To Follow Jesus

What was Jesus doing here by referring to himself as “the son of man” instead of the “son of God?” Jesus is emphasizing his humanity, and is actually referencing a prophecy in Daniel 7:13. Peter recognized Jesus as being not only the Christ, but also the son of God. Jesus praises Peter for his answer and blesses him. When we recognize Jesus as the son of God, we will be blessed as well. The disciples here are still thinking that Jesus has come to set up an early kingdom. They know that he has God’s power…

Listening to & Understanding Jesus

Jesus is the image of an invisible God. Here in Mark we get a good glimpse at this image. Jesus isn’t a teacher who stands apart and teaches, refusing to intermingle with the people. Jesus was very involved with the people. Jesus is compassionate for the people. He wasn’t just combining ingredients, he was creating fish out of nothing. This is the third time that Jesus creates fish out of nothing. The religious leaders of the day often had a lot of differences between themselves, but they…

New Behavior of the New Man

We see in verses from both the old and the new covenant – truth is very important to God. Even Christians within the body of Christ struggle with telling the truth. Maybe we complement people when we don’t really feel it. You might say you’re glad to see someone when you’re not. You may say you’re fine when you’re not. Lying is a bad thing for the body… silence is also not a good thing for the body of Christ. As Christians we…

Learning to Walk in Sanctification

Our society has more access to information than at any time in history. We are also more educated than ever… yet we seem to be somewhat more ignorant than we’ve ever been. Paul is talking about a change of behavior to match the change what has changed on the inside. The new self isn’t something that we just come up with on our own. It is created. This process is only possible for those who have been born again. We aren’t just…

Growing Up A Church

If the Holy Spirit lives in you, you are a gifted person. Maybe you don’t feel like you have something special to offer all the time… but you do. What Jesus has given you is valuable, Jesus is not a stingy giver. He knows you better than anyone and has created you for a special purpose. If the price of these gifts that we have received was Jesus coming to earth and dying on the cross… that is a very expensive gift. We need to show…

Occupy Your Mountains

Some opportunities are fun and exciting. Other times we wish that opportunities that come our way would go on past us. What would happen if instead of trying to find excuses and reasons for not taking part in some opportunities we would instead look at them as opportunities to “occupy our mountain.” Ephraim and Manasseh were asking that…