Pastor Miles began a new series this weekend based on the gospel of Mark. He opened this week's message referring to his week, and how each day of his week has a specific purpose. He has a specific description for each day and how he is supposed to spend it. Friday is his fun day in which he does something for himself.
This past Friday Pastor Miles went to visit a doctor who does brain imaging. This specialist can decipher problems or diseases you may have by looking at an image of your brain and locating where holes or pockets may be.
One particular situation this doctor dealt with was a husband and wife who were having marital problems. The husband was apparently a jerk, and his rude behavior had begun about 5 years ago, around the same time he took a job, in which he worked in an area where he breathed paint fumes all day.
The images of his brain showed damage as a result of the paint fumes that could have been causing the change in his behavior. So the doctor prescribed for him ways the man could change to improve his health, so he could restore his behavior, and therefore, his relationship with his wife.
Jesus wants to transform our lives in the same way. He wants to restore us physically, emotionally, and spiritually where we are wounded and in need of His healing. As we viewed a clip from the movie the Matrix we saw that Neo had the opportunity to cleanse and restore himself through taking a red pill. We can find that healing and restoration and transformation in the blood of Christ.
The Basics on the Book of Mark
Mark was the first Gospel to ever be written. Mark is a book of action. Mark's Gospel was written to a non-Jewish audience, with one of the themes being the immediate action of Jesus and His followers. The word immediately appears more than 40 times throughout this Gospel.
Immediate Transforming Authority
The Gospel of Mark teaches that Jesus has the authority to immediately transform your life for a predestined purpose.
One of the first immediate actions we see take place is Jesus' authority immediately confirmed by God. Jesus is ordained worthy of worship. Mark 1:2-3 states, as it is written in the Prophets: "Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will prepare Your way before You. The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.'"
God, the Holy Spirit, John the Baptist, and Old Testament prophecy all confirmed the identity and authority of Jesus. Mark 1:21-22 states, then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and taught. And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Dominance over Demons
Mark 1:12-13 states, immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.
Satan tempted Jesus in every way, but Jesus demonstrated His authority never yielding to temptation, rebuking Satan. The supernatural powers we see Jesus demonstrate in the Gospels, we can also see Him demonstrate in our own lives.
An example of this can be seen in how God provided the Rock Church with the new building. The fact that we obtained this building was a result of transforming faith, in which God supplied and provided the means, the people, and the finances, and so on for the Rock to be able to make this purchase.
When we consider the events of our own lives, we should all be able to think of how God's transforming authority has impacted us.
Submit to His Transforming Authority
Mark 1:16-18 states, and as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
Jesus' followers immediately left what they were doing to follow Him. When we experience His transforming authority, our response to follow and submit to Him should be immediate.
Fulfill Your Purpose
When we consider the purpose of the Rock Church to save, equip, and send out soul winners, what do you see as your purpose? Do you take part in this mission? Is your desire to reach out to others and share the love of Christ with them? The church can only fulfill its mission when each of us chooses to fulfill our purpose.
It is important to know that God has determined your purpose before time. When you recognize this you will be able to accept His transforming authority in your life, and be available to be used by Him in amazing ways. God's transforming authority isn't meant to just be read about in the Gospel's, when we submit to Him, we can see Him move in our lives!