Jesus – Hype or the Real Thing?

Pastor Jay begins his new series “The Question, Mark” with this week’s sermon “Jesus – Hype or the Real Thing?” from Mark 1:1-20.

Mark 1:1-20 (ESV)

“The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’”

John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”And immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.” (Mark 1:1–20 ESV)

Jesus lives up to the hype.

  • The good news is Jesus.
  • Jesus is God the Son, and one with the Father and the Spirit.
  • Jesus withstands the wilderness.
  • Jesus preached the gospel.
  • Jesus calls us to follow Him to become fishers of men.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Describe a time that you’ve heard good news.
  • What does it mean that Jesus is the good news?
  • Who did we learn that Jesus is today?
  • What does Jesus call us to do?

Loving Jesus Better, Part 7

Pastor Jay continues his summer meandering with this weeks sermon “Loving Jesus Better, Part 7” from Philippians 2:5-7.

Philippians 2:5-7 (ESV)

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

We love Jesus better when we see the paradoxes of his rule

  • Jesus is sovereign yet submissive.
  • Jesus is self-sufficient but God-dependent.
  • Jesus is God the Son, yet He walked by faith.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Without seeing wind, how do you know that the wind is blowing?
  • What does to it mean to trust God?
  • Who showed us how to trust God best?
  • How can you trust God?

Loving Jesus Better, Part 6

Pastor Jay continues his summer meandering with this weeks sermon “Loving Jesus Better, Part 6” from John 1:14, 1:17, Romans 3:26.

John 1:14, 1:17, Romans 3:26 (ESV)

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

We love Christ better when we see the paradoxes of his ethic.

  • Jesus resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
  • Jesus calls us to perfection but is a friend of sinners.
  • Jesus calls us to lose our lives but then gives us eternal life.
  • Jesus warns us of hell but saves us from that fear.
  • Jesus warns us against presumption but invites us to simply come.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Do you consider yourself a pretty good person?
  • How would you know if someone wasn’t good?
  • No matter how good we are, the Bible tells us we still sin. What do you think about that?
  • Why is it that Christ had to die on the cross for our sins?

Love the Word

Pastor Jonathan shares a message called “Love the Word” from Psalm 119:1-20.

Psalm 119:1-20 (ESV)

Aleph – Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be stead fast in keeping your statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules. I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me!

Beth – How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes! With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth. In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.

Gimel – Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word. Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me! My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.

We should love God’s word because it is…

  • revelation for our instruction
  • riches for our delight
  • rescue for our sinful souls

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What would it be like to try to assemble a huge Lego model with no instructions?
  • How can the Bible give us instructions?
  • When can it be good to give someone bad news?
  • What bad news and good news does the Bible tell us?