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Theme: We are only able to love God and our neighbors through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.
Aim: Are there ways that you can give yourself more fully to God in worshipping Him with your whole life?
(1) Hear – Listen (Mark 12:28-29)
(2) Believe God Is One (Mark 12:29)
(3) Love God (Mark 12:30)
(4) Love Your Neighbor (Mark 12:31-34)
Theme: Jesus said to give up your life to God, and that Yahweh is the God of the living.
Aim: Worship God with your whole life, and submit to our earthly government. Pray for faith to believe in the resurrection and to find hope, not in earthly marriage, but being united to Jesus Christ as our Bridegroom.
(1) Pay Your Taxes (Mark 12:13-17)
(2) Marriage Isn’t Forever (Mark 12:18–27).
Theme: Jesus has authority, our sin is responsible for His death, and the fear of man is a roadblock to Christ.
Aim: Submit to the authority of Jesus, see how your sinful heart is deceived to love sin, see how your fear and dishonesty with God can stand in the way of your relationship with God through Christ.
(1) Do You Reject Authority? (Mark 11:27-33)
(2) Would You Kill Jesus? (Mark 12:1-11)
(3) What Are You Afraid Of? (Mark 12:1)
Theme: Jesus is a King who can’t be deceived, who rejects dead religion, and who enables prayer.
Aim: Pray that God would give us faith, that He would preserve us. Pray that God would give us the gift of daily repentance. Pray that God would set our affections and love upon Jesus. Pray that God would save our family and friends from a false sense of security in religion.
(1) Jesus Rides in as King (Mark 11:1-11)
(2) We Can’t Deceive Jesus (Mark 11:12-14)
(3) Clearing Out Dead Religion (Mark 11:15-19),
(4) Faith Expressed in Prayer (Mark 11:20-25)
Theme: Jesus leads by dying and rising again, by bearing wrath, serving, ransoming and giving sight.
Aim: Let this text reorient how you think about what is great, and submit to Jesus’ authority with a grateful heart.
Three Aspects of the Greatness of Christ
(1) Death & Resurrection (Mark 10:32-34)
(2) Bearing God’s Wrath, Serving, & Giving His Life as a Ransom for Many (Mark 10:35-45)
(3) Giving Sight (Mark 10:46-52)
Theme: Jesus defines marriage, receives children, and invites us to lose everything to follow Him.
Aim: Be humbled in light of Jesus’ teaching about marriage, that He would make us more like children in our dependence upon Him, and be helped by Him to lose all things in order to follow Christ.
(1) Divorce & Marriage (Mark 10:1-12)
(2) Self & Children (Mark 10:13-16)
(3) Selfishness in Riches (Mark 10:17-31)
Theme: Faith in Christ is being fully dependent upon Jesus’ death and resurrection and it bears the fruit of humility, cooperation, and perseverance.
Aim: Let this text strengthen your faith and bear the fruit of humility and perseverance in your fight against your sin with hope in the gospel. Let this text help you to see the seriousness of God’s coming wrath.
(1) Faith Is Fundamental (Mark 9:14-29)
(2) The Cross & Resurrection Fuel Faith (Mark 9:30-32)
(3) Faith Leads to Humility (Mark 9:33-37)
(4) Faith Encourages Others to Serve Christ (Mark 9:38-41)
(5) Faith is a Fight (Mark 9:42-50)
Theme: Jesus Christ became fully man to bear our sin and God’s wrath in His body on the cross.
Aim: Put your faith in the Son of Man, Jesus Christ.
(1) He Came to Relate to Us (Hebrews 4:15)
(2) He Came to Save Us from Sin & Death (Hebrews 2:14-15)
(3) Jesus Became Man to Be Crowned as King & Bring Many Sons to Glory (Hebrews 2:9-10)
Theme: Jesus is resplendent [shining] in glory, is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets by dying and being raise from the dead.
Aim: Walk away from this text in awe of Christ, and know more clearly that His the perfect fulfillment of God’s Word, and that we might walk with the hope of his care for us because Jesus died and rose again from the grave for His people.
(1) Jesus Is Glorious (Mark 9:1-4)
(2) What does Jesus Do? He fulfills the Law & the Prophets (Mark 9:5-8)
(3) How? Through His death and resurrection (Mark 9:9-13)
Theme: Jesus is the Messiah, who came to die and be raised from the dead, who requires our death.
Aim: Trust in Jesus as God’s Messiah, trust in the power of His death and resurrection alone to save you from sin, death and God’s wrath, and die to your self-centeredness. Die to yourself so that Jesus might be all in your life. Take up the cross of identifying with Jesus in the face of the opposition of this world.
(1) Who Is Jesus? Mark (8:27-30)
(2) What Did Jesus Have to Do? (Mark 8:31-33)
(3) What Does Jesus Require of Us? (Mark 8:34–38)