We are really stoked about our new series based on the Gospel of Mark. Our new series is c called UpStream-Challenge the Norm, centering on Jesus’ radical, defiant way of going against the social norms of the day to reach the hurting and lost. Join us the next 10 weeks as we unpack main themes that are sure to relevant for your life.
Challenge the Norm by Reading Through Mark
We are encouraging everyone to read the whole Gospel of Mark over that same time period of this series Here is a link to our Mark Reading Plan, which you can download. Jesus lived a a radical life, going UpStream against the Norm. He wants us to do the same.
See the series outline here:
Sermon Series Outline
Week 1: A Sinner’s Party (Mark 2:13-17)
Jesus spent time with people that “respectable” religious leaders wouldn’t go near. Defying social convention, He showed us how to love everyone, regardless of status or reputation.
Week 2: The Other Side (Mark 4:35-41)
Jesus challenged His disciples, and sets the example for us today, that a growing faith and dependence on Him is part of being a follower of Christ.
Week 3: Not in this Town (Mark 6:1-6)
The most difficult place to live out our faith is often in the places where people know us the best. Even Jesus ran into this in his hometown. One of the most unbelieving communities was His own. Why is this true, and how should we respond?
Week 4: When Religion Gets in the Way of God (Mark 7:1-23)
What do we do when we realize that our traditions have become as important to us as our faith? When our rituals are more important than our worship? When religion gets in the way of God?
Week 5: Feeding the Multitudes… Again (Mark 8:1-10)
The crowds were so eager to hear what Jesus had to say, their passion was stronger than their desire for food… their desire to be comfortable. What are you willing to sacrifice to follow Jesus? What is most comfortable that would be the most difficult to give up?
Week 6: The Rich Young Ruler (Mark 10:17-31)
This man knew all the commandments and had kept them since he was a boy, but when Jesus told him what it would take to inherit eternal life, he went away discouraged. If you ask God what to do in order to grow in your faith and obedience, be prepared for a challenging call.
Week 7: Inside Out (Mark 11:12-14, 20-24; 13:28-3)
What we see on the outside is not always what is most important in life. God wants to transform us from the inside out. Our next step might not be something anyone will see.
Week 8: Priceless (Mark 14: 1-11)
We place price tags on things, people, and goals. But what if God has a different pricing system? What if God places great value on the things we label “cheap?” And what if God labels “cheap” the things we value the most?
Week 9: Bittersweet (Mark 14:13-2)
On what should have been a night of celebration, Jesus chose to have his most sobering conversation with His followers. It became a defining moment for them. And every time we remember that night, it has the power to become a defining moment for us.
Week 10: Concluding Thoughts (Mark 14:50-52, 16:1-8)
We conclude by looking at how Jesus’ disciples responded to his arrest and later his resurrection. True discipleship is a challenge, but it’s part of being a growing follower of Christ.