Encountering Jesus

01. Welcome to
Encountering Jesus

“Who, then, is this Jesus? Calendars are based off him, national and international celebrations are held in his honor, and millions claim to follow him; they even claim to know him personally. Come join us  and discover Him for yourself!

02. Encountering Jesus Begins Here!

 Some Key Thoughts

  • Jesus loves to show compassion toward people who desire his help
  • Jesus can heal people physically
  • Jesus has authority to forgive our sins
  • Do we have the faith of the paralytic man and his friends?
  • Some people will resist Jesus’ claims to authority

 Some Key Thoughts

  • There will be times when we will face insurmountable circumstances – circumstances that threaten our very lives
  • As believers in Christ, we  should always remember who is with us
  • Jesus has authority over nature
  • When we shrink back in unbelief, Jesus will certainly address us regarding out lack of faith. How will we respond?
  • Who then is this, that even that winds and waves obey him?

 Some Key Thoughts

  • The power and authority of Jesus knows no limits
  • The demoniac man shows us that there is no one who is outside the rescuing power of Jesus
  • Jesus’ power over demons is limitless. There is nothing these spirits can do to stop him from delivering people.
  • What others are afraid of and can’t control, Jesus handles with just “a word.”

 Some Key Thoughts

  • The townspeople respond out of misunderstanding – misunderstanding that generates deep fear. When we think of Jesus, how often do we respond out of fear? Fear of what he wants for my life or fear of what he might call me to do? Fear that he may judge us for what we’ve done?
  • Fear should never keep us from Jesus – he came to deliver us.
  • It could also be that the townspeople were more concerned aout their loss of income than they were about this demon possessed man. Sad.
  • It is important not to let “crowd-think” determine what you believe about Jesus or to keep you from trusting him fully!

 

 

 

 Some Key Thoughts

  • The demoniac man, now delivered, sets a great example in his desire to follow Jesus, right then and there.
  • Jesus commands the man to go home to his family and tell them how much the Lord has done for him and how he has had mercy upon him. This is great model for us!

 Some Key Thoughts

  • All our spiritual fog can be traced back to one of two things: (1) our failure to understand who we are before God (i.e., rebels), and more importantly, (2) who Jesus is and what he came to accomplish.
  • Jesus is concerned about the “crowds” and their understanding of who he is. But, he is more concerned about you. Whom do you say that he is?
  • “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”

 Some Key Thoughts

  • Jesus was arrested, tried, condemned, and crucified as a common criminal
  • What two great realties does Mark highlight in his recounting of Jesus death?
  • What does it mean for you that the way to God has been opened to all people through the person and death of Jesus?

 Some Key Thoughts

  • The resurrection of Jesus is proof that he was who he claimed to be!
  • As we come to Christ, turning from our autonomy, and fully trusting him, we enter into that resurrection life now, through the work of the Spirit.
  • The Christian life is a life focused on Jesus, his resurrection power, and telling the whole world this good news! Jesus is risen! He is Lord!

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