Mark (Ch 1: vs 16-20) - Believer or Follower

When it comes to Christianity, you need to ask yourself a very important question:

Are you a believer or are you a follower of Jesus?

There might not appear to be any difference between these two states, but as you will discover in this message, these positions are poles apart.

So, as you listen to the message, take the test and answer the question; then, once you know the outcome of where you’re standing, make the decision to act upon what you’ve discovered.

The Parable of the Fig Tree

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)

Everything will be destroyed at some point in time - yet all that will be left will be the word of God…and the fruit of the works of our faith. So the question of this message is, “Who or what are you living for?”

The Parable of the Great Banquet

With everything in life there is an ending, whether that be a song, a movie, a moment or even life itself.

In this message, the urgency with which Jesus calls us to compel those that do not know Him to come to Him, is expounded. We must have His heart to pursue the lost - those that know they don’t have it all together. The question is: are we willing to go out and call them in?

The Parable of the Lost Coin

When Jesus told the parables to those following Him, the Father's love for the lost was always evident, and the parable of the lost coin is no exception.

God's heart to restore the lost is expounded beautifully in this message, with the greater echoes of the heavenly host being declared when one lost soul turns to the Father when compared to the ninety nine that are already in His care.

Being Redeemed to God by the Blood of Jesus

A king's ransom was needed to see Richard I set free and returned safely to England during his reign between 1189-1199.   The cost needed to purchase this freedom was astronomical.  Jesus' death at Calvary paid the price for mankind's freedom from sin and death.

This teaching on the redemptive work of Christ helps us to understand the power of His blood that was shed for us, which provided our freedom from an eternity separated from God.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

How does something so insignificant become so important?  How did just twelve, insignificant disciples - followers of Jesus - become a worldwide band of believers that is changing the world?  How can our own lives be changed from something mundane to something extraordinary?

As you listen to this message, you will discover the transforming power of Jesus Christ; for it is only in and through Him that we can truly become the people that He called us to be.