In life, we celebrate learning by commemorating out those moments that mark out our growing independence. Well, the disciples are clearly learning and growing from their Master Jesus. So what does their growth look like? Pastor Joe will help us see what discipleship growth looks like by unpacking two of Jesus’ more spectacular miracles.
Success in this world tends to be measured by acceptance. If lots of people accept you, that makes you successful. But in this passage we see Jesus rejected by His own family and friends, and we see John rejected by King Herod… we might be tempted to think of their ministry as giant failures due to this rejection, but Pastor Ben helps us see past worldly measurements of success.
By this point in their journey with Jesus, the disciples were probably beginning to realise that following Jesus placed them in a significant minority… sure the crowds gathered to Him, but amongst the people who had all the sway in society, they were on the outer. Pastor Joe helps us see why following Jesus is worth it, even if it pushes us into the minority.
It has been clear in our journey through Matthew’s gospel, that some people receive Jesus and some reject Him… this week, Pastor Joe unpacks the first of a series of parables to show us why Jesus had this effect on people who engaged with His teaching.
Everyone wanted a piece of the Messiah, everyone had their own pre-conceived ideas about Him. Well in this passage, Pastor Ben will show us how the religious leaders of Jesus’ day let their ideas about the Messiah drive them to make a fatal mistake in how they treated Jesus.
Busyness is the new marker of success… if you are busy, it means you are kicking goals in life because you have something to be busy with. But Jesus wants us to see that there is more to life than busyness, and He came to give us rest. Pastor Joe helps us to see where our true rest can be found.
There are countless ideas about Jesus in this world. There are even countless ideas about Jesus across the varying manifestations of the church. So with all these different ideas, it is easy to doubt that we can truly know Him? Pastor Joe helps us to see the true Christ and have our doubts met by Him.
We have seen that following Jesus comes with a cost. This week Pastor Ben helps us to see the intimate details of that cost as he looks at the way Jesus calls His disciples to following Him onto the mission field.
With Jesus performing spectacular miracles and crowds gathering around Him, we could be tempted to think that scores of people would want to become His disciple… but Jesus takes moments, in the midst of all these miracles, to challenge people of the cost of following Him. Pastor Joe unpacks Jesus’ bold call to follow Him and why the cost is more than worth it.
When someone is placed in authority over us, we can feel uneasy about it. Our experience with authority tends to make us wary of potential abuses of that authority. So when we talk of following a God who has all authority, perhaps this can cause us to pull back from Jesus. Pastor Joe helps us to see the beauty of Jesus’ authority and be drawn to come under it.