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Fifteenth in the series “Why Should I Even Care?”

(partial recording only)

 

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Main Point:  Paul sketches in this passage the case for the Good News, which is our only hope for rescue.

  1. Nothing provides purpose for life other than the Gospel [1-3a]
    1. Ephesians 6:13-14
  2. History provides evidence for the truth of the Gospel [3b-8]
    1. Isaiah 53:4-6
    2. Psalm 22:16-18
    3. Hosea 6:2
    4. Jonah 1:17
    5. Psalm 16:9-11
  3. Grace provides opportunity for the spread of the Gospel [9-11]
    1. “The Son Rises” – William Lane Craig
  4. Application Questions:
    1. What do you tend to consider as more important that the Gospel in your life?
    2. How could you best present today’s evidence to one of your friends this week?
    3. What is your response to this Gospel proclaimed to you today?

 

Fourteenth in the series “Why Should I Even Care?”

Mark 14:53-65

Main Point:  Jesus’ claims about himself are woven neatly together at the hearing he has the night before his execution.

  1. Jesus knows what it’s like to personally face injustice [53-59]
    1. Deuteronomy 17:6
    2. Ephesians 2:19-22
  2. Jesus stands for the truth even when it will be costly [60-62]
    1. Isaiah 53:7
    2. Psalm 2:7-9
    3. Daniel 7:13-14
    4. Psalm 110:1-2
  3. The leaders react to Jesus’ answer with ferocious cruelty [63-65]
    1. Leviticus 24:13-16
  4. Application Questions:
    1. How can we better navigate facing unjust suffering?
    2. How do we go about sharing the Good News with those who are openly hostile?
    3. What is going to be your response to Jesus today?

Thirteenth in the series “Why Should I Even Care?”

Mark 14:32-42

Main Point:   In Gethsemane, Jesus wins the spiritual aspect of the ultimate victory only He could achieve.

  1. Jesus Is honest with His dad about His emotional suffering.
    1. Psalm 42:5
    2. Psalm 116:3-4
    3. Hebrews 5:7
    4. Isaiah 51:17
    5. Jeremiah 49:12
  2. The disciples weren’t as ready as they thought they were [37-40]
    1. Mark 13:37
    2. Mark 14:29-31
    3. Psalm 51:12
    4. Mark 9:5-6
  3. Jesus is obedient to his Dad’s will even if tragically alone [41-42]
    1. Genesis 3:14-15
  4. Application Questions:
    1. What are the kinds of things that break your heart?
    2. What spiritual disciplines are you practicing to be ready for season of temptation?
    3. Who is someone who needs to here this story from you?
    4. Are you ready to embrace what Jesus did for you today?

Twelfth in the series “Why Should I Even Care?”

Luke 22:24-38

Main Point:  Jesus alters what we should consider important in life based on the reality of his eventual rule.

  1. The leaders are to be servants in Jesus’ kingdom [24-30]
    1. Hebrews 13:7
    2. 1 Peter 5:1-4
  2. The accuser’s attack is weaker than Jesus’ prayers [31-34]
    1. 1 John 2:1-2
    2. John 17:11-12
    3. John 21:17-19
  3. The world is hostile to those embracing Jesus’ values [35-38]
    1. Isaiah 53:12
    2. 2 Timothy 3:12
    3. John 17:14-16
  4. Application Questions:
    1. What do you do to attempt to “lord over” other people?
    2. How could you go about serving others more intentionally this week?
    3. Who is someone going through a difficult time that needs you to be praying for them?
    4. For what is the enemy accusing you today?
    5. How have you faced persecution from the world system?

Eighth in the series “Why Should I Even Care?”

Luke 15:1-10

Main Point:  Jesus is more concerned about you than about the reputation He earns by spending time with you.

  1. Jesus’ compassion is not distracted by the majority [3-7]
    1. Ezekiel 34:11-12
    2. Psalm 23:1-3
    3. John 10:11-15
  2. Jesus’ compassion is relentless in looking for the missing [8-10]
    1. Hosea 14:1-2
    2. Malachi 3:7
    3. Romans 5:8
  3. Application Questions:
    1. How would it look for you to be more relentless in seeking the lost?
    2. How could we do a better job of celebrating conversion as a congregation?
    3. In what area of your life do you need a change of perspective? Are you ready to be found by Jesus today?

Seventh in the series “Why Should I Even Care?”

Luke 12:1-12

 

Main Point:  Go ahead and stop caring about what others think, because God’s opinion is worth far more than the sum of all the other opinions in the whole world.

  1. Wearing a mask is always only a temporary solution [1-3]
    1. Romans 2:15-16
    2. 1 Corinthians 4:5
  2. The only one to fear is the One we need not fear [4-7]
    1. John 15:13-14
    2. 1 John 4:17-19
    3. Isaiah 49:15-16
  3. God can navigate your problems better than you [9-12]
    1. 1 Peter 3:14-16
    2. Psalm 40:9-10
  4. Application Questions:
    1. In what circumstances do you try to act cooler than you actually are?
    2. How often do you leave Jesus out of a conversation because he might be embarrassing?
    3. Are you ready today to acknowledge Jesus?

Sixth in the series “Why Should I Even Care?”

Mark 8:34-9:1

Main Point:  The benefits of following Jesus are more valuable than even life itself.

  1. Those who follow Jesus must not maintain a selfish stance [34-37]
    1. “When Jesus calls a man, He bids him to come and die.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    2. John 12:20-33
    3. Psalm 49:5-9
  2. Those who follow Jesus will be tested by life’s challenges [38]
    1. Daniel 7:9-10
  3. Those who follow Jesus can expect His beautiful reign [1]
    1. Mark 9:2-4
    2. 2 Peter 1:16-17
    3. Revelation 19:11-16
  4. Jesus is worth whatever it costs you to follow him!
  5. Application questions:
    1. Are you ready to start actually following Jesus today?
    2. Onto what aspects of a selfish life are you still holding?
    3. How do we actually go about denying ourselves?

Fifth in the series “Why Should I Even Care?”

Mark 8:27-33

Main Point:  The expectations that we place upon Jesus are often entirely misguided by our own assumptions.

  1. Jesus does not deny being God’s special Chosen One [27-30]
    1. Deuteronomy 18:15-19
  2. The Chosen One does not always do what we anticipate [31-33]
    1. Daniel 7:13-14
    2. Isaiah 53:5-6
    3. Hosea 6:1-3
  3. Application Questions:
    1. Who do people in our culture say Jesus is?
    2. Who do you say Jesus actually is?
    3. What misconceptions or false expectations do you have?