Passage: Mark 3:7–21
Main Idea: Jesus demonstrates a faithful ministry model that the church should follow.
Faithful Ministry Reaches People
- 7–12 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him. And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” And he strictly ordered them not to make him known.
- Acts 1:8
Faithful Ministry Focuses on Disciple-Making
- 13–19 And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons. He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
- Matthew 28:19
- 1 Timothy 4:1–3
- Colossians 1:21–23
Faithful Ministry Perseveres When Opposed
- 20, 21 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”
- Matthew 10:34–36
- 2 Timothy 2:24–26
- Do I serve Jesus by faithfully following the example of ministry he set for his church?
- Hebrews 10:32–36