Divorce. This word is packed with emotions. Pain, heartache, sleepless nights, agony, destruction. It may also be a liberating word for some. One that signifies freedom, relief, and peace. Books have been written on this subject, some better than others. Opinions have been shared, once again, some better than others. One of the benefits of going verse by verse through a book in God’s Word is that you get to cover topics that are fun and encouraging. But you also have to cover topics that are hard, difficult, and painful. Such is the case today.
Up until now, the discipleship lessons were largely practical-how to minister, how to use delegated authority, how to carry out role as ambassador-Now, Jesus begins to prepare them for leadership by focusing on their character. In this passage, Jesus teaches about the heart of true greatness: service. True greatness: die to self, serve others, care for those no one else cares for.
Reality is where we all live. Regardless of our mountaintop experiences with God, we must come back to reality. The same was true of Jesus' disciples. In this sermon, Pastor Scott looks at how we adjust to reality and how our faith in Jesus is strengthened. We are encouraged to be honest about our doubts, learn from failure, and develop a vibrant prayer life.
We resume our study in Mark by looking at the story of Jesus' Transfiguration. In this story, we see Jesus reveal His divinity to three of His disciples. Some key takeaways are the importance of silence and making sure we know/believe that Jesus is enough.