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Updated: September 20, 2023

Transformation – Audience – Message – Connection

We believe that what Jesus said about Himself is true.  Jesus told the crowd, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself” (John 12:32).   Jesus also said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Every Sunday morning we remember that “Jesus is our Shoreline” means that we are a people who 1) lift up Jesus Christ, 2) we lift up one another in the name of Christ and 3) we share Jesus with the world around us.  For us, it is all about Jesus Whose life was perfectly consistent with God’s view of the world as revealed in God’s Word: The Bible.

      Because we believe Jesus is the answer to all of the problems of this world, we want others to come to know Him, too. Our lessons will focus upon how we must first transform into His image, how we must consider our audience and shape our message for them and how we must connect through meaningful relationships that will transform. We focus upon the “Fundamentals.”


Our series so far has focused upon how to communicate Christ to the world in which we live. It begins with our own Transformation as we strive to live as Christ-followers. Our view of the world is based upon a biblical world view that calls us to live transformed lives that are in sharp contrast to the world around us. Lifting up Jesus Christ in our words, actions, thoughts and desires becomes more central as we experience transformation into His image (Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 3:18).


Secondly, we focused upon our Audience. Based upon much of the research of George Barna at The Cultural Research Center of Arizona Christian University, we find that much of our culture has abandoned a biblical world view that is based upon the Old and New Testament Scriptures. When we Christians argue with others and each other about the specifics of our faith, the world tunes us out and writes us off without seeing our love and devotion to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This must change.


First and foremost, if we say that our purpose is to lift up Jesus Christ then we must do this.  Jesus stated clearly, “…the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life” (John 3:14-15). Note that he states here, as well as in other places (e.g., John 8:28, 12:32), that when we lift Him up, He draws others to Himself. Any approach to sharing the Gospel with others must point to Christ, first.

Our problem is that we often feel that we cannot share the gospel because we don’t like the conflict of debate, or we don’t know enough, we are not smart enough, we are not articulate enough or because we are not perfect enough.  These excuses are all focused upon ourselves and our own limitations rather than the supernatural power of God, His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit as presented in the Scriptures: i.e., the very breath of God (2 Timothy 3:16).


In today’s churches much of our focus is upon the preaching where we talk about Scripture. This places an emphasis upon the giftedness of the preacher and the application of his lessons to our lives.

What we seem to have lost is an emphasis up the Scriptures themselves beyond brief readings (often disjointed from their context). This unfortunate shift from the tradition of reading the Scriptures is a break from an ancient practice that goes all of the way back to Moses. Kings were commanded to read it “all the days of their lives” (Deuteronomy 17:18-20) and Moses commanded it to be read before the people every 7 years (Deuteronomy 31:8-13). Joshua continued this practice when the children of Israel entered the promised land (Joshua 8:33-35). This practice of reading Scripture aloud would continue (e.g., 2 Kings 22:8-23:3; Nehemiah 8:1-9:5) and was practiced in the early church (1 Timothy 4:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21).


So, we have decided to go back to the practice of God’s people of publicly reading the Scriptures much as we would in a small group. In addition, because our mission is to Lift Up Jesus Christ,   we have chosen to read through the Gospel of Luke followed by the Book of Acts.

What we are doing as we read the Scriptures about Jesus is allowing God to work through His word and through us to reach the hearts of those who would listen.   Our lives, then, become illustrations of the power of God as we live transformed lives.


      As we read together, we will pause to encourage questions about the text as we would in a small group Bible study.  Therefore, we must be careful with each other to honor and respect one another.  No question is silly or irrelevant.  Every question about the Jesus of Whom we will be reading, is important and valued. 

To help guide us in this process we are encouraging each other to live by some simple guidelines that every group should follow.  We will have copies available to hand out on Sunday mornings but you may also download a copy from the link below.


In the final section we will talk about making connections with people who want to know about Jesus. Our primary Scripture for this section will come from Luke 10:1-16.


Looking to the Cross of Jesus to be Transformed.

Join our Shepherd, Dean Wolf, as he guides us into a Bible study of the people who were transformed because they knew Jesus. Lord willing, our study will begin on Sunday, April 3 and continue through Easter Sunday, April 17.

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Transformed: The Spirit

Facebook Live Worship Service – Sunday, April 17, 2022

2 Corinthians 3:5-18 (NLT)

So far, Dean has focused upon how Jesus transformed the great men of faith: the apostles Peter and Paul.   This Easter Sunday, Dean will conclude this series to bring home for us God’s plan to transform all who gaze upon His Son with humble, obedient faith. 

