Jesus’ Ministry Launched RADICAL MESSAGE Mark 1:14–15 (ESV) Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Jesus’ Ministry Launched RADICAL MESSAGE Gospel of God Gospel – good news of God – about or from God
Jesus’ Ministry Launched RADICAL MESSAGE 3 Components 1.time fulfilled (kairos) 2.kingdom of God is here (basileia) 3.repent & believe in the gospel
Jesus’ Ministry Launched RADICAL MESSAGE 3 Components 1.time fulfilled (kairos) Chronos – time as quantitative Kairos – time as occasion, season
Jesus’ Ministry Launched RADICAL MESSAGE 3 Components 1.time fulfilled (kairos) 2.kingdom of God is here (basileia) basileia – a domain ruled by a king or queen, royal jurisdiction or rule a kingdom invasion in the person of Jesus the Messiah
Jesus’ Ministry Launched RADICAL MESSAGE 3 Components 1.time fulfilled (kairos) 2.kingdom of God is here (basileia) 3.repent & believe in the gospel repent & believe – both required and foundational to God’s kingdom
Jesus’ Ministry Launched RADICAL CALL Mark 1:16–20 (ESV) 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.
Jesus’ Ministry Launched RADICAL CALL Not first encounterJohn 1:35-42
Not first encounter John 1:35–42 (ESV) The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”... 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).
Jesus’ Ministry Launched RADICAL CALL come follow Me – a command, not an invitation immediately drop nets and follow call appears ambiguous response appears impetuous
Jesus’ Ministry Launched RADICAL CALL background in Jewish culture Bet Sefer – age 6 to 10(house of the book; torah) Bet Talmud – ages 10 to 14(house of learning; writings, prophets, q/a) Bet Midrash – ages 14-18 (house of study; rabbinic study) Yoke = rabbi’s teaching, philosophy, life-style, interpretation of scripture Lech Acharai – “Come, follow me.”
APPLICATION: Kairos Moments & Seasons 1.Are you alert to God’s kairos moments? (in your life and world) 2. What are some of God’s Kairos events/seasons in your life and what’s God’s working in that event/season?
APPLICATION: Privileged Calling ALERT: Jesus’ Warning! Matthew 23:8–10 (NIV84) “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the Christ.
APPLICATION: Privileged Calling 1.Is Jesus your rabbi, teacher, master? (do you follow Him, memorize His words, learn His interpretations of Scripture, live like Him, and multiply Jesus’ life in others?) 2.Are you available? (is your life disentangled so that you can respond to Jesus’ calling to you no matter what, when, and where that call involves?)
Parting Exhortation: The call to discipleship is an invitation to you…today. The role of a disciple today is no different than the role of a disciple in the first century. We are called to follow Rabbi Jesus. It is our role to memorize his words. It is our role to learn his traditions and interpretations of scripture. It is our role to imitate his actions. It is our role to raise up more disciples for him.
Committed to passionately... Live like Jesus lived, Do what Jesus did, and Advance His kingdom together.