John Mark Comer Teachings

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The teachings of Jesus lead us to a better, fuller life. This was true in the ancient world where Jesus first taught, and it’s still true today. But what does it mean to actually practice the way of Jesus in today’s complex, secular world? In this podcast by Practicing the Way, John Mark Comer responds to that important question through his teachings at Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon. Join us as John Mark provides practical insight on how you can be with Jesus, become like Him and do what He did wherever you are today.

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Elijah and the Broom Bush | Silence and Solitude E2
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Why is it so difficult for us to be alone with God? Many believers struggle to practice silence and solitude, and others outright avoid it. This practice often evokes discomfort because it forces us to address the hard emotions we'd often like to ignore, whether it's loneliness, anxiety, or fear. This week, John Mark discusses these issues. Through the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19, we find that this is a common experience, and we also find a roadmap for how to deal with our emotions with God in a healthy way. 


Key scripture passages: 1 Kings 19:1-21


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Jan 21, 2022
Jesus and the Lonely Place | Silence and Solitude E1
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Do you ever feel like your life is too busy, your schedule is too jammed, and your soul is overly hurried? You aren't alone: our culture is constantly pressing us to move at unsustainable speeds. So how do we "unhurry" our souls? Is there a practice from the way of Jesus, a time-tested way of living, that would set us up to thrive right in the middle of all the chaos of modern society? In this teaching, John Mark introduces the practice of Silence and Solitude as the answer to a world filled with distractions. Through the Scriptures, John Mark shows how even Jesus incorporated this into his routine and why this practice is often considered the most essential of them all. He concludes with practical ways to implement silence and solitude while taking into consideration your stage of life and discipleship. 


Key Scripture Passages: Matthew 3:13-4:4; Mark 1:35-39; Mark 6:30-46; Luke 5:15-16


Recommended resources: 

Invitation to Silence and Solitude by Ruth Haley Barton

The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard

Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster


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Jan 14, 2022
Hurry: The Great Enemy of Spiritual Life | Practicing the Way Vision Series E10
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"If you want to experience the life of Jesus, you have to adopt the lifestyle of Jesus."


In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus offers a new yoke to his disciples. In this message, John Mark breaks down what it means to pick up the yoke of Jesus and adopt His lifestyle: taking up the easy yoke of Jesus means that we need to slow down. In light of this, John Mark explains how hurry is opposed to the way that Jesus walked and to our spiritual growth, then challenges us to be creative and disciplined in how we "unhurry" our lives. 


Key Scripture Passages: Matthew 11:28-30; Luke 10:41-42 


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Jan 07, 2022
The Cross: Self-Denial in an Age of Self-Fulfillment | Practicing the Way Vision Series E9
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In Luke 9:23, Jesus tells His disciples "if anyone wishes to come follow Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me." In this episode, John Mark unpacks this Scripture, telling us that the cost of discipleship is to die to ourselves every day. Self-denial is not only challenging; it also runs against the prevailing cultural winds of self-fulfillment. But by overcoming our personal obstacles to discipleship and dying to ourselves, we can step into the abundant life that Jesus promises for His followers.


Key Scripture Passages: Luke 9:18-24; Galatians 5:16-24; Luke 9:57-62; Luke 14:25-33; Luke 18:18-23; Matthew 13:44


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Dec 31, 2021
How We Change: The Holy Spirit | Practicing the Way Vision Series E8
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Without the Holy Spirit, we will never be transformed to the degree we ache for and realize our full potential because willpower isn’t enough. This week, John Mark shows us the role the Holy Spirit plays in our transformation and the importance of partnering with Him in our apprenticeship to Jesus. Through this teaching, we learn about the person of the Holy Spirit and how walking by the Spirit brings the fruit that we long to see in our lives.


Key Scripture Passages: 2 Corinthians 3; Exodus 34:29-35; John 15:5; Galatians 5:22-25; Romans 6:13


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Dec 24, 2021
How We Change: Community | Practicing the Way Vision Series E7
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Community is non-optional for disciples of Jesus. But in our modern world, it is easy to mistake our connectivity with community. In this teaching, John Mark communicates the importance of community and how we, as disciples of Jesus, are called to live life with others. But community is more than a command: it is the context where we are transformed, exposing what’s actually inside of us and encouraging us in our walk with God. John Mark finishes by giving practical guidance on how to practice community and a testimony of how God can use community to reveal His calling on our lives.