As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3:18, “And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”

Transformed: Paul

Facebook Live Worship Service – Sunday, April 10, 2022 – Part 1

Facebook Live Worship Service – Sunday, April 10, 2022 – Part 2

Romans 12:1-10 (NLT)

Wherever Jesus went, people had to make decisions about Him.  Refusing to believe in His divine nature, most people presumed him to be an everyday human.  So, as a regular person, they concluded that He was a liar, making stuff up to deceive His followers.  Others thought He was a lunatic who saw Himself as a legend in His own mind.  However, for those who believed in Jesus as fully divine and fully Human they could not remain the same; they became transformed.

The Apostle Paul was one of those who was not only transformed himself by an encounter with Jesus; but, he taught others that they, too, could be transformed.  This principle is true today, as well.  Whomever comes to know Jesus cannot remain the same as they were; they begin the process of transformation into His image.

Transformed: Peter

Facebook Live Worship Service – Sunday, April 3, 2022

Dean Wolf – Transformed: Peter

Jesus transforms people into His image when they couple their faith in Him with obedience.  This is a process of growth and maturation as can be seen by men like Peter and Paul who changed over time as they walked with Christ with the aid of the Holy Spirit.  Their transformation was a process that began with Jesus’ promise of eternal life. 

Dean Wolf will be leading us through this study over the next few weeks, concluding on Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022. This lesson focuses upon Peter. The next lesson will look at the life of the apostle Paul.


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In keeping with our primary objective “to lift up Jesus Christ” we will walk through The Gospel of Mark beginning Sunday, September 12, 2021.

The opening sentence of Mark’s account is a bold announcement. It proclaims to be “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1, ESV).

The word “gospel” is literally translated as “good news.” The name “Jesus” was a common Jewish name in the first century.

However, the name “Christ” is the Greek translation of the Hebrew title, “Messiah” or “Anointed One.” He is, Mark declares, “the Son of God.” Indeed, a voice from heaven will announce this in Mark 1:11.

Any questions?

With this, the first words of Jesus appear only a few sentences later. He says, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15, ESV). Therein lies the challenge to the reader: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Messiah, The Son of God? The pages that follow will challenge us to personally answer this question, right up to the final paragraph.

Consider the following introduction to the book of Mark by The Bible Project. Lord willing, below, we will post our sermon series as each week’s lesson unfolds.

The Gospel of Mark by TheBibleProject.com


CROSS (Conclusion)

Facebook Live Post: Sunday, February 6, 2022

Mark 15:1-16:8 (ESV)

As we read through the gospel of Mark we perceive the crescendo of the gathering storm around Jesus and His disciples.

Throughout Mark’s account we see a Jesus who moves into the lives of people with authority, assurance and compassion for those who are hungry for truth, who are sick and broken and who are possessed by demons. Whether it is in the storm on the Sea of Galilee or standing in front of the poisonous stares of the religious rulers, Jesus commands authority, love, respect and so much more. “Let the Scriptures be fulfilled,” Jesus says to the mob that followed Judas to the Mount of Olives (14:49).

With our reading today, Jesus humbly, obediently, drinks the cup of suffering that he has been predicting all along. When we finally reach chapters 15 and 16, the story of Jesus reaches its climax with a cross and an empty tomb and a simple question: do you believe? And so, every time we gather to break the bread and drink the cup we cry out from our hearts, “We Believe! Thank You, Jesus!” This will be the focus of our lesson today.


Facebook Live Post: Sunday, January 30, 2022

Mark 14:26-72

Jesus had repeatedly predicted the passion events that would begin to unfold on the eve of the Passover meal. He was prepared for Peter’s denial, for Judas’s betrayal, for the desertion of all of His disciples, for His suffering at the hands of their own religious rulers, knowing that Peter would spend the night weeping over His denial of Jesus, Himself.

Knowing His fate, Jesus broke bread with Peter, Judas and His disciples with love and compassion, He spoke to His betrayer with pity, He spoke honestly to Peter, he addressed his disciples with hope and promise, He spoke to His Father with meek submission. Reaching out to His sleeping friends He gave them warning while understanding their exhaustion. Confronted by the religious rulers He spoke clearly with kingly authority, meaning and purpose. The chapter closes with Peter, a shattered man confronted by his own failure.

Each person Jesus encountered had their own cup of suffering, challenge and opportunity…and they all failed. In the end there was only One who would obediently, faithfully, drink His cup completely and stand victorious! Praise God! Thank You Jesus!

