This Sunday we enter week 50 of our study in the Gospel of Mark. We have just 4 weeks left, as the passages get heavier, the intensity builds, and the culmination of this breathtaking eyewitness account arrives. Here is what is ahead for the final four weeks:
Mark 14:53-72: The King and the Coward
Mark 15:1-15: The King and the Crime
Mark 15:16-47: The King Crucified
Mark 16:1-20: The Call of the King
I’m really excited to preach these four texts. The whole gospel has been great, but it seems like the drama just continues to thicken as the climactic events of Christ’s death and resurrection approach in the narrative. It was exactly one year ago this Sunday, on October 7, 2012, that we began our journey through Mark at LifePoint Church. I find myself getting a little nostalgic as we come to the end of this year-long journey. I was looking back over the various sermon series’ that we have experienced together as we progressed line by line through the text.
There were 7 different series in our study of Mark.
The first: “Jesus: Son of God, Son of Man” October-November, 2012 covering Mark 1-2
The shortest: “In Focus” 3 Sundays in March covering Mark 8:1-33
The longest: “The King and His Cross” 139 verses; Mark 14-16; September-October, 2013
The widest: “Jesus Uncensored” spanned 12 weeks covering 108 verses; Mark 8-10; April-June, 2013
Church-wide at LPC quite a bit has changed since we began our journey through Mark.
Here are just a few things that have happened since we started Mark’s gospel:
- We said goodbye to 4 staff members: Janeyra Salgado, Christy Briggs, Jeff Miles, and Christian Salyers
- We welcomed aboard 10 new staff members: Tyler Clarensau, Katie Clarensau, Wayne Sommers, Jordann Cassese, Jake Hanna, Jordan Dowers, Courtney Huskisson, Brent Kimball, Jessie Kimball, and Leah Thompson
- We baptized 67 new believers
- We added 50 new members
- We grew by over 20% in average weekly attendance on Sundays
Here is some artwork from the different series. I was able to track down all but the first one.