Whoever Loses Their Life Will Save It – Sharonda Medina

“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” Mark 8:35 NIV

“He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!”he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” Mark 8:31-38 NIV

Whoever Loses Their Life Will Save It – Tommy Artmann

Whoever Loses Their Life Will Save It

Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.  (Mark 8:35)

  1. Context is Everything. 

The full context is Mark 1:11-8:26 (The identity of Jesus).

The immediate context is Mark 8:27-30 (The disciples recognize Jesus as the Messiah).
Jesus asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Messiah.” (Mark 8:29)

  1. Jesus Gave Everything to Save Our Souls.
    Then Jesus began to tell them that the Son of Man must suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but three days later He would rise from the dead.  (Mark 8:31)
  1. To Follow Jesus Will Cost Us Everything.
    For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. (Mark 8:35)
  1. Our Soul is Worth More than Anything.

What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?  Is anything worth more than your soul? (Mark 8:36,37)

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

Jim Elliott, martyred for Christ at age 28

Judge Not – Sharonda Medina

Matthew 7:1 NIV

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5 NIV

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. – Tommy Artmann

     (Matthew 7:1)

  1. Context Is Everything.

Full context is Matthew 5-7, The Sermon on the Mount.

Immediate context is Matthew 7:1-5.

Do not judge unfairly, lest you be judged in a similar way. For by the kind of judgement with which you  judge others, you will be judged. (Matthew 7:1,2 — D. Hagner)

  1. Critical Judgement or Discernment?

Unfair, critical judgement tears people down.

Humble discernment seeks to restore.

We are called to show the love of God.

Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. (5:44,45)

  1. One Day We Will All Be Judged by God.

On judgment day many will say to Me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in Your name and cast out demons in Your name and performed many miracles in Your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from Me, you who break God’s laws.’ (Matthew 7:22,23)

Be happy! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. (Matthew 5:12)

Anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 5:19)

Greater Works Than These – Sharonda Medina

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:6 ESV

Jesus the Way to the Father – Tommy Artmann

John 14:5-14  (NLT)

“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is.[a] From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”

Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. 11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.

12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!

One Thing You Lack – Charles Pope

“As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.”  Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.” Mark 10:17-22 NRSV

Sell all you have and give it to the poor. – Tommy Artmann

      “Sell all you have and give it to the poor.”

“There is still one thing you haven’t done,” He told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” (Mark 10:21)

  1. Human methods are deceiving.

“Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” (10:20)

  1. The only sure investment is a heavenly investment.

Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” He told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” (10:21)

  1. Whatever stands in the way. . . .

             At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. (10:22)

What is Truth? – Sharonda Medina

“Then Pilate went back into his headquarters and called for Jesus to be brought to him. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked him.

Jesus replied, “Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?”

“Am I a Jew?” Pilate retorted. “Your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?”

Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”

Pilate said, “So you are a king?”

Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.”

 

“What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime.” John 18:33-38 NLT

What Is Truth? – Charles Pope

Pilot asked him, “What is truth?” (John 18:38a)

  1. Pilot confronts Jesus with a question.

“Are you the King of the Jews?” (John 18:33b)

  1. Jesus offers Pilot a great truth.

“You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. (John  18:37a)

  1. Jesus tells Pilot that He is “Truth.”

“Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice.” (John 18:37b)