Only about 20 years after Jesus’ ministry on earth, a man named Mark became convinced that it was time to write out the story of Jesus so that everyone would know it as well as he did.
He likely was present for many of the events he records even though he wasn’t an eyewitness to all of them. He wrote from the perspective of an eyewitness, however, because Mark maintained a good relationship with Simon Peter. Yes, even the same Peter who jumped out of a boat, who walked on water, who disowned Jesus and who was the first to identify Jesus as the savior of the world.
Much of the story Mark tells us displays the same passion and impatience displayed by Peter himself. In fact, Mark is so eager to get to the story, that his first sentence isn’t even a complete sentence. It’s more of a title, really.
And do you know what his title was? He called what he wrote, “The Beginning of the Gospel.”
Mark thought the story of Jesus was really, really good news. Don’t you want to know why?
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083-01 :: Great News Part 01 :: The Beginning
NOTE: There’s an audio problem about 5 minutes into this recording. My microphone battery ran out, but we get it resolved in about a minute. A Catholic man will call himself a Christian, and he will pray memorized prayers, follow the Pope, and baptize his infants. A Lutheran woman will call herself a Christian and […]
083-02 :: Great News Part 02 :: Identity Crisis
Have you ever been confused about Jesus? Have you ever felt that God wanted you to be confused? You aren’t alone! I’m going to show you today why Jesus sometimes intentionally confuses people. Speaker: Jeff Mikels :: Passage: Mark 3-5
083-03 :: Great News Part 03 :: Bad News
In order for good news to become great news, it needs to answer the problem of some bad news. Well, Jesus is trying to give us the best news in the world, and that means he has to also remind us of some of the worst news we’ll ever hear. Speaker: Jeff Mikels :: Passage: […]
083-04 :: Great News Part 04 :: The Cross
The central Christian symbol is the Cross. Why? What’s so significant about the cross? Well, for the full answer, you need to hear next week’s message, but at the very least, we learn this week that the cross was always God’s plan for dealing with sin, even as far back as Adam and Eve. Suffering […]
083-05 :: Great News Part 05 :: Resurrection
Did Jesus really rise from the dead? Did it really happen? Is it a legend thought up years after his death? Is it a hoax perpetrated by his closest followers? Or is it possible that he really came back to life? Then, we need to ask, if he did, what difference should that fact make […]
083-06 :: Great News Part 06 :: Grace
The bad news of this week is even worse than the bad news from a couple weeks ago. However, the good news is even better. The bad news: You aren’t good enough for God. The good news: God’s grace is enough for you. That’s it in a nutshell. Listen to this message to get the […]
083-07 :: Great News Part 07 :: Come and Die
One of the most shocking statements of Jesus is the one where he tells his followers that they aren’t real followers unless they are completely willing to die for him. He tells them to take up their cross. In this message, Pastor Jeff takes that ancient metaphor and attempts to make it vivid and present-day […]
083-08 :: Great News Part 08 :: Greatness
What makes a person truly great? Is it the position they hold? Is it the talent they have? You know what? We don’t really care do we. You see, we don’t care HOW a person gets greatness. We care about whether or not WE have greatness! Greatness is the desire to be seen as someone […]
083-09 :: Great News Part 09 :: The Soils
In this message, Billy Hardy encourages us to look at Jesus’ parable of the Sower with new eyes and to see it from the perspective of the soil and not the perspective of the sower. The big question for all of us is this: “What kind of dirt are you?” Speaker: Billy Hardy :: Passage: […]