This coming weekend at Eastbrook Church, we will begin a new series entitled “Remade.” This is the third of a four-part journey through the Gospel of Mark, which began with our series “The Real Jesus” and continued up to Christmas with our series “King Coming.”
This series comes as Jesus enters Jerusalem and enters into conflict with the religious establishment about what true religion is all about. Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, the religious center of Israel, echoes with power and judgment. While Jesus came to reveal who God is, the irony is that much of what was known as ‘religion’ stood in the way of what Jesus came to do. As we continue this journey into the second half of Mark’s Gospel, we will wrestle with Jesus’ fundamental deconstruction and reconstruction of what it means to relate to God.
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The tile and text for each week is as follows:
January 19/20 – Reject Religion
Text: Mark 11:12-25 [key verse: “On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there.” (Mark 11:15)]
January 26/27 – Unmasking Authorities
Text: Mark 11:27-12:27 [key verse: “Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.” (Mark 12:12)]
February 2/3 – The Beginning of the End
Text: Mark 13:1-35 [key verse: “‘Do you see all these great buildings?’ replied Jesus. ‘Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.’” (Mark 13:2)]
February 9/10 – The Greatest Thing
Text: Mark 12:28-34 [key verse: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)]