Genuine faith honors Scripture over Religious Traditions

I am working through the Gospel of Mark during my time off from work over the Christmas holiday season. I have been teaching through Mark with my preschool teachers. It has been amazing to experience Christ’s loving touch through His mighty Word. After Christmas break, we will jump in and study Mark 6. After that, we will dive in and study Mark 7, the source of this article. If you have not been following the teaching series, you can access the previous teachings by clicking on the article titles that follow:

  1. Jesus: Experiencing His Life and Ministry
  2. Jesus the Rescuing Teacher
  3. The unpardonable sin
  4. The parable of the sower and the seed
  5. Failing Faith needs a Faithful Friend
  6. Jesus serves individuals
  7. Discipleship according to Jesus

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Discipleship according to Jesus

It is the day after Christmas. The gifts have been opened and the kids are playing with them. The final days of the year are winding down. We begin to think about the New Year, making our resolutions and planning out all that we want to accomplish over the next 52 weeks. While meditating on Mark 6, I saw a clear connection between making my New Year plans and including making disciples the way that Jesus did during His lifetime. Here is a quick list of the lessons that we have already covered from the Gospel of Mark.

  1. Jesus: Experiencing His Life and Ministry
  2. Jesus the Rescuing Teacher
  3. The unpardonable sin
  4. The parable of the sower and the seed
  5. Failing Faith needs a Faithful Friend
  6. Jesus serves individuals

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Jesus serves individuals

meeting-jesus-2I am meeting with my preschool teachers for the last time in 2016 to continue our study on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as revealed to us in the Gospel of Mark. This time, we will cover Mark 5. Our first meeting after the New Year will finish up the study with Mark 6. I have learned a lot from seeing Jesus’ teaching style and His compassion on the people who surrounded Him. He was so popular that He could not enter the cities and towns because of the crowds, yet, at the same time, He always took time to meet the needs of the individual. We see this clearly in chapter 5. In chapter 4, Jesus spent most of the chapter teaching the large crowds about faith. Most of the crowd missed the essence of His message. The disciples asked for clarification so they clearly understood the teachings in chapter 4 about faith. In the end, their failing faith needed a faithful friend and that faithful friend was Jesus Christ. Chapter 5 changes the focus to the individuals in the crowd. Jesus never got so caught up in numbers and crowds that He forgot about the individuals who made up the crowds. This is something that all disciple makers must remember. Crowds come and go. The individual is who is important to the Lord. Continue reading

Failing Faith needs a Faithful Friend

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-11-17-51-amI am preparing to teach this lesson to my preschool teachers at church, the ladies who work as our Kids’ Express teachers. I am so thrilled to be able to serve these teachers who are investing in the next generations of children. We have an awesome opportunity to impact the future of our country in a positive way. This is the Lord’s work and we want to be good stewards of what He has entrusted to us. One of the best ways to do this is to invest in those who are doing the investing. Many times, this vital part is overlooked. The Biblical model is that we have a Paul who invests in us as we invest in a Timothy.

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Jesus the Rescuing Teacher

jesus-authority-questioned-1138449-wallpaperI had the privilege of teaching this lesson earlier this week to my preschool teachers. I usually write before I teach but, this week has been quite busy. We are going on our annual Father-Son camp out. I am so excited for it. Anyway, with the preschool teachers, we are walking through the Gospel of Mark, the  40 Minute Precept study Jesus: Experiencing His Life and Ministry. You can read the previous lesson here. In the previous lesson, we learned about the beginning of Christ’s public ministry, how He began and continued to preach the Gospel message: Continue reading

Jesus: Experiencing His Life and Ministry

jesus-leadingI am getting ready to meet with my preschool teachers to begin studying the Gospel of Mark so that we can unify as a team, grow in the Word, and prepare to continue investing the Gospel in the lives of the children whom God has entrusted to us. This week’s lesson is Mark 1:1-28.

I. Jesus the person

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Jesus calms the storm

Over the past couple of weeks, we have been studying the life of Christ. We are walking through the life of Christ in a different manner. It is not a chronological look at His life. We began our walk with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Then we moved to the ascension of Christ. Last week, our topic was the birth of Christ, specifically focusing on His family. This week, we are going to take a look at one of His miracles, when He calmed the storm for His disciples. This lesson is going to teach us about the divine power of Christ as well as about ourselves.

Do you ever struggle with fear? What do you do when you are afraid? Does fear ever control you or are you able to overcome it every time that it attacks you? Continue reading