REAL CHRISTIANS: Mark 1:14-20

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SCRIPTURE

Mark 1:14-20
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” 

16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him. 

BIG IDEA

Immediately after Jesus begins His preaching ministry, He calls disciples to himself. This scene found in Mark chapter 1 helps us answer this essential question: Who or what is a real Christian? In this passage, Jesus reveals 5 key things about who a Christian is and what a Christian does.

First, a Christian has been called by Jesus. According to the Bible, becoming a Christian is not like a divine game of Where’s Waldo, with Jesus hiding or alluding us. Like these first disciples, we don’t “find” Jesus. Jesus finds us and calls us into a saving relationship with Him (Mark 1:17, 19-20). Second, a Christian repents from their sin and believes in the gospel of Jesus. A mark of a real Christian is that they repent and keep on repenting as they believe and keep on believing in the gospel (Mark 1:14-15). Third, a Christian follows Jesus, seeking to obey Him as their Savior-King (Mark 1:16-18, 20). Fourth, a Christian stops making Jesus a means to their end. By calling these men to leave their families, friends, and careers, Jesus is saying, “Follow me because I’m the Savior and King. I’m not calling you to add me to your life; I’m calling you to make me your life.” Jesus is not the one who gives treasures; He is the treasure! He’s not a divine genie who is obligated to give us everything we want. He is our sovereign King who graciously gives us what we need (Mark 1:17-18, 20). Fifth, and last of all, a Christian is a work-in-progress. Jesus doesn’t run away and tell us to “keep up or be left behind!” He walks with us, hand-in-hand, changing us from the inside out for our joy and His glory (Mark 1:17).

DISCUSSION

1. Was there anything from the sermon, big idea, or Mark 1:14-20 that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you? 

This scene found in Mark chapter 1 helps us answer this essential question: Who or what is a real Christian?

2. What are some answers you would get if you walked down the street and asked people this question: “Who or what is a real Christian?” 

A Christian has been called by Jesus. According to the Bible, becoming a Christian is not like a divine game of Where’s Waldo, with Jesus hiding or alluding us. Just like these first disciples, we don’t “find” Jesus. Jesus finds us and calls us into a saving relationship with Him through His Spirit (Mark 1:17, 19-20).

3. Can you think of any other people encountering Jesus because He found them? Why is it important for us to understand that it is Jesus who finds us (not the other way around)? 

A Christian repents from their sin and believes in the gospel of Jesus. A mark of a real Christian is that they repent and keep on repenting as they believe and keep on believing in the gospel (Mark 1:14-15).

4. What does repentance mean? What are some counterfeits of repentance in our culture? 

A Christian follows Jesus, seeking to obey Him as their Savior-King (Mark 1:16-18, 20).

5. What does it mean to follow Jesus? Jesus commands us to follow Him. How are we going to know where Jesus is leading? 

A Christian stops making Jesus a means to their end. By calling these men to leave their families, friends, and careers, Jesus is saying, “Follow me because I’m the Savior and King. I’m not calling you to add me to your life; I’m calling you to make me your life.” Jesus is not the one who gives treasures; He is the treasure! He’s not a divine genie who is obligated to give us everything we want. He is our sovereign King who graciously gives us what we need (Mark 1:17-18, 20).

6. In what ways do you think people try and make Jesus a means to their end in our culture? In what ways have you tried to made Jesus a means to your end? Has anything ever happened that made you realize Jesus is not really a slot machine, but, rather, He’s the King?

A Christian is a work-in-progress. Jesus doesn’t run away and tell us to “keep up or be left behind!” He walks with us, hand-in-hand, changing us from the inside out for our joy and His glory (Mark 1:17).

7. How has Jesus been working on you the past few years? The past few months? The past few weeks?

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WAYS TO LOVE MUSKOGEE

  • This Saturday February 7th, Home Sweet Home Chocolate Festival. Civic Center. Benefits local Habitat for Humanity. Purchase tickets at Habitat For Humanity’s Restore (or may local businesses) for $15 or pay $20 at the door. Includes entertainment, auctions, all you can eat chocolate and other treats from local restaurants. (Alcohol will be served, so this event is 21+)
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