Mark 6: 1-2 Jesus left
there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the
Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him
word ‘disciple’ comes from the Latin word for ‘pupil’ or
‘learner’. Here disciple is someone who has chosen to follow
the teachings and practices of Jesus. In John 8:31-32 Jesus said to the
Jews who believed Him, ‘if you hold to my teaching, you are really my
disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you
free.’ Jesus sent out His disciples to preach the good news to all the
earth and continue the teaching He had begun. As Christians, we are meant
to follow in this path, continuing to spread the good news to all. It
could mean treating those around us with the same love Christ had, it
could mean teaching others about the good news, giving to those less
fortunate, or praising and worshipping Christ.
a disciple is being a witness for Jesus Christ. However, without faith,
being a disciple is next to impossible. In Mark 6:6 Jesus was amazed at
the crowds’ lack of faith. How many more miracles could He have performed
if their faith was greater? Whether He was a carpenter or not, their lack
of faith prevented them from seeing the fullness of Christ’s potential.
The crowds did not expect a carpenter to have such wisdom, or the ability
to teach such truth. Do we not do this ourselves? Do we not have a
preconceived notion of how things in life should be? But if we had faith,
how much more would we see from Christ?
a disciple is sharing the knowledge of Christ and the love we receive
from Him with others. In Mathew 5:16 it says ‘In the same way, let your
light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify
your Father in Heaven’. We are not meant to keep Christ’s love a secret;
instead as disciples we are to share it with those around us. We are to
be witnesses for Christ in this world.
Dear Lord, we thank You for
filling us with the Holy Spirit and trusting us to be fishers of men. We
pray that You help us be good witnesses for You on this earth so that
more people will come to know You through us. Amen.
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…