Courageous Faith Begins


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Courageous Faith Begins

Courageous Faith Begins

When Jesus was resurrected, the man at the tomb sent the women back to Galilee. “There you will see him, just as he told you.” This summer we return to our Galilee of Tallahassee to begin the journey again with Jesus. As we worship together this summer, I want to offer you the courageous faith that many of the people in the Gospel of Mark experienced in Jesus’ day.

Throughout the summer, I’m preaching about the characters and stories that exemplify courageous faith: obedience to rise and follow Jesus. We’ll look at the strangers that dig through a roof to deliver a paralytic to Jesus (Mark 2:1-12), a deaf man (Mark 7:31-37), Jesus’ transfiguration (Mark 9:1-13), the father of a demon-possessed boy (Mark 9:14-29); Jairus’s daughter and a diseased woman (Mark 5:12-43); Bartimaus (Mark 10:46-52); and a Syrophoenician woman (Mark 7:24-30); and a little child (Mark 9:33-41). At each stop along the journey we’ll notice through his power, Jesus drew people to himself, forgave sin, saved people, conquered death, broke through racial and economic barriers, and gave people courage to rise.

With resurrection eyes, we notice that Jesus has gone before us, overcome the darkness, invaded our homes, city, and world, and loosened us from the grip of death. He has walked to us on the storms of life and said, as he did to his disciples, “Take courage; it is I. Don’t be afraid” (Mark 6:50). Join us this summer for these messages. If you’re out of town, be sure to tune into our live webcast at 9:00 or 11:15 Eastern time or online following the service.

May 31 – Faith of a Few Strangers (Mark 2:1-12)
June 7 – When Jesus Invaded (Mark 7:31-37)
June 14 – Jesus’s Mountain Adventure (Mark 9:1-13)
June 21 – Helping My Unbelief (Mark 9:14-29)
June 28 – What Twelve Years Will Do (Mark 5:12-43)
July 5 – Courage to Rise (Mark 10:46-52)
July 12 – The Mother who changed the World (Mark 7:24-30)
*July 19 – Marty Smith preaching
July 26 – Finishing First but not Winning (Mark 9:33-41)