And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation….”

Revelation 5:9 (ESV)


Facebook Live Post: Sunday, January 23, 2022

Mark 14:1-26 (ESV)

At least three times Jesus predicted His impending death, burial and resurrection to His disciples (Mark 8:31; 9:30-31; 10:33-34). Each time they failed to understand and respond appropriately: Peter rebukes Jesus, the disciples are afraid to ask Him about it and James and John ask if they can sit on His right and left hand.

Finally, Mark brings us to two days before the Jewish celebration of Passover. After telling us of the religious rulers who were seeking to kill Jesus, Mark finally introduces us to a woman who had listened to what Jesus said, believed Him and took appropriate action. As Jesus is reclining for a meal with friends, a woman approaches Him with a bottle of expensive perfume known as nard. Imported from India, nard was a favorite oily, expensive perfume that was sealed in containers opened only for special occasions.

As she breaks open the vessel and pours the perfume onto His head, Jesus tells everyone, “She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial” (Mark 14:8).

I wonder, if, every once in a while—perhaps when the crown of thorns was placed upon His head or the whip was raked across His back or as He struggled for breath on the cross—He would smell the aroma left behind by the woman who did what she could for Him…and smile. Smile, yes, for her; but, also for His covenant people who would hear His words, believe in Him, and gather to remember His sacrifice for them.


Facebook Live Post: Sunday, January 16, 2022

Dean Wolf, Shepherd of Shoreline Church

Mark 13:1-37

Dean Wolf brings today’s lesson about Mark 13. This is perhaps one of the most challenging chapters in Mark’s gospel account.

In this chapter Jesus refers to the total destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple that would occur in 70 A.D. (Mark 13:1-2). Jesus also refers His second coming at the end of the age (Mark 13:26-27, 31-37).

There are parts of the chapter, however, that are difficult to distinguish between one or the other. Over almost 2,000 years of analysis of this chapter there are a number of interpretations that have been offered. So many people have been drawn into the ongoing debate, some actually predicting Jesus’ second coming in spite of His warning that “…no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows” (Mark 13:32).

This obsession holds the potential of casting a shadow over the saving message of Jesus, Himself!

With all of this, then, what is to be our focus when it comes to Jesus’ return?



Facebook Live Post: Sunday, January 9, 2022

Mark 12:13-34 (ESV)

The attacks of the religious rulers are growing as, at the same time, the crowds are now gladly listening to Jesus’ teachings, marveling (Mark 12:17, 37).  Paying taxes, the resurrection, the greatest commandments, paying lip-service to the law, and sacrificial giving are the major themes of our focus today. 

To a persecuted church where Christians would lose their property, their financial and physical security and even their very lives, Jesus speaks to truths that go beyond the things that we worry most about.  We all understand when Jesus says, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.” 

The question is, what things must we render to God that are God’s?


Facebook Live Post: Sunday, January 2, 2022

Mark 11:15-12:12

Mark 11:15-12:12 (ESV)

Even the crowds had recognized Jesus as the Messiah when he first entered Jerusalem at the beginning of the week of His passion (Mark 11:1-11). The crowds were “astonished at His teaching” after He had cleansed the temple.

For believers, these things were exactly what the Old Testament Scriptures had foretold, anchored in Jesus’ authority as the Son of God. Nonetheless, the next day, when Jesus arrived at the temple with His disciples, the religious rulers were waiting for Him. They were ready to challenge His authority to do such things. Jesus could have engaged them in conversation, reciting the scriptures once again to validate His righteous right to clean His house; but, these men were too blinded by their own prejudices and fear of the crowds.

And so, Jesus throws their own question back at them, forcing them to examine their own lack of faith and sinister schemes. The shadow of Jesus’ cross shortens to only a matter of a few more days as He condemns their plans with a parable (Mark 12:1-12).

As we each anticipate another Easter celebration, may we all spend this time examining our own hearts, stripping away our own prejudices and fears, to rejoice in the authority of Christ over our own lives.


Facebook Live Post: Sunday, December 26, 2021

The Living Parable of the Fig Tree

Mark 11:1-25 (ESV)

The incident with the fig tree comes on the heels of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. As He enters the city Jesus immediately curses the barren fig tree before He arrives at the temple. There, in the court of the Gentiles, Mark tells us that Jesus drove out the money changers and, specifically, the people who were selling pigeons.

