This week special guest Carolyn Dodd will explore with us what must it have been like to walk and talk with Jesus? To have a front row seat as he commanded obedience from the wind and the waves, cast out demons, healed the sick, raised the dead. When we watch Jesus in action we see His heart and the heart of His father and - like the disciples - we are compelled to ask "Who is this?!"
Once again this Sunday we will continue to:
- SEEK God at the start of 2019
- meet some more our ministry leaders and pray for them
- Continue our journey through Mark as Andrew Nicol teaches us from Mark 2:13 - 4:34
This week we will be see how the Good News of Jesus was not just a call towards heaven, but a call to consider how we live and interact with those around us. Jesus hung out with what many would consider the weirdest of people. He challenged long held religious traditions of his day. And He told stories (or Parables) that were completely counter cultural and sounded nothing like the normal religious teaching at all.
In chapter 1 v 14-15 of Mark it says that Jesus was proclaiming ‘the good news of God’ and that the ‘Kingdom of God has come near” -a statement that seems odd when it was still years before Jesus would go to the cross. But in chapter 2 we learn that not only does Jesus come bringing physical wholeness but also spiritual wholeness to the paralysed man, commanding him to walk and forgiving him his sins. This story is important to our understanding of what the good news is, how far reaching it goes and to whom the message applies. This reminds us of the expansive nature of the good news about Jesus.
This week we explore Jesus' ‘GOOD NEWS’ as Lorraine teaches us from the book of Mark showing what is was like for Jesus to walk among the sick and suffering, and through the hard times, God desires that we have a foundation in his love.
This Sunday we begin our new series in the book of Mark. Mark is a ‘gospel’, or ‘good news’ … good news about Jesus. The truth is that the good news is more than the message about Jesus, it is Jesus! The relationship he offers, the life he brings, the hope he gives, the transformation he empowers … these are all ‘good’ and Mark is giving us the ’news’ as he unfolds the story of Jesus
This Sunday was part 3 of Rested and Ready. We looked at the relationship between God's grace, His energy and our work.