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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.
At our church we are truly blessed to have so many people willing to serve in so many ways.
Our volunteer ‘army’ keeps the wheels turning, from cleaning and mowing through to service leading and cooking. Many hands certainly make light work… or at least lighter than it would otherwise be.
Our new roster is scheduled to come out this week, and as we see the many names attached to the many roles, we see a picture of the body of Christ in action… the many parts of the body all working together as one.
As always, check out our online church management system at thehub.oakflatsanglican.com for the latest and greatest version of our rosters, as well as the runsheet for the upcoming Sunday.
Thanks be to God for your willingness to serve, and the way in which we all work together to keep the necessary cogs turning, as we seek to see this place grow, to God’s glory!
There’s only one thing worse that having no authority: it’s having authority that doesn’t actually work.
This week we’ve seen the most powerful man on the planet fail to succeed in having authority over the people and the situations around him.
President Obama hasn’t yet been able to catch the Boston bombers, he wasn’t able to prevent the Texas explosion, and he has failed to lead his country to gun reform. What’s more, he is powerless to bring back to the life those tragically killed by bombs and guns, and will be unable to heal the people with horrific amputations.
In contrast, Jesus Christ, who wasn’t recognised as a president or king, could change life and history by simply speaking words.
As we look at Mark 1:16-45 this week, we’ll meet ‘The king with authority’, Jesus who rules everything and everyone.
We’d love you to join us this week!