Everyone that hears these words of mine and does them shall be likened to a wise man who built his house upon the rock.”


The Kingdom of God – (Disciples are called to a radically different political reality)

His Absolute Authority – (At the conclusion of his “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus vested his words with ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY – Matthew 7:21-28 )

Greatness in the Kingdom of God – (Mark 10:35-45Jesus taught that to be a true member of the kingdom of God necessitates a life of self-sacrificial service to others, not power over them)

Whosoever will Follow Me – (After Jesus healed a blind man, for a fleeting moment, the eyes of Peter and the disciples were opened to “see” just who he was – Mark 8:27-38)

The Cost and Meaning of Discipleship – (Mark 9:30-37To be the Messiah means suffering and death for others. To be his disciple means self-sacrificial service to the weak and insignificant)

Persecution and Disciples – (To suffer for Jesus is the greatest honor before God for a Christian)

Jesus Refused Political Power – (His messiahship is not based on the coercive political powers of this age. Jesus, thereby, refused to render homage to Satan)

Jesus and Jewish Tradition – (Mark 2:1-3:6 – Five incidents where Jesus was opposed by Jewish religious leaders when he deviated from their traditions )

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Unpardonable Sin – (Mark 3:22-35 – A line is crossed when what God’s Spirit is doing in Jesus is attributed to Satan))

The Cost of Discipleship (Mark 6:7-30To be a disciple means to take up one’s cross daily and to follow in his steps wherever they lead)

Jesus Confronts Added Human Traditions – (Mark 7:1-23Jesus confronts the traditions added to the Law of Moses by the “elders”)

Jesus and Food Purity Laws – (Mark 7:1 – Christ’s teachings undermine the religious logic behind dietary regulations)

Parable of the Sower – (Jesus is sowing the “seed” of the gospel in the world where it grows unseen until the final harvest)

Kingdom Parables – (His parables taught how the Kingdom is progressing in the world in unexpected ways)

No man knows the day or the hour except the Father alone.”


Fruitless Temple – (The barren fig tree symbolized the fruitlessness of the Temple)

The Temple is Judged – (Departing the Temple, Jesus pronounced its impending desolation)

The Temple Setting of the Olivet Discourse – (Mark 12:41-44The Olivet Discourse was given at the end of the public ministry of Jesus after his final departure from the Temple and several days of growing conflict with the Temple authorities)

The Geographic Scope of the Olivet Discourse – (The Olivet Discourse describes events set in two different geographic settings – regional and universal)

Deceivers, Tumults, Opposition – (Mark 13:5-13The Olivet Discourse opens with warnings about coming deceivers who will deceive many with false expectations about the end of the age)

Wars and Rumors of War – Signs of the End? – (Matthew 24:4-8Jesus warned his disciples not to heed claims by deceivers who pointed to manmade and natural catastrophes as “signs” of the end)

Three Repeated Warnings of Jesus from his Olivet Discourse (Three specific warnings to disciples are repeated by Jesus in his Olivet Discourse to help them avoid deception)

The Abomination of Desolation – (Matthew 24:15When disciples see the “abomination of desolation standing where it ought not,” they are to flee the vicinity of Jerusalem)

Coming on the Clouds of Heaven – (Mark 13:21-27The whole earth will witness the “Son of Man” arriving on the clouds to gather his “elect”)

The Budding Fig Tree – (The parable of the budding fig tree pointed to the events leading up to the destruction of the Temple – Mark 13:28-29)

“This Generation” in the Olivet Discourse – (Matthew 24:33-34Biblical usage of “this generation” consistently applies the phrase to the generation that was alive at the time it was uttered)

The “Days of Noah” – Normalcy or Chaos? – (Does the analogy by Jesus to the “days of Noah” forecast a time of chaos or normalcy?)

The Key Sign of the End of the Age – (Matthew 24:14The present age will not reach its consummation until the Gospel is preached to all nations)

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