Mark 16:1-8 - Jeff Doolittle - As we wrap up the "Follow the Servant" series, giving one last overview of the book, we find that time and time again, the disciples really didn't get who Jesus was or what everything He did actually meant. His disciples continued to miss what it was really all about. Even after Jesus rose from the dead, they were still confused and scared. But the real question isn't whether they figured it out. What each of us needs to ask ourselves is, "What about me? How will I respond to the resurrected Jesus? Do I really get it?"
Mark 15:16-47 - Mike Slayden - This week we’ll take a brutally honest look at the crucifixion. In examining this means of torture and death perfected by the Romans, we’ll see that Jesus’ death on the cross was God’s means of satisfying His wrath toward sin. By providing a substitute to take our place, Jesus’ death reconciled a perfect God to a sinful people once and for all.
Jerrod Rumley - Mark 14:43-15:15 - This passage portrays the betrayal, arrest and trial of Jesus, and finishes with Peter’s denial. Judas was commissioned to betray Him, and even His closest of disciples reject knowing Him at the eleventh hour. The implications for us are many. One, we need to always be mindful of who we do community with and share clear expectations with each other. Two, we need to believe that Jesus is God, who He claimed to be. We have a great message of good news about who Jesus is, yet most of the world will still reject Him, and suffering and death will soon follow. Finally, even the closest of those in relationship with Jesus can distance themselves from Him at times.
Mark 14:32-42 - Jeff Doolittle - We all find ourselves facing difficult circumstances at various times in our lives. In the middle of trials we often feel abandoned, alone, and powerless. Difficult circumstances force us to make a choice. Will we trust in ourselves, or in God? In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus himself confronts the terrible suffering he is about to face. As he approaches his darkest hour, Jesus teaches us how to rely on God and trust him, whatever difficult circumstances we face.
Mark 14:12-31 (1 Corinthians 11:23-26) - Shea Sumlin - On the night Jesus was betrayed, shortly before His arrest, trials and execution on the cross, He shares the Passover meal with His disciples. Jews had shared this meal every year for the previous 1500 years, celebrating God’s incredible deliverance from their bondage of slavery under the Egyptians. Yet Jesus flips this meal completely on its head, powerfully demonstrating to His disciples that this meal had always been a foreshadowing of Him. He is the sacrificial Lamb of God who came to redeem us from the bondage of sin and establish a new covenant with us based on His grace. Through this passage we’ll seek to understand why we celebrate the Lord’s Supper (Communion) as a church. We’ll re-examine the depth and power of the gospel that has redeemed us, is redeeming us, and will one day redeem us.