Join us in the month of January for our series, "Do Not Be Afraid--The Call of Jesus in a Culture of Fear," on Sundays at 10:30am.
In a world where the media reminds us daily of the reasons we should be afraid, we begin this New Year by grounding ourselves in the Good News of Jesus Christ as told in the Gospel of Mark. Jesus spoke to people who were equally, if not more, afraid of what the future held. He invited them to prepare their hearts and minds for the ways that God was working and moving among them… all the while reminding them – DO NOT BE AFRAID!
JANUARY 3 – PREPARE YOUR HEARTS – RENEWAL OF BAPTISM SUNDAY – Mark 1:1-20
The good news of Jesus Christ begins with John the Baptist calling the people to repentance and the powerful moment of Jesus being baptized by John. The good news for the people began with the people opening their hearts and turning toward God to have a fresh start and to make a change. Those who wish to be baptized will have a chance to do so!
JANUARY 10 – THE NEW WINESKIN – Mark 2:1-22
In the series of stories, the authorities do not understand why Jesus is claiming authority to forgive sins, why he is eating and dining with sinners, and why he isn’t fasting with his disciples. Jesus uses each moment to teach about the new wineskin that he is shaping for the new wine that God is pouring out on all the earth.
JANUARY 17 – PAY CLOSE ATTENTION – Mark 4:1-34
In the telling of the Parable of the Sower, Jesus emphasizes the need to listen carefully and to be attentive to what God is doing so that you do not miss the coming of God’s word.
JANUARY 24 – ONLY BELIEVE – Mark 5:21-43
The woman with an issue of blood and Jairus’ daughter find healing and transformation and it is rooted in their belief that Jesus can heal. They believe in who he is and extraordinary things are possible.
JANUARY 31 – DO NOT BE AFRAID OR DISCOURAGED– Mark 6:1-29
Jesus’ ministry was plagued by many obstacles, pain and suffering. He was rejected in his own hometown and grieved the death of his cousin John. But the commandment to the disciples to shake the dust from their feet was an important one. The obstacles couldn’t stand in the way of following God’s lead.
FEBRUARY 7 – ALL WILL BE REVEALED – Mark 8:27-9:8 (Pastor Robb Preaching)
The fuller picture of Jesus’ future suffering and struggle as well as his glory are revealed in the midst of the journey for Peter and James and John during the Transfiguration. It is a crucial moment that will help them to keep moving forward in the days to come!