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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Episode Date
The Truth About Lies: Part 1 | Fighting the World, the Flesh, and the Devil E1
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What is the truth? The modern, secular world laughs off the idea of the devil as a relic from the pre-scientific age. But for Jesus, there is an invisible but intelligent evil at work in the world, but his primary strategy isn’t what most of us expect. It’s lies. Fighting the devil is first and foremost about the war to believe truth over lies.


Key Scripture Passages: John 8:31-47; John 18:36-38


You can find various resources for this practice here: https://practicingtheway.org/practices/fighting


Other Resources:

Renovation of the Heart, Dallas Willard

The Truth About Lies and Lies About The Truth, David Takle

The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis

Jul 01, 2022
How the Meal Became the Mass: Part 2 | Eating and Drinking E7
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The practice of communion has changed throughout church history. In part two of this teaching, John Mark continues to discuss the the many names for this practice and its use over the centuries. He leaves us with a challenge to press into community even when it's mundane and messy.


Key Scripture Passages: 1 Corinthians 11:20-34


You can find various resources for this practice here: https://practicingtheway.org/practices/eating-drinking


Other Resources:

Come to the Table by John Mark Hicks

Jun 24, 2022
How the Meal Became the Mass: Part 1 | Eating and Drinking E6
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What is communion, really? The practice of eating with God, or the Lord's Supper, shows up throughout the New Testament. In part one of this teaching, John Mark breaks down the many names for this practice and its use in the Scriptures and throughout church history to give us a better understanding of the essence of this practice.


Key Scripture Passages: Luke 22:7-30; Acts 2:42; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:20-34;


You can find various resources for this practice here: https://practicingtheway.org/practices/eating-drinking


Other resources:

The Meal Jesus Gave Us by NT Wright

Seven Practices for the Church on Mission by David Fitch

Jun 17, 2022
How to Become the Happiest Person Alive: Part 2 | Eating and Drinking E5
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In a culture that focuses on the negatives, how do we stand apart and live with joy? In part two of this teaching, John Mark talks about how to practice joy in our day-to-day lives and how the practice of eating and drinking together is one of the best ways to go about living a happy life.


Key Scripture Passages: Philippians 4:4-9


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Jun 10, 2022
How to Become the Happiest Person Alive: Part 1 | Eating and Drinking E4
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Can Jesus show us how to be happy? In part one of this teaching, John Mark teaches about God's joyful nature and how that reality can give us wisdom to improve our everyday emotional health.


Key Scripture Passages: Hebrews 1:9; Psalm 45:7; John 2:1-11; John 15:11; John 16:24; John 17:13


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Jun 03, 2022
Church Around a Table | Eating and Drinking E3
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What does hospitality in the church have to do with architecture? John Mark explores the story of this practice in Church history: throughout the New Testament, we see followers of Jesus gathering in homes around a table and a meal. But as the church changed, so did their meeting place, which impacted the practice of eating and drinking in fellowship. John Mark encourages us to recapture this practice of breaking bread together and gives us practical ways to get started.


Key Scripture Passages: John 13:1-17; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 16:3-5; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 1-2; Galatians 6:9


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Other resources: From Tablet to Table, Leonard Sweet

Community and Growth, Jean Vanier


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May 27, 2022
Neighboring | Eating and Drinking E2
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What if, when Jesus said love your neighbor as yourself, he meant your actual neighbor? John Mark teaches on Jesus's command to love our neighbors as ourselves and the parable of the Good Samaritan. Then he explains the history of hospitality and finishes by walking through exercises to help us begin our journey with this practice.


Key Scripture Passages: Luke 10:25-37


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Other resources: The Gospel Comes with a House Key, Rosaria Butterfield


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May 20, 2022
Radically Ordinary Hospitality | Eating and Drinking E1
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How can we practically love others and reach the lost in a post-Christian culture? In this teaching, John Mark looks at Jesus's habit of eating and drinking with the societal outcasts of his culture through the Gospel of Luke. Then he explores the biblical commands to practice hospitality in the New Testament letters. Finally, John Mark gives practical and spiritual guidance for how we can apply this practice to love and build relationships with the lost.


