This week, we’re in the Gospel of Mark dissecting the passage that states “all things are possible for one who believes”
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The Gospel of Mark: Expanding your _________
May 27th, 2012 by Kasey Crawford
Today’s Passage: Mark 9:14-29 and 8:14-21
Review…( Mark 1-10)
A framework for understanding Mark: The book of Mark puts on display how Jesus brings more of heaven to earth and invites his followers to experience the same as they learn a new (kingdom) way of life from the Master and respond with regular repentance (turning to God) and belief (taking action).
New (Mark 9:14-29 and 8:14-21)
All things are possible for one who believes…Mark 14:23
Jesus is again revealing and demonstrating the _________ of God on earth and __________ of how the Father God wants to interact with us.
God wants to regularly ____________ your view of _______________.
That’s why we have two very different responses from Jesus.
To the father who came to Jesus and asked for help, his view of possible barely included Jesus being able to help his situation: if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us….and I believe, help my unbelief. (9:22,23)
The Faith that Jesus responds to here is an _____________ faith mixed with a ____________ to have our view of possible expanded.
As your view of what is possible gets bigger comes a responsibility, if we want to see our experience of possible continue to expand. That is why Jesus responds to the disciples so differently in this situation
In verse 9:19 “oh faithless generation”, and in 8:14-21 “Don’t you remember?”, Jesus demonstrates a frustration with his disciples because they had _______________ what God had already done in and through them.
When Jesus works in our life, we have the responsibility to ____________ remember the things God has done, in order to keep our view of what is possible expanding.
Although the disciples had cast out many demons before, they forgot who they were and thus “they were not able”, which literally means “they lacked the ________.”
When you forget _______ you are and what God has ______, you will lack the authority you are meant to carry.
When we have gotten off track and forgotten who we are and what God has done, how do we return?
“This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” 9:29
But they did pray, so what does Jesus mean?
Prayer is a reference to his _____________ of intimate communion with the Father.
The authority for releasing the kingdom flows out of the intimacy you have with the __________.
In the place of intimacy with the Father, Jesus touches the heartbeat of heaven, and keeps before him the __________ of the kingdom, and is therefore constantly ready to bring that reality to earth.
So, Jesus models for us, that as we pursue intimacy with the heartbeat of heaven, this will keep our minds fixed on the things above, thus preparing us to regularly expand our view of possible.
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