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Dangerous Calling

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Dangerous Calling

Mark 6.7-32

The Christian life is a missionary life. As Jesus sends his disciples out on their first missions journey, tasked with preaching the gospel from town to town, there’s a sense of risk and impending danger. The death of John the Baptist is a stark warning that even though the gospel is good news, there will always be resistance to God and his messengers.

Dealing with Doubt

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Dealing with Doubt

Mark 6.1-6

Some of the first sceptics Jesus meets are the people he grew up with. They find it the hardest to accept him as anyone but the carpenter, and the illegitimate son of Mary. They prove the saying that familiarity breeds contempt. This can be true today also: that people who’ve grown up in the church can be afflicted by strong doubts, and often walk away. How should we deal with doubt in this situation?

Stormlord

Life is fraught with situations that make us feel out of control, anxious, vulnerable, and afraid. When the disciples were caught in a vicious storm, we see the way Jesus deals with the storm, but also the way he deals with them – exposing fear and teaching them to have faith. Christ wants to show us that he is both with us in our suffering, but that he is also Lord over our suffering.

The Future According to Jesus

What did Jesus say about the future? What did he expect for his own ministry, and the work he had begun in founding the church? In three short parables, Jesus paints a picture of the future that is either massively deluded or totally accurate. He speaks of his own prominence in God’s plans, of the way his kingdom would grow, and of his expectations of global impact through his church. Has any of this come to pass, and what does this mean for us today?