I listened to Renewing Your Mind | Who Is the Greatest? | Dec 27, 2020 yesterday, and I decided to share a few observations.
What was Renewing Your Mind | Who Is the Greatest? | Dec 27, 2020 about? It is an explanation of the verses above by R.C. Sproul, Founder | Ligonier Ministries, part of a series on the Book of Mark.
How are these verses — these three passages — related? They sure don’t seem to be, do they? Why not? Try listening to an audio recording. Then it becomes obvious. The Book of Mark moves along at light speed, almost without transition.
Consider just the verses above. Together they form three passages. In the first we see Jesus telling His disciples that the Father is handing Him over to be killed by evil men. In the next Jesus sits His disciples down with Him and quietly explains the meaning of true greatness. Then, still moving along swiftly, John tells Jesus about a man who was casting out demons in the name of Jesus. How can all these little vignettes be related?
The entire Bible is about Jesus. So are these three passages. In the first Jesus was preparing His disciples for His death, the sacrifice He would make on our behalf. In the second passage Jesus explains a great truth, that to be first among men, we must be like Jesus, the greatest servant among men. In the last passage Jesus reminds His disciples that it is Him we must follow, not one or more of His disciples.
All three passages help explain the need for humility. In the first Jesus provides an example. He is obeying His Father even unto death. In the second passage, because of their pride, Jesus’ apostles have embarrassed themselves. In the presence of the Christ — after He has told them of the fact He must die — they have been arguing over which of them is the greatest. In the third Jesus explains to His disciples that “following us” is not important. The test of a follower of Jesus is that that follower is following Jesus and glorifying His name, not the name of a particular church or denomination.
How do we follow Jesus? Unlike the apostles, we have don’t have Jesus to teach us. Instead, we have the Bible, and we have Bible teachers to helps us understand the Bible. Who should we go to for Bible instruction? Is there a test? Yes. We have to read the Bible.
Doctrine is important. Therefore, in order to test our teachers and to make certain we are going to a church that is following Jesus, we need to study the Bible. After all, the Bible is a sizable book because we are suppose to learn from it. If you are not studying the Bible, there is no time like the present to start.
- How can I recognize a false teacher / false prophet? | GotQuestions.org and What is apostasy and how can I recognize it? | GotQuestions.org
- What is apostasy and how can I recognize it? | GotQuestions.org
- What is Apostasy? Bible Meaning and Definition (biblestudytools.com)
- What Is Apostasy? A Biblical Definition of Apostasy | Jack Wellman (patheos.com)
- How to Recognize False Teaching – Bible Gateway Blog
- 7 Sure-Fire Ways to Recognize False Teachers – Trending Christian Blog (crosswalk.com)
- How to Identify a False Prophet or Teacher (whatchristianswanttoknow.com)
- How do you identify a false teacher and what are the signs? | carm.org