrogance and abuses. Then, finally, Jesus observes a poor widow who give her all. To live the Greatest Commandment is to Embrace the Greater King, Repent of Pride and Arrogance, and Make the Greater Sacrifice.

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