At that point the religious rulers begin to plotting “a way to destroy” Jesus because they were afraid of Him. As Jesus and His disciples are leaving the temple, Peter observed that the fig tree had withered. Mark makes it clear that the tree had, indeed, “withered away to its roots.”

The religious rulers believed that they were the authorities on the Law of Moses which was mostly true. But, somewhere along the way their own self-interest had blinded them to their own corruption.

What warning can we take from their own self-deception today?


Facebook Live Post: Sunday, December 19, 2021

Mark 10:17-52 (NLT)

Our Shepherd, Dean Wolf, addressed the rich young ruler who fell on his knees before Jesus to ask “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” To a persecuted church this was an important question since many would lose everything…including their very lives…for the sake of the gospel. To them, in answer to Peter’s statement, Jesus proclaims: “I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life” (Mark 10:29-30).

As Jesus gives more graphic details to His coming Passion and Resurrection the disciples continue to struggle to understand, arguing among each other about power positions in the kingdom. At the close of the chapter Mark tells us of a blind man asks Jesus to be able to see.

Where our treasure lies must be evaluated in the light of the cross and the sacrifices to which Christ calls us.


Facebook Live Post: Sunday, December 12, 2021

Mark 9:30-10:16

After Jesus tells His disciples of His upcoming Passion and Resurrection Mark tells us that they were afraid to ask Him what He meant. When they finally arrive at a house in Capernaum, He pauses to ask his disciples what it is that they are talking about and they do not answer Him. It is Mark, who then tells us that they were discussing among themselves who would be the greatest.

So, Jesus tells them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35) as he calls a little boy before them and wraps His arms around him. “Whoever receives one such child in my name, Jesus says, “receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me” (Mark 9:37). Do you want to know God? You begin the journey by receiving little children in Jesus’ name. Lord willing, our Sunday morning lesson will focus upon how this is possible.


Facebook Live Post: Sunday, December 5, 2021

Mark 8:27-9:32 (ESV)

With Peter’s confession that Jesus is the Christ, Mark sharpens his gospel account to focus upon Jesus Christ as the Son of God.  Immediately, Jesus announces His coming passion and resurrection three times (Mark 8:31; 9:9-10, 30-32).  Each time we find His disciples still wondering what Jesus is talking about. 

It is in the middle of these contrasts between Jesus and His disciples that we see Moses and Elijah talking to Jesus and hear the voice of God announcing “This is my beloved Son” and commanding them to “listen to him” (Mark 9:7). 

As Jesus, Peter, James and John approach the other disciples they find them arguing with the religious rulers about a demon that had refused to leave a little boy.  As we look at the statements made by the disciples and the father of the child we realize that they still do not understand what went wrong.  So, Jesus rebukes them for their faithlessness, challenges the father to believe and casts out the demon from his son.  “Why could we not cast it out?” the disciples ask Jesus.  His simple response to them reveals a truth that we all must grasp as followers of Christ.  The power to do great things in God’s kingdom does not rest in us or the words we use.  The power to do great things in God’s kingdom comes through resting in our God through prayer.


Facebook Live Post: Sunday, November 28, 2021


At the heart of our lesson today is Peter’s confession: “You are the Christ!” In spite of the truth of this statement, based upon everything that Jesus had said and done, he did not yet fully grasp God’s plan. And so, with Peter’s confession, Jesus begins to teach the disciples about His coming passion. Even after Jesus’ crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection they would still struggle with their pre-conceived ideas about the Warrior Messiah (Acts 1:6-8).

Not until Jesus would send the Holy Spirit to them on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2), would they more finally comprehend what Jesus had accomplished and what Jesus would demand of His followers.


Facebook Live Post: Sunday, November 21, 2021 – Part 1

Facebook Live Post: Sunday, November 21, 2021 – Part 2

Below is video with Parts 1 and 2 combined.

“Bread” – Dean Wolf – Mark 8

This chapter includes the ‘hinge’ of Mark’s gospel where Peter declares “You are the Christ.” His confession concludes the first assertion of Mark in chapter 1, verse 1: “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ…” and begins the second half of the verse, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”

In today’s reading Jesus “sighed deeply in His spirit” over the Pharisees and scolds the disciples for their lack of understanding. Strategically, before Peter’s confession, Mark tells of the incident where Jesus heals the blindness of a man with two touches. After the first touch the man reports seeing people but that they look “like trees, walking.” After the second touch, he sees clearly.

So it is with His disciples. They see but they do not yet understand; yet, there will come a time when they will see clearly and understand fully.