Key Scripture Passages: Luke 19:1-10; Luke 7:33-50; Romans 12:13; 1 Peter 4:8-10; Hebrews 13:1-2


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Other recommended resources: The Gospel Comes with a House Key, Rosaria Butterfield


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May 13, 2022
Transform or Transmit | Forgiving As We Have Been Forgiven E1
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"The question isn't, 'How do you get through life without being hurt?' Not gonna happen. The question is, 'When you are hurt, how do you deal with it?'"

When we forgive, we first need to release the person who hurt us. But our journey doesn’t end there. We also need to learn to forgive ourselves, the unfairness of life, and finally, learn to release the feelings of anger that we have toward God. This week, John Mark challenges us to address our hurt and provides guidance for us to walk in forgiveness.


Key Scripture Passages: Matthew 18:21-35; Luke 23:32-34; Ephesians 4:30-32


You can find various resources for this practice here: practicingtheway.org/practices/forgiving


Other recommended resources: Sacred Fire, Ronald Rolheiser


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May 06, 2022
To Pray | Fasting E2
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Do you ever feel stuck in prayer? As if there is a wall between you and heaven? In this teaching, John Mark shows us different ways that fasting can be used in combination with prayer. Using examples from the Scriptures, he shows us five different ways that people fast and pray: to repent, to grieve, to cry out to God in a crisis, to ask God to relent, and to know God's mind when making decisions. John Mark concludes by reminding us that this practice, like all the practices, is about building our relationship with God, and encourages us to keep pressing in even when it's hard.


Key Scripture Passages: Acts 13:1; 1 Samuel 7:3-6; 1 Kings 21:27-28; Leviticus 23:26-32; 1 Samuel 31:11-13; Nehemiah 1:2-4; 2 Chronicles 20:1-12; Jonah 3:1-10; Joel 2:12-14


You can find various resources for this practice here: practicingtheway.org/practices/fasting


Other Resources:

God's Chosen Fast by Arthur Wallis

Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman


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Apr 29, 2022
To Starve the Flesh and Feed the Spirit | Fasting E1
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Why should you fast? In modern society, fasting as a spiritual practice is almost unheard of, even among Christians. So why does Jesus assume that his followers will fast? (Matthew 6:16-18; 9:15-16). In this teaching, John Mark discusses the what and the why behind fasting. First, he shows that fasting helps us break free from "slavery" to food, feeds our flesh and starves the spirit, and allows us to "pray" with our bodies. Then he outlines what fasting is and what it isn't and what that means for us as we press into this practice from the way of Jesus.


Key Scripture Passages: Genesis 2:4-7; Genesis 3:1-6; Matthew 4:1-4; John 4:7-30; Matthew 6:16-18; Galatians 5:13-25


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Apr 22, 2022
Dreams: Different, Harder, Longer, Better | Discovering Your Identity and Calling E6
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Our God-given dreams are how God leads us and guides us into our identity and calling, to be who God made us, and to do what God made us to do. But dreams can be difficult to live with because there is always a gap between the dream and its fulfillment. In this teaching, John Mark lays out a theology of biblical dreams by exploring the story of Joseph. Through it, John Mark shows that God's fulfillment of our dreams is different, harder, longer, but also better than we can imagine. By remaining faithful to how God is calling us to live in the here and now, we can live with boldness and conviction in the identity and calling that God has for us.


Key Scripture Passages: Genesis 37:2 - Genesis 45:8; Philippians 4:11-13


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Apr 15, 2022
How We Change: Intentional Spiritual Formation | Discovering Your Identity and Calling E5
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We are all being formed into someone. For us, as apprentices of Jesus, how do we become more like Him? In this teaching, John Mark tells us that our apprenticeship to Jesus needs to be stronger than the stories we believe, our habits, our relationships, and our environment. Then he lays out how teaching, practice, community, and the Holy Spirit can help us counter these influences. John Mark closes by equipping us with tools and practices to help us be intentional in our spiritual formation with the goal of becoming more like Jesus. 