Key Scripture Passages: Matthew 4:18-22; Matthew 9:9-13; Matthew 10:1-5; Matthew 20:20-28; Acts 2:42-47; Acts 4:32-35; Acts 5:1-6


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Dec 17, 2021
How We Change: Key Thoughts on Practice | Practicing the Way Vision Series E6
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We know practicing the way of Jesus is important, but what exactly do we practice? In this teaching, John Mark drills down on the what and the how behind the practices of Jesus, drawing on the wisdom of the spiritual disciplines. The practices of Jesus, John Mark tells us, are ways to help us live out the lifestyle of Jesus. By “training hard” we can make it easier to be forgiving, kind, patient, loving, joyful, and more. But the disciplines go beyond that as they help shape our “loves” and orient our hearts toward God. John Mark finishes by showing that the disciplines should be practiced in community, shaped by who we are, and relevant to our stage of life.


Key Scripture Passages: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Acts 20: 24; Galatians 5:7; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:6-8


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Dec 10, 2021
How We Change: Teaching and Practice | Practicing the Way Vision Series E5
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How do we transform our lives to be like Jesus? In this mini-series, How We Change, John Mark lays out how transformation into the image of Jesus takes place: through teaching, practice, community, and the Holy Spirit. This first teaching focuses on teaching and practice. John Mark shows that teaching is meant to counter the stories we believe about our lives. Practice, on the other hand, is to counter our habits. And together, they recalibrate the loves of our hearts towards God.


Key Scripture Passages: Mark 1:14-15; Matthew 7:24-27; Romans 12:1-3; 2 Corinthians 2:16; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Colossians 3:3; Philippians 3:5


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Dec 03, 2021
Do What Jesus Did | Practicing the Way Vision Series E4
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The end goal of our apprenticeship to Jesus is to do what He did. In this teaching, John Mark gives the historical background of discipleship and shows through the scriptures that Jesus’s intention was for His disciples to become like Him all along. By sharing some of his best practices, such as identifying your stage of discipleship, finding community, and starting with the basics, John Mark challenges us to live in the moment and become the embodiment of Jesus to the world.


Key Scripture Passages: Matthew 4:18-25; Matthew 8:18-22; Matthew 9:9-13; Matthew 9:35-10:8; Matthew 28:16-20; 1 Peter 2:11-12; Luke 19:10; Luke 7:34-35; Romans 12


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Nov 26, 2021
Become Like Jesus | Practicing the Way Vision Series E3
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“Who are you becoming?”


Are we conforming to the world, or being transformed to become like Jesus? In this next installment of the Practicing the Way vision series, John Mark discusses the call of Jesus for His students to become like their master, as well as how teaching, practice, community, and the Holy Spirit combine to help us practice and live the way of Jesus.


Key Scripture Passages: Luke 6:39-40; 2 Corinthians 3:18, Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 5-7; Galatians 5;13-26;


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Nov 19, 2021
Be With Jesus | Practicing the Way Vision Series E2
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How do we abide? It seems straightforward, but we often struggle to put it into practice. This week, John Mark tackles this problem as we continue in the Practicing the Way vision series. In this episode, John Mark teaches about the importance of spending time with Jesus. Using key scriptures and church history examples to give a tangible vision of how to “practice the presence of God,” John Mark shows that through abiding, we have access to the peace and joy that Jesus promised as we adopt the spiritual disciplines that Jesus exemplified.


Key Scripture Passages: John 1:35-49; John 14:16-15:8; Galatians 5:13-26


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Nov 12, 2021
Practicing the Way | Practicing the Way Vision Series E1
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Have you ever wanted to have the abundant life of Jesus? In this new series, John Mark outlines the what, how, and why behind Practicing the Way. For the first episode, John Mark outlines the cultural context behind Jesus's identity as a first-century rabbi, and what that means for us as His followers as we practice being with Jesus, becoming like Jesus, and doing what Jesus did.


Key Scripture Passages: Mark 8:34-36; Mark 1:16-20; Mark 2:13-14; Mark 3:13-14; John 15:1-8; Matthew 5-7


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Nov 05, 2021