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Sep 20, 2018

Pulpit To Pew | Ep92 | Hard Lessons

It is said that last week's lesson can be fearful for the Priest and send them into fits of trembling. Plus, according to Rev. Gibson, most of the ears in the pews don't want to hear the hard lessons of Mark 8:27-38. How does the world see Jesus? How did the disciples see Jesus? How do we see Jesus? Jesus's story and mission pivot at this point of Mark's Gospel and he has to deliver a hard message of what is going to happen to him. What is going to happen to anyone that picks up their cross and follows him? Ridicule, suffering, and death. Not the message his entourage wanted to hear, especially Peter. Then like now, spreading the message of Jesus is hard when the lessons focus on self-denial and sacrifice instead of success and abundance. Truly following Jesus as a disciple in this world is hard, uncomfortable, deep, and dangerous. If we choose to walk with Jesus on his mission the first step is assessing how we see and experience him. How do we see Church and its place in our life? What is truly important in life and what worldly things must we deny ourselves for spiritual growth?

 Sabbadoodle - 091618 - Johnny Gwin

Readings:

Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 116:1-8
James 3:1-12
Mark 8:27-38


Resources:

Of Gods and Men - Film

 

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