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Hope Has a Mission

April 25, 2020 Speaker: Dan Davis Series: Encountering Hope

Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Mark 1:14–1:28, Mark 1:36–1:39

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One encounter can change your life. It can and there’s none greater for you to experience than an encounter with Jesus. It’s true today in these uncertain times just as it was 2,000 years ago when He walked this earth. So join us for our new series, “Encountering Hope: a journey through the Gospel of Mark.” Each week, we’ll relive some amazing stories and discover the hope that Jesus brought to desperate people—a hope that He still brings today. So whether you’ve read through the Bible many times before or it’s all brand new to you, join us on this journey and encounter the hope of Jesus for yourself.

Mark 1:14-15 NIV

14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Hope Has a Mission

Jesus came from heaven to shine hope into the dark and broken places of our world. So right after Jesus starts proclaiming the Good News about the arrival of the Kingdom of God, He then looks for partners to come along and join His team in this mission of hope.

Mark 1:16-20 NIV

16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him. 19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

Hope Has a Mission

1. A Mission of PRIORITY

Jesus must be our first priority, more than the people and things we might care about the most. Following Jesus demands whole-hearted allegiance, and not half-hearted effort.

2. A Mission of PARTNERSHIP

Following Jesus was never meant to be a solo sport or an individual endeavor. Church is at its best when we each bring what we have and add it to the mix of what could be.

3. A Mission of PRIVILEGE

There is no greater joy, honor, or privilege than to be invited by none other than the King of Kings to join with Him and play our part in the work that matters most and lasts forever.

Mark 1:21-28 NIV

21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. 23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, 24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” 25 “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” 26 The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. 27 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” 28 News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.

Mark 1:36-39 NIV

36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” 38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

Hope Has a Mission

1. Get Your Mission from God

Jesus didn't perform miracles for miracles sake. Rather they were part of His bigger mission of hope. Jesus came to be our Messiah and not our magician. Jesus got His cues from His Heavenly Father rather than just responding to the needs around Him. So should we.

2. Take That Mission to People

Look to Jesus and make sure that your hope is fully rooted in Him. IF He indeed is your hope, don't hoard it, but share it in your words and deeds with those around you.

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