In Luke 6:40 our Lord says, “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone, when he is fully trained, will be like his teacher.” A disciple of Jesus is someone who is on the path of becoming like Christ. In fact, one of our favorite passages of Scripture is Romans 8:28, “For we know that for those who love God and are called according to his purpose, all things work together for our good.” But the very next verse explains the purpose for which we are called, the goal that all things are working together to accomplish. “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son that he might be the first born among many brothers.” God is leveraging all the authority of the universe to accomplish the task of taking the followers of Christ and producing in them the likeness of Christ.
Mark 13:1-37 concludes a section that began in chapter 11. The entire section occurs at the Temple. The disciples, as they were leaving, note the Temple’s magnificence. Jesus announced to the awe struck disciples, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” What Jesus just revealed was the sequel to His earlier symbolic actions when He pronounced judgment on the Temple. Jesus then taught His disciples about the future.
While it certainly is not a sin for Christians to socialize, Christian fellowship goes beyond mere socializing; it involves followers of Christ coming together face to face to talk with each other from their knowledge of and experience with God and His Word. With that working definition in mind, we are exploring why Christian fellowship is so important-it is vital for our spiritual growth and progress.
We exist to explain the gospel and to call people to become disciples of Christ. But what does a disciple look like? If we don’t know what a disciple looks like, how will we know if we are fulfilling our calling to make disciples? Here are two additional traits (the first two traits are found here):
Mark 12:13-44 continues a string of episodes around the Temple. Having symbolized the coming destruction upon the Temple (11:12-25), Jesus is approached by a delegation of the Jewish religious leadership who demanded to know the basis of His authority (11:17-12:12). While the Temple incident occurred on Monday, the following conflicts between Jesus and the religious leaders probably all occurred on Tuesday.
Christian fellowship involves followers of Christ coming together face to face to talk with each other from their knowledge of and experience with God and His Word. We are exploring why Christian fellowship is so important-it is vital for our spiritual growth and progress.
We exist to explain the gospel and to call people to become disciples of Christ. But what does a disciple look like? If we don’t know what a disciple looks like, how will we know if we are fulfilling our calling to make disciples? Here is what a disciple looks like:
While Mark 11-16 details the last week of Jesus’ life, Mark 11-13 is a string of episodes that occur around the Temple. Starting in 11:27 there are a series of different conflicts between Jesus and the religious leaders. Mark 11:27-12:12, which is the first of these conflicts between Jesus and the religious leaders, is one episode with two parts. The first part (11:27-33) reports Jesus being interrogated about His authority. The second part (12:1-12) records a parable concerning tenant farmers.
A group of chief priests, scribes, and elders (the very ones Jesus predicted in 8:31 would kill Him) approached Jesus. These men, probably a group from the Sanhedrin—who were a Jewish religious counsel—wanted to know the authority behind Jesus’ preceding actions and teachings at the Temple. On the one hand, the religious council was recognizing that Jesus had displayed a unique empowerment. But on the other hand, their question was asked in order to find an opportunity to entrap Him.
In the last post we took a look at what I mean by the term Christian Fellowship. Christian fellowship goes beyond mere socializing; it is followers of Christ coming together face to face to talk with each other from their knowledge of and experience with God and His Word. In this post I want to explore why it is important.
Our Lord has commissioned his church to make disciples. Our Lord has not only commissioned what he wants us to do, but he has commissioned how he wants us to do it. He has given us a purpose, and he has given us a plan to carry out that purpose. So the question is this: What is our mission as a church? What is it that we exist as a church to do?
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