Facebook Live Post: Sunday, November 14, 2021

“Brokenness” – Sunday, November 14, 2021

Mark 7

In this chapter, Jesus confronts the Pharisees by pointing out their hypocrisy. How can a person uphold the law on the one hand and, on the other hand, manufacture loopholes to get around it? The answer is clear: their heart is corrupted.

In contrast, he is approached by a non-Jew who had a demon-possessed daughter. She knows that Jesus’ mission is to the Jews, which He makes clear to her, yet, falling at Jesus’ feet, she persists, pleading with Him to heal her little one. “…even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs,” she implores.

“Dogs” was the name many Jews attached to Gentiles and she assumes the role of one who does not deserve His favor. What a dramatic contrast to the hubris of the Jewish leaders! It should come as no surprise, then, that Jesus would go back into the Decapolis (a Greek/Roman area) where he had encountered Legion (Mark 5:1-20) to heal a deaf and mute man. The people there, who had asked Jesus to leave before, now flock to Him, “zealously.”


Facebook Live Post: Sunday, November 7, 2021

Mark 6:7-56

The coming storms are gathering as Jesus sends out the twelve, two-by-two, to preach repentance to the people of Israel. John the Baptist is beheaded and the disciples return to Jesus, hungry and exhausted. Jesus invites them to get in the boat and to go to a desolate place where they can rest for a while.

But, the crowds rush around the northern side of the Sea of Galilee and meet Jesus and His disciples on the other side. This is the occasion of the feeding of the 5,000 that is the singular event (besides the crucifixion) that is reported in all four of our Gospels (Matthew 14:13-33; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-21).

The crowds are convinced that Jesus is the warrior Messiah who will finally throw off the yoke of the Romans and rule the world. Immediately, Jesus sends the disciples back to the boat and sends them to the other side while He dismisses the crowd and goes up the mountain to pray, alone. From that lookout point, he sees the disciples caught in another windstorm so He walks past them, on the water. Crying out in terror, Jesus identifies Himself to them, gets into the boat and the storm stops.

Mark tells us that that they are astounded by Jesus’ power, once again, but that their hearts are hardened because they still do not understand. Nonetheless, when they arrive at the other side of the Sea, Jesus continues to heal the sick.

Jesus, as Messiah, refuses to conform to the image we make for Him according to our desires. We must conform our lives to His!


Facebook Live Post: Sunday, October 31, 2021

Mark 4:35-6:6

Jesus and His disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee to the eastern side. This area was known as the Decapolis (“10 Cities) that was dominated by pagan Gentiles. So far, they had not yet been impacted by Jesus’ teaching about the kingdom. As they were crossing the Sea, a sudden windstorm threatened to sink their boat while Jesus slept at the stern. Panicked, the disciples woke Jesus and asked Him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” After calming the storm Jesus asked His disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”

In today’s lesson (Mark 4:35-6:6) we begin by asking how the disciples might have acted if they had the faith that Jesus questioned them about. How might they have behaved if they had acted in faith instead of fear? Lord willing, we will look at several people who encountered Jesus beginning with His disciples to a demon possessed man and the people from the Decapolis; to a ruler at a local synagogue and his family; to a woman hemorrhaging blood; and, finally, to the people of His own hometown who did not believe.


Facebook Live Post: Sunday, October 24, 2021

Mark 3:14-4:34

Our study will focus upon Mark 3:14-4:34 where Mark shifts his focus to the disciples as Jesus sends them out to preach about the kingdom and to grant them the authority to cast out demons. As usual, large crowds are following Jesus and the parable about the seed of the gospel and the different soils describe his audience, including a group of listeners that have gathered around Jesus and his 12 disciples.

The disciples are present when Jesus’ family wonders if Jesus has “lost His mind”, when the scribes accuse Jesus of being demon possessed, when Jesus redefines His family, and when He teaches them about the kingdom using parables. Jesus only takes the time to explain the parables to His disciples.

Key verses in this section ask a simple question: Are you listening? (Mark 4:24-25). For those who are listening and applying Jesus’ teachings to their lives, more insights and understandings are promised. For the casual listeners, however, they risk losing it all. Remember Jesus’ words at the beginning of His ministry: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).


Facebook Live Post: Sunday, October 17, 2021

Mark 2:1-3:12

After Jesus calls Peter, Andrew, James and John to follow Him, Mark tells us about the authority of Christ to speak for God, to command the demons, to heal the sick and to forgive sin.  At the beginning of this section in Mark 2:13-3:12, Jesus Calls Matthew and he follows Jesus, too. 

