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Jesus Claifies-Mark 8

Mark 8:14–21 (ESV) 14 Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15 And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” 16 And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. 17 And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.” 20 “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” 21 And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?” 

Jesus is frustrated with the disciples:
1st, They were missing the point.
2nd ,They had enough bread. 

He expects the miraculous.” 

Mark 8:22–25 (ESV) 22 And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” 24 And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” 25 Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

The Mercy of multiple encounters.
“Jesus extends the mercy to accomplish his means.”

Peter has an encounter
Mark 8:27–38 (ESV)
27 And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.”…
31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” 34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Jesus gets intense: Identifies & rebukes the thoughts of men.
 Do you want to follow Christ or a caricature of him that culture has created? 
  •  Some rebuke the lord when he has a standard they don’t like
  • Every act of disobedience towards God is telling God we know better. 

Following Jesus, with clarity. 
1. Deny yourself. 
Following Jesus is not about you.

2. Pick up your cross. 
“We can’t follow Jesus without carrying a cross.”
It’s time we get off our thrones pick up our cross!"

3. Follow Him. For real though..
“He values you as you are but loves you enough to transform you into whom he intended you to be.”
The Gospel= Jesus is savior AND King.

4. For the sake of Jesus and His Gospel.


Colossians 3:3–10 (NIV) 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

Jesus Breaks Tradition- Mark 7

Jesus Breaks Traditions
Mark 7:7–9 (ESV)
7 Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, 2 they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly, holding to the tradition of the elders, 4 and 
when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.) 5 And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6 And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “ ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; 7 in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ 8 You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” 9 And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition!


Jesus is exposing motivation.
  • They were honoring tradition over people.
  • They were honoring tradition over God
Jesus was saying “You have clean hands but your hearts are filthy.”

“Being traditional doesn’t make you moral.”

Mark 7:14–23 (ESV)
14 And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15
 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” 17 And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Matthew 12:35 (NLT) A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.


They had made up their mind about God….based upon their tradition. 

You may not have methodical practices or rituals but you have trending mindsets—predetermined ways of viewing the world, viewing others, of viewing God.

Reforming our inner-man
1. Re-think thinking
  • “Having a strong mind is not the same as a stubborn mind.” 
  • A weak mind is one that is un-willing to change. “Hard-Hearted”
  • “We must unlearn what we have learned.” -Yoda
“In the Kingdom, repentance is always at the threshold of what we are coming into.”

Think about your thoughts….
  • Don’t dismiss all your thoughts, ask questions about them.
  • “Why am I thinking this way?”
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV) We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

2. Renew & Reform patterns
Romans 12:2 (NIV) Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

"That the way that you feel is determined by how you think."

3. Re-learn what you have leaned

4. Reconnect and realign
Encounters will reconnect and realign our inner-man.
Mark 7:31–36 (ESV) 31 He returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.

Ephphatha:
What comes into man, the way we hear.
What comes out, the way we speak.

Ministry:
Ephesians 3:16–17 (NLT)
16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.

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Additional reading:
  • What defiles a person: Mt 15:1–20
  • Jesus heals a deaf and mute man: Mt 15:29–31

Jesus Doesn’t Heal- Mark 6

Mark 6 Jesus Doesn’t Heal

Mark 6:1-6 He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching.

If we want to see healings, we must seek to do three things:
1. Honor People
“Honor Up, Honor Down, Honor All around”

A. Honor Up
A. Honor our Parents
Deuteronomy 5:16 Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD
your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the lord your God is giving you.
Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD
your God is giving you.

B. Honor our Pastors
1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.
Honor our Governmental Leaders

Romans 13:1-2 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed,and those who resist will incur judgement.

B. Honor Down
John 4:6,7 Jacob's well was there; so, Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, wassitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”

C. Honor all around!
“We don’t necessarily honor people because they are worthy of honor, we honor people because we are honorable.”

2. Honor the Lord
A. Recognize what the Lord has done
B. Spend time with the Lord
C. Don’t do things that will separate you from Him
1 Corinthians 10:23
“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,”
but not all things build up.
Mark 6:53-56 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.

3. We try to reproduce His works
John 14:12 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.

A Woman Interrupts Jesus- Mark 5

Mark 5
A sick woman interrupts Jesus

Jesus takes over.  
Matthew 28:18 (NIV) “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Don't mistake his meekness as weakness. Jesus is tender but will not be tamed.

