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.02 Encountering Jesus

ABOUT Encountering Jesus

Hi and welcome to Encountering Jesus. In this course we’ll take a bit of a deeper dive into the life and ministry of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark. We’ll walk through several episodes in this fast paced, intriguing portrait of the person and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.

Lessons (15)

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Lesson 1
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The Good News about Jesus (1:1)

Who is Jesus Christ? Mark says we'll know when we rightly connect Jesus' person and ministry with Old Testament promises concerning forgiveness, renewal and the restoration of our relationship with God (cf. Mark 13:10).


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Lesson 2
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Jesus’ Baptism (1:9-11)

People often wonder why Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan river. There are perhaps several reasons, not the least of which is that He might identify with us, as He seeks to lead us back to God.


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Lesson 3
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Jesus’ Temptation (1:12-13)

Where we have failed, where we have fallen short, where we have succumbed to temptation, Jesus has succeeded. He understands the power of temptation and is able to give us strength to withstand it.


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Lesson 4
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Jesus and the Kingdom of God (1:14-15)

In the teaching and ministry of Jesus, the kingdom of God, the powerful in-breaking of God's redemptive reign, stands at the center. Jesus is completely clear on how we enter that kingdom. Come and see!


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Lesson 5
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Jesus Heals A Paralytic (2:1-12)

Jesus’ ministry was filled with compassion, power, and authority. In this lesson we catch a glimpse of His compassion for a paralytic man and his power to both heal him and forgive his sins.


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Lesson 6
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Jesus Overrules a Storm (4:35-41)

There are times when God speaks to us in the storms of life, in order to teach us significant truths. An effective teaching method, to be sure; it usually gets our full attention. Just ask the disciples!


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Lesson 7
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Jesus & The Demoniac (5:1-20)

The power of Jesus and His kingdom can turn around the most hopeless situations, i.e., people caught helplessly in Satan’s net. But, again, not everyone likes Jesus’ message, power, and the results He brings.


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Lesson 8
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Jesus Predicts His Death (8:27-38)

We love to think about victory; we struggle to think about death. But, to think about victory through death seems completely ridiculous. Too hard to grasp! Perhaps. Perhaps not. Come and see!


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Lesson 9
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The True Nature of Trust & Discipleship (8:34-38)

Lest we should misunderstand what following Jesus really entails, He spells it out with great clarity here in Mark 8:34-38. Following the Master means denying ourselves, taking up our cross, and pursuing Him!


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Lesson 10
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Jesus & Those Who Hate Him (11:27-12:40)

During Jesus' final visit to the temple, the religious leaders intensified their opposition to Him. In this lesson, we'll survey their interactions with Jesus and the perils of unnecessary, yet stubborn unbelief.


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Lesson 11
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Jesus Can Spot Real Faith (12:41-44)

Not everyone at the temple opposed God and His purposes. Some had real faith! In this lesson, we'll meet a woman who possessed real faith - a faith that caught Jesus' attention!


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Lesson 12
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Jesus & The Future (13:1-37)

Join us in this lesson as we survey Jesus' teaching on how we are to live and testify to the world, in light of the potential for persecution, increasing evil, and the certainty of His glorious return.


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Lesson 13
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Jesus Is Arrested & Tried (14:1-15:15)

In this lesson, we'll explore the final hours of Jesus' life, including His anointing, last supper with his disciples, betrayal, subsequent arrest and so-called "trial". Such great love that He lay down His life for us!


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Lesson 14
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Jesus' Death on a Cross (Mark 15:33-41)

Throughout Mark the religious leaders have been plotting murderously against Jesus (cf. 2:20, 3:1-6). Their plan is finally realized here in Mark 15:33-41, but as the centurion makes clear, there is more to the story!


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Lesson 15
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Jesus Rises from the Dead (Mark 16:1-8)

The watershed issue for Christianity centers on Jesus' resurrection from the dead. Mark presents it as fact and calls us to consider how we''l live and what we'll do in light of this new reality.


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