Key Scripture Passages: Luke 6:39-40; Romans 12:2; Matthew 5-7


References Readings:

Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

The Cost of Discipleship by Diedrich Bonhoeffer


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Apr 08, 2022
How We Change: Unintentional Spiritual Formation | Discovering Your Identity and Calling E4
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We are all being shaped. The question is, what is shaping you? This week, John Mark challenges us with this question as he unpacks how our beliefs, habits, relationships, and experiences all shape the person that we are. Rather than passively let these influences shape us, we are called, as apprentices of Jesus, to be intentional with our beliefs, habits, relationships, and experiences as we seek to curate our lives to grow in our love for Jesus.


Key Scripture Passages: Ephesians 4:1-24; Galatians 4:19; Proverbs 4:23


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Apr 01, 2022
Calling: The Inward Journey | Discovering Your Identity and Calling E3
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In the journey to discover your identity and calling, a transformation from who you are now to who you are becoming in Christ needs to take place. During that "inward journey," you have to come face-to-face with your sin. In this teaching, John Mark gives insight into how to navigate this journey. First, he walks us through the "layers of sin" and shows us how to address our sins at their roots. Then, he equips us with some tools to help us face our sin, including a short teaching on the Enneagram. And finally, John Mark reminds us that we can't do it on our own: we need the salvation that only Jesus can offer. 


Key Scripture Passages: Matthew 4:18-22; Matthew 9:9-13


You can find various resources for this practice here: https://practicingtheway.org/practices/identity-and-calling


Other recommended resources:

The Road Back to You by Suzanne Collins

Invitation to a Journey by Robert Mulholland

The Road to Character by David Brooks

enneagraminstitute.com


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Mar 25, 2022
Identity | Discovering Your Identity and Calling E2
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Who am I? Somewhere in our hearts, we all are seeking the answer to this question, trying to find security and worth. In this teaching, John Mark teaches us about who the Bible says we are. Jesus found his identity from Heaven, but we often find our identities from earthly things: in what we do, what we have, what we want, or even what others think about us. But the Bible says that not only is our identity rooted in Jesus and what He did on the Cross, but it is also rooted in our future with Him, rather than our past or present reality. John Mark closes by exhorting us to "live in a manner worthy of calling with which we have been called," and to embrace the fullness of God's identity and calling on our lives.


Key Scripture Passages: Matthew 3:13-17; Ephesians 1:1-15; Ephesians 4:1-3


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Mar 18, 2022
The Journey | Discovering Your Identity and Calling E1
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Discovering our identity and calling is one of the key tasks of apprenticeship to Jesus because what we believe about our identity and calling has ramifications for who we become and what we do with our lives. And while the journey of discovery can be scary and difficult, the Scriptures and millennia of Christian tradition show us that it is essential. In this teaching, John Mark lays out the biblical basis for the practice of discovering our identity and calling. Then he explains what this journey is like by breaking down its stages. Finally, he offers resources to help in our journey and encourages us to embrace the process with community and the Holy Spirit.


Key Scripture Passages: Matthew 3:13-4:11; John 1:20-28; Matthew 16:13-20


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Mar 11, 2022
Fixed-Hour Prayer | Prayer E4
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We are all called to spend our lives abiding (John 15:4). Paul called it "praying without ceasing;" Brother Lawrence called it “practicing the presence of God." Jesus claimed that there is a strong connection between abiding and joy. In this teaching, John Mark gives us key insights to practicing this joy-filled lifestyle. First, John Mark challenges us to slow down, open our lives to the flow of the spirit, and practice the presence of God. Then he shows how the practice of fixed-hour prayer can be an effective tool to unlock this lifestyle. By pressing into the discipline of fixed-hour prayer, we can open our hearts to the joy and peace that Jesus promises. 


