From the series 'Cruciformed - Discipleship shaped by the Cross' - The Resurrection (Mark 15:40-16:1-8)
From this passage we will be unpacking the significance of the resurrection. It is also important for us because if we are convinced that Jesus is the Son of God and long-awaited Saviour, then our lives should reflect our faith in daily obedience and faithfulness to him.
From the series 'Cruciformed - Discipleship shaped by the Cross' - The Cross (Mark 15:15-39)
At the very beginning of Mark 1 it says…’The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah,[a] the Son of God…’ Mark 1:1a. Why is the cross of Jesus good news for us? This whole book has been leading to this point and we are about to read it’s conclusion. Mark’s description in this passage was without comment or interpretation but just as it happened. This final period of Jesus’ ministry…in his suffering, his death and resurrection.
Chris Burgess (02.04.23)
From the series 'Cruciformed - Discipleship shaped by the Cross' - Stand Firm (Mark 13:1-13)
In our discipleship we are called to pick up our cross, deny self and follow Jesus. In this passage we see Jesus describe the persecution for those who follow him so how do we stand firm in light of this? What might this look like for us in the West? How might we prepare for such difficulties?
Mark Gibson (26.03.23)
From the series 'Cruciformed - Discipleship shaped by the Cross' - The Choice (Mark 8:27-9:1)
Following Peter’s confession of who Jesus was, Jesus then predicts his own death which challenges the view of what the Messiah would do. He then challenges those that follow Him must deny themselves and pick up their cross (Mk.8:34). Sacrificing SELF is at the heart of discipleship so what does it mean for us to ‘deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him’?
Erica Richmond (19.03.23)
From the series 'Cruciformed - Discipleship shaped by the Cross' - The Crowd (Mark 3:1-19)
In this passage, Jesus’ focus was on the 12 rather than the crowd. How is this counter to our society/church cultures? Looking at our being refined as Jesus matures us as his disciples as we follow Jesus' example found in John 4:19, "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does."
Paul Rogers (12.03.22)
From the series 'Cruciformed - Discipleship shaped by the Cross' - Cruciformed (Mark 2:14-20)
What does it mean to follow Jesus? As disciples who follow Jesus Christ, we are called to surrender every aspect of our lives completely to him. What does the cost, and privilege, of being called to follow mean for us today?
Paul Rogers (05.03.23)