How do we reconcile COVID-19, Leadership, and the story of Jesus in Mark 12? It is a story of what happens when leaders get distracted from their calling.
This sermon explores Mark 10:32-52 and asks “What do you see when you look at Jesus?” So much of what we see, in anything, is the result of what we have been culturally conditioned to see. James and John saw Jesus as a tool to get them to fame, power, and glory. Bartimaues saw Jesus as a merciful healer. What do you see?
Jesus declares all people of equal value in this passage. His world exalted men over women, adults over children, and the rich over the poor. In God’s Kingdom, we are all one flesh and equally valuable.
Rejection is painful. Much of our energy is spent avoiding it. Jesus encounters rejection in the text this week, Mark 6:1-29. This sermon explores how we can prepare ourselves for the inevitable rejection that will come when we proclaim the Good News that Jesus brought to the world.
What might happen if the church today actually followed Jesus’ instructions when he sent out the disciples in Mark 6:6-13?