Key Scripture Passages: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Daniel 6:1-28


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Mar 04, 2022
Unanswered Prayer | Prayer E3
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What do you do when your prayers are not answered? In Jesus' teaching to His disciples in John 14-17, He tells them three times that whatever they ask for in His name will be done. So how do we make sense of Jesus’ promise to answer prayer with the reality that we all have unanswered prayers? In this teaching, John Mark goes through the various types and reasons for unanswered prayer in the Bible and explains how "laments" in the Psalms can serve as an example for how to bring our unanswered prayers to God. 


Key Scripture Passages: John 14:12-13; John 15:7,16-17; John 16:23-24; Daniel 10; Matthew 21:21-22; Luke 18:1-8; Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 58:6-12; Psalm 13


You can find various resources for this practice here: https://practicingtheway.org/practices/prayer


Other Resources: God on Mute by Peter Greig


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Feb 25, 2022
Intercessory Prayer | Prayer E2
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Last week, John Mark walked us through Jesus teaching us how to pray. This week, we learn why we pray. In this teaching, John Mark covers Jesus' teaching and parable on prayer in Luke 11 to show that Jesus sees prayer differently. He believes that prayer is a way to collaborate with God to create good in the world. John Mark also challenges our preconceptions of prayer by talking through Jesus' command to ask with shameless audacity and don't stop asking. The episode concludes with some practical tips to make prayer a consistent element of your discipleship to Jesus. 


Key Scripture Passages: Luke 11:1-13; Genesis 1:26-28; Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:6-7; Exodus 32:1-10


You can find various resources for this practice (Including our prayer cards) here: https://practicingtheway.org/practices/prayer


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Feb 18, 2022
Teach Us to Pray | Prayer E1
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How should we pray? For most of us, prayer is a weak point in our apprenticeship to Jesus, and it's hard to do in the digital age. But Jesus made prayer a consistent part of His lifestyle, and it didn't seem to be a chore for Him. In this message, John Mark breaks down the practice of prayer. After defining prayer and explaining why it is so hard for many of us, John Mark explains what the Lord's Prayer teaches us about the attitude Jesus's had toward prayer and how we can press into prayer not just to meet our needs and wants, but primarily to enjoy the Father's presence. 


Key Scripture Passages: Luke 5:15-16; Luke 6:12; Luke 9:18,28-34; Luke 11:1-4


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Feb 11, 2022
Generational Blessing | Dealing With Your Past E2
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Our families of origin and past experiences impact every human, both for bad and for good. In this teaching, John Mark explores the nature of blessing throughout the Bible and God's plan to bring blessing to the whole world, while showing how blessings are passed from one generation to the next. Because of the influence that we can have and our authority to bless, John Mark invites us to partner with God's plan by blessing our children, our friends, and our circumstances as a way to pass on good to the next generation. 


Key Scripture Passages: Genesis 12:1-3; Genesis 25:7; Genesis 26:23-25; Genesis 27:1-40; Genesis 28:10-15; Genesis 48:1-20; Genesis 2:24; Mark 10:13-16


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Feb 04, 2022
Generational Sin | Dealing With Your Past E1
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Our family of origin and past experiences shape our present. And past hurt and trauma don't go away on their own. They need to be dealt with, or these hurts and traumas will emerge in unhealthy ways as we try to cope with our pain. So how do we deal with our past so that we can move forward in our apprenticeship to Jesus? In this teaching, John Mark shows us why it is important to deal with our past in our discipleship to Jesus. After discussing common objections to dealing with your past, he takes us through the Bible and shows how sins get passed from one generation to the next. He finishes this teaching by giving practical tips on how to engage these topics in community and begin your journey to healing and freedom.


Key Scripture Passages: Genesis 12:1-20; Genesis 20:1-18; Genesis 26:1-11; Genesis 27:18-20; Genesis 37:2-4; Genesis 37:31-35; Exodus 34:6-7; Mark 5:24-34


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Jan 28, 2022
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


You can find various resources for this practice here: practicingtheway.org/practices/silence-solitude


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