In chapter 2 Mark introduces us to the Pharisees who question his authority to forgive sin, to eat with sinners, and to exempt Himself from their religious practices.  These practices included eating with sinners, fasting, gleaning grain on the Sabbath, and healing on the Sabbath. Jesus grieves over the hardness of heart of the religious rulers and they, in turn, begin forming alliances to destroy Jesus. 

The point of Jesus’ wineskins illustration is that the kingdom of God will not be limited by the religious rulers’ rituals and practices. In contrast to the religious rulers, the kingdom of God is about meeting the needs of people who bear the very image of God.  It is these people who flock to Jesus from everywhere, from south of Jerusalem to the north of Galilee.  He has become so popular that He has the disciples prepare a boat in the water to relieve Him from the crush of the crowds (Mark 3:9-10).


Facebook Live Post: Sunday, October 10, 2021

“Authority” – Part 2 – Dean Wolf

Today’s Scripture concludes our study on Jesus’ authority.  This section begins with the calling of Peter, Andrew, James and John in Mark 1:16-20 and concludes with the calling of Matthew in Mark 2:13-14.  In last week’s study Mark tells us that Jesus has the Authority of Privilege because He, Himself, accurately speaks the words of God.  Jesus did not seek the approval of the religious rulers (the ‘authorities’ of the day) before He spoke.  Mark also shows us Jesus’ Authority of Power over the spiritual realm (casting out and silencing the demons) and the physical realm (healing the sick and diseased). 

In today’s lesson the religious rulers correctly state that only God can forgive sin (Mark 2:7).  And so, Jesus tells them, ”But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home” (Mark 2:10-11).  Mark tells us that Jesus said this based upon the faith of the ones who brought the paralytic to Him to be healed (verse 5). 

It is worth noting that the paralytic would have been powerless to see Jesus without his friends and that he allowed them to bring him before Jesus’ Authority to both be healed and to find forgiveness.  We conclude that Jesus extends His authority to the hearts of those who will believe in Him and His Authority to speak for God with Power.


Facebook Live Post: Sunday, October 3, 2021

Jesus announces His message and selects his disciples (Mark 1:14-20). Then, in the following verses (Mark 1:21-45), Jesus begins teaching, healing and casting out demons “with authority” the crowd says.

His authority comes from God revealing His privilege. He spoke God’s word and did not need to check with the authorities of the day.

His authority comes from God revealing His power over the spiritual and physical worlds. He cast out demons from the possessed and healed the sick.

Although the crowds would gather He did not linger to enjoy their accolades. Rather, He continued His mission to teach about His Father’s kingdom to all.


Facebook Live Post: Sunday, September 26, 2021

The first chapter of Mark’s gospel account of Jesus is so important to understanding the rest of the book. His bold, opening statement is “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” Indeed, all of the Biblical story has been pointing to this time, this man, Jesus, Messiah, the Son of God.

With this, we find Jesus immediately going by the Sea of Galilee to call his first disciples telling them to “Follow Me” which they did, of course, “immediately.” In the first chapter of Mark, we the readers are immediately challenged: Do you believe?


Facebook Live Post: Sunday, September 19, 2021

Working out of John 4:1-14, our shepherd, Dean Wolf, discusses the importance of making Jesus and His story the central focus of our own stories.

MARK: Introduction

Facebook Live Post: Sunday, September 12, 2021

The opening sentence of Mark’s account is a bold announcement. It proclaims to be “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1, ESV).

The word “gospel” is literally translated as “good news.” The name “Jesus” was a common Jewish name in the first century.

However, the name “Christ” is the Greek translation of the Hebrew title, “Messiah” or “Anointed One.” He is, Mark declares, “the Son of God.” Indeed, a voice from heaven will announce this in Mark 1:11.

With this, the first words of Jesus appear only a few sentences later. He says, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15, ESV). Therein lies the challenge to the reader: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Messiah, The Son of God?

The pages that follow will challenge us to personally answer this question, right up to the final paragraph of the book.

It’s All About Jesus!

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 by Dean Wolf

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Christians have differing opinions about many things. But, to be called ‘Christian’ means that a single conviction is common to all: Jesus is Lord! For this to be true, however, means that we do more than pay lip service to this truth; but, that we allow Him to change us day-by-day to be more like Him in every aspect of our lives. This is the truth by which we live. This is the message that we share with the world: Jesus is Lord!

It’s All About Jesus – Dean Wolf