 1. Jesus has authority over the natural.
Mark 4: 35-41
2. Jesus has authority over the spiritual
Mark 5:6 (ESV) When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him.
3. Jesus has authority over religious and governmental systems.
Mark 5:22 (ESV) Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet.

4
. Jesus has authority over death.
Mark 5:41–42 (ESV) 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement.


Mark 5:21–34 (ESV)
21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for 
twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

This woman had issues: 
1. Physical Issues 
2. Financial Issues
Verse 26  who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.

3. Social Issues
Leviticus 15

4. Emotional & Mental Issues

Breakthrough for issues.
1- Believe this News
“As good as you heard or imagined that he is…He’s better.”

2- Get out of your comfort zone
“Sometimes you got to leave your safe space to get to the safer space” 

3- Go after YOUR miracle
“He has authority over the issue we take him to or the issues we bring to him.”
Jesus a’int too busy!

4. Reach out and touch him.
“We don't touch him with our hands. 
We touch him with our faith.”
Verse 34 
Daughter, your faith has made you well(SOZO); go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
“Faith places us in proximity to experience breakthrough!”

How close can you get to him?
Malachi 4:2-3 (NIV) 2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. 3 Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I do these things," says the LORD Almighty.

Ministry:
She set a precedent for us…
Mark 6:56 (ESV) 56 And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.




A Farmer Went Out- Mark 4

A Farmer goes out Mark 4
Mark 4:1–20 (ESV)
The Parable of the Sower
Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” 

10 And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11 And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, 12 so that 
“ ‘they may indeed see but not perceive, 
and may indeed hear but not understand, 
lest they should turn and be forgiven.’ ” 
13 And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 
14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. 16 And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. 17 And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. 18 And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, 19 but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 20 But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”

1. The Seed is the Word. Incorruptible seed.
1 Peter 1:23 (NIV) For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
  • A seed is potential….the fruit is the product.

2. Jesus is the word!
John 1:14 (NIV)  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

3 conditions that keep us from being fruitful:
#1. Hardness of heart.
Satan steals it. 

#2. The shallow emotional hearer
Quick fruit is not always lasting fruit. 
Trials are mandatory for your development.

No Root, No, Fruit!

#3. A focus on worldy things


The Process of fruitfulness
1. Conception
2. Cultivation
3. Fruition
  • Healthy things don’t just grow. They multiply.

Additional reading:
  • Parable of the sower: Mt 13:1–23 Lk 8:4–15, Isa 6:9,10
  • Mustard Seed: Mt 13:31,32; Lk 13:18,19
  • Jesus Calms the Storm: Mt 8:18,23–27; Lk 8:22–25


Jesus Builds a Family- Mark 3

JESUS BUILDS A FAMILY- MARK 3

Mark 3:7–15 (ESV)
7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, 10 for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him. 11 And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 And he strictly ordered them not to make him known. 
13 And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 and have authority to cast out demons. …

1. Jesus had circles.
-Community: Knew Jesus publicly. 
-Crowd: Knew Jesus socially. 
-Committed: Knew Jesus privately. 
-Core: Knew Jesus intimately

2. Intimacy is his highest value.
“He is a relational creator.”

John 15:15–16 (NIV)15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 

3. Relationship > Assignment
Mark 3:15 (ESV) 14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach...

“Working FOR God typically involves working apart from God.” 

John 6:28–29 (NIV) 28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
“In the Kingdom, relationship is the greatest accomplishment.”


4. 
Some won't stick
Mark 3:20-22 (ESV) 20 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. 21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”

John 6:66–68 (ESV) 66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life…”

Are you with him?
You are as close to him as you want to be.
“Following Jesus closely is costly.”

Mark 3:25 (ESV)  If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.

Jesus desires undivided devotion.

Mark 3:31–35 (ESV)
31 His mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. 32 And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” 33 And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”


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Additional reading:
  • Crowds Follow Jesus: Mt 12:15,16; Lk 6:17–19
  • Jesus Appoints the Twelve: Mt 10:2–4; Lk 6:14–16; Ac 1:13
  • Jesus Accused by His Family and by Teachers of the Law: Mt 12:25–29; Lk 11:17–22, Mt 12:46–50; Lk 8:19–21