The idea of Division Over Peace culminates in the because:

  1. The resurrection justifies the claims of Jesus. 
  2. The resurrection fully reveals what it means to bring


Mary’s journey of grief and joy are an example of the and that Jesus’s resurrection brings.

The resurrection is because it is difficult to believe that resurrection and hope are possible when we see

Jesus’s resurrection makes it clear that our lives on earth still have a even though we will die. 

Jesus claims to be  

Jesus cannot be simply . I must reject him or of my life.

Why can’t I just like Jesus? 

The depth of evil is it requires an unending source of to overcome it. 

  1. I must become I long to see in the world. 

To be a Christian is to have that, while there is a myriad of evidence to the contrary, Jesus’s Kingdom and his way is God’s

Because , we can trust that as we follow him we will begin to experience the .

Dust Wk 2 | 10.3.21

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.

Mark 2:1-2

Transformative moments with Jesus happen in and also in

Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.  When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

Mark 2:3-5

We all need a of people who will to get us to the feet of Jesus. 

I am hesitant to build friendships with people who believe differently than me, whether politically, socially, theologically, etc., because I am often  in my beliefs or am about what I think my might communicate to others about me.

I rightfully don’t want someone to feel like they are my

Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Mark 2:6-7

Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” 

Mark 2:8-11

Radical requires radical

So he said to the man,  “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”  He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

Mark 2:12


Dust: Wk 1 | 9.26.21 

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.  “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”  At once they left their nets and followed him.”

Mark 1:16-18

When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

Mark 1:19-20

After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news” 

Mark 1:14-15

We are invited to Jesus so closely that we are to be covered in from his sandals.

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

2 Corinthians 3:18

To be made like Christ is to have my and conformed to the pattern of Jesus in such a way that I the very thing I long to see happen in the world.  

We do not God’s Kingdom. We are into it as God’s Spirit makes us more like .

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matthew  11:28-30 (MSG) 

Will you be part of a church community that is ?

Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news” 

Mark 1:14-15