Mark: Faith in Action

Week 5(4-10 Feb.)

Sunday – Rejection in Life

Scripture Reading: Mark 6:1-6

Jesus’ first rejection at Nazareth occurred in the beginning of Christ’s ministry.  When he returns home with the glory days of ministry behind him, the expectation of the disciples probably was that it would be different this time.  After all, everyone will have heard all of the things that Jesus has done.  Yet, when Jesus came home and taught in the synagogue, “And they took offence at him.”  Even Jesus experiences and points out, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, among their own kin, and in their own house.”  With their lack of belief in Jesus then, “he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them.”  Only a few would believe in Jesus.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this tell you about effectiveness in sharing?

Monday – Field Training

Scripture Reading: Mark 6:7-13

In this passage, we find that Jesus begins to send out the disciples two by two to help prepare them for what they will be doing as Apostles when He leaves them.  There is a time when we are expected to put what we have learned into practice by sharing the Glory of the Lord in our own ways.  For the twelve Disciples, it was to cast out demons and through anointing of oil curing people of their sickness.  For those who welcome them, they were to stay until time to leave.  For those who don’t welcome them, shake the dust off their feet and move on.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this teach us in sharing Christ with our faith in action?

Tuesday – Evil that men do…

Scripture Reading: Mark 6:14-29

In Herod, we find out what evil people can do and we are not immune to the consequences of it.  John the Baptist, recognized as a man of God, when talking with Herod, told him, “it is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”  Herod puts him in prison and though he liked to listen to him, eventually cuts off his head, puts it on a platter and gives it to Herodias’s daughter as requested.  One must recognize that when we live lives of faith in action that it doesn’t mean that we won’t suffer the consequences of what evil people do.  Faith in action means that there will be times when there will be rejection, ridicule, and, yes, Christians being beheaded.

Pastor’s Pondering:  Where and how do you see this today?

Wednesday – Feed the Crowds

Scripture Reading: Mark 6:30-44

When the Apostles tell Jesus “all that they had done and taught,” Jesus takes them across the sea to rest but getting to the other side a crowd had formed to listen to Jesus teach.  Jesus takes this opportunity to teach the disciples/apostles that it is not just about teaching the Word but having compassion on the people and when needed – feed the people.  Without compassion, the Word is not heard.  Without faith in action the Word is not heard.

Pastor’s Pondering:  How does this challenge us in having faith in action and teaching God’s word?

Thursday – Walking on Water

Scripture Reading: Mark 6:45-56

In light of the miracle of Jesus walking on water to them as they were struggling against the wind, the disciples lack of faith and understanding comes out.  Even after the miracle of feeding the 5,000+, they are “astounded” that Jesus walks to them on the water “because they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.”  The disciples have not yet understood what it means to truly have faith.  In Jesus, they were just beginning to see what it means to have faith that can move mountains.

Pastor’s Pondering:  How does this story challenge us in the actions of our faith?

Friday – Ministry at Gennesaret

Scripture Reading: Mark 6:53-56

When Jesus arrives in Gennesaret, he finds people that have heard and believe and come to him for healing.  This is a place and scene where the Glory of the Lord is shown as Christ ministers to all.  It is this scene that the disciples are probably watching and thinking yes, this is the Messiah.  Look at what he is doing!  Look how the people are coming to Him!  This is the Messiah that is making all things right and the Kingdom of God is surely near!   When true Faith is in Action as a Church, people can see the things that are being done in the Lord.

Pastor’s Pondering:  How can true faith in action in the Church bring about the glory days of Ministry?

Saturday – Real Defilement

Scripture Reading: Mark 7:1-23

In light of the fame of Jesus, the Pharisees and scribes (the religious teachers) come not to observe and learn but to discredit Jesus and His followers.  These Teachers who were supposed to be teaching God’s Word and leading people to be clean in their life in God confronted Jesus about the disciples eating with their defiled hands.  When the glory of the Lord shines, some receive it, some will reject it and some will attack it.  Jesus confronts them and teaches the crowd about what real defilement is and where it comes from.  Christ’s ministry has reached the point where it now will be challenged and attacked by the false teachers as Jesus convicts them with the True Law and Faith in Action.

Pastor’s Pondering:  How do we see this battle continuing today in what is true faith in action?

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