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The kingdom of God is quite unlike other kingdoms. It’s more subversive, more underground, more radical than other kingdoms of this world.
We see this clearly in this week’s passage from Mark’s Gospel, in Chapter Four, verses 21 to 34, in our talk ‘The King’s Kingdom’.
The kingdom is likened to a little lamp, to scattered seed, and even to the tiny mustard seed.
If we’re to understand what it’s like to be in Jesus’ kingdom, and how it is that it grows and expands, we need to listen clearly to what Jesus says about it, and prepared to be challenged by how it works.
And above all, we should not be surprised when it seems small and unimpressive… because in this case the saying is true: from little things big things grow!
The health of a society is nearly always connected to the health of its families.
The Bible gives clear advice about how to have healthy families, and one of the best places to find it is in Ephesians chapter 6, verses 1 to 4:
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.“Honour your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
Children should aim to obey their parents, and fathers should aim to patiently and gently bring up their kids in how to know and follow God.
But we all know this is impossible to achieve due to our constant struggles with sin. And this is what makes us eternally grateful for the forgiveness God gives us for when we miss that mark.
Let’s keep praying for our families… and keep praising God for his forgiveness through the death of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Leadership challenges are normal for leaders, especially those who have a high place in public office.
This is particularly the case after times of conflict and unsettledness in the ranks of an organisation.
For Jesus, he experienced challenges from both likely and unlikely sources as he went around the country showing his authority as the king of all kings.
In this week’s section from Jesus’ life story as told by Mark, we see that his authority is challenged by the religious leaders, who think that his supernatural authority must be coming from the forces of evil.
Yet, it’s also challenged by his very own family–his own mother and brothers–who accuse him of being insane.
Jesus rises above their challenges, and shows that he is mentally healthy and that his supernatural power comes not from evil, but from himself, as the true God of the universe.
In this leadership challenge, make sure you back the winner… Jesus Christ.
One of the biggest misconceptions of the Christian church is that it’s only for ‘saints’… for people who are perfect, happy, normal… and generally nice in every way.
But nothing could be further from the truth.
The church is full of people who struggle with sin… whether they’ve already taken the step to follow in Jesus, or whether they’re still thinking about taking up that challenge.
In the Bible passage coming up this Sunday, from Mark chapter 2 verses 1 to 17, we see how Jesus came for sinners… and this is the best news anyone will ever hear.
Here’s what we read from Mark chapter 2 verses 16 and 17:
When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Good news, hey? Why don’t you come and join us this Sunday at 9am or 5pm to hear Jodie McNeill, our Senior Minister, talk about this great news for everyone.