Tracking with Jesus – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week, Pastor Deric resumes the series “The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World” with a message titled ‘Tracking with Jesus’ based on Mark 5:21-43.

  1.  Jesus is accessible to a crushing crowd (v. 21,24) 
  2.  Jesus is approachable to a ruler of a synagogue (v. 22-24)  
  3.  Jesus is responsive to an unwell, unclean woman (v. 25-34)
  4.  Jesus is focused with the disciples (v. 37)
  5.  Jesus is unmoved by the mockery of unbelief (v. 40)
  6. Jesus is new life to all who believe in Him (v. 41- 42)

What is a problem you have that might be entirely unique to you?

1.Mark recorded three stories in rapid succession in which three people fell before Jesus [Mark 5:6, 22, 33]. What does this action indicate about these three individuals? What does it indicate about Jesus [cf. Esther 8:3; Luke 5:8-10; and Revelation 1:17-18]?

2.All parents experience a sense of panic and powerlessness when their children are gravely ill. Jairus suffered anguish while his beloved daughter suffered illness [Mark 5:23]. What is noteworthy about this father’s approach to Jesus? And what does it say about Jesus that He went with him [Mark 5:24]? Consider also Psalm 103:8-14; Matthew 15:29-32; and Hebrews 4:15-16.

3.After reading the description of the hemorrhaging woman’s plight in Mark 5:25-26, what do you suspect was her mental and emotional state? Why do you think she attempted to touch Jesus’ garments undetected [Mark 5:27-28]? Look up Leviticus 15:25-27; Matthew 14:35-36; and Luke 8:43-44 for more clues.

4.Why do you think Jesus asked, “Who touched my garments?” in Mark 5:30? What was His purpose in calling out the distressed woman [Mark 5:33-34]? Consult also Luke 17:15-19; Luke 18:35-43; and Luke 19:37-38.

5.While pondering the story in Mark 5:35-43, how do Jesus’ words recorded in Mark 5:36 and 39 break the seeming inevitability and finality of death [cf. Mark 9:23; John 5:25-29; John 11:11-15; and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18]?

6.Note the contrast between Jesus’ words and everyone else’s in Mark 5:35-43. What is the difference? How does this encourage you to take Jesus’ words to heart, “Do not fear, only believe” [cf. Matthew 8:13; John 11:25-26; and John 14:1-7]?

7.What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“Affliction brings out graces that cannot be seen in a time of health. It is the treading of the grapes that brings out the sweet juices of the vine; so it is affliction that draws forth submission, weanedness from the world, and complete rest in God. Use afflictions while you have them.” (Robert Murray McCheyne)