The work of God is an unstoppable force with incomparable contrast. However, it is clear in the second story Jesus tells in Mark (4 verse 21) that there is an expectation that the most growth will come when we keep Jesus front and centre in every area of our life.
Jesus said that he has given his followers the secret of the Kingdom of God (Mark 4 v 11). It is not dependent on our circumstances but on our willingness to lean in and listen to Christ with an open heart that says to Him access all areas. Jesus describes our life as a patch of ground where seed can be sown in multiple areas at any one time.
Text 4:1-3. The opening verses of Mark Chapter 4 reveal that God is a teacher and teaches us through stories. Here we see Jesus calling those around him to lean and really listen – to squeeze the seeds of the gospel, the secret of the Kingdom of God and their lives for meaning – whether it be past, present or future.
Mark 3:20-35. God does not line up with us, we are called to line up with Him. History is full of cultures, countries, cults, religions, churches and Christians bringing their plans, agenda & identity with the expectation that God will line up to them. The issue with that is it creates dim vision, low expectancy, small hope, weak faith and quiet worship. In this message we discover the importance of obedience and surrender which this leads to true freedom for anybody.
Mark 3:20-35. This is part 1 of 2 talks around this text. The message explains how we see the power and authority of Jesus is capable of bringing freedom. It also highlights the importance of recognising the identity of Jesus and the relevance of standing upon his promises.
Mark 3:13-19. People matter to God. He knows. He cares. He calls. People are called by God. That is how he works and always has. First he called the Prophets, then the Apostles, and now us. Every generation is called to do the same. He calls you out, those he wanted to go with him. We might have different backgrounds and beginnings, but do not judge or write yourself off, others off. God didn’t, doesn’t and won’t. We will all have different stories and endings but we are connected in that call to Christ.
Mark 3:1-12. We are called to show up, stand up and hold up our weaknesses in front of Jesus, knowing that in doing so we can be confident of his healing power. We know this because he showed up, was lifted up and stretched out for us.