Pastor Anthony continues our look at JESUS through the Gospel of Mark.

Jesus Look at Mark’s Gospel Part 4

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Mark 2:13-14
He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

Luke 5:28
And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.

Mark 2:14
And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

Luke 5:29
And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them.

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Mark 2:15
And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.

Mark 2:16
And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

Mark 2:17
And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Matthew 9:13
Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Mark 2:17
And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Romans 3:22
the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:

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SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

Don’t worry about getting through all of these questions. They are just conversation starters. Spend time in prayer, fellowship, and ministering to one another. Read the following Scriptures and answer the questions you have time for. If you don”t get to them in your group time, ponder them in your Bible Study throughout the week.

Read Romans 3:21-31

Romans 3:21-31
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.

Do you ever think of yourself better than others? Why?

If you believe in and put your faith in Christ, you are righteous in God’s sight (see 2 Corinthians 5:21)

2 Corinthians 5:21
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Take a moment to share what your life was like before Jesus.

Share how your life is different now in Him.

Aren’t you grateful that he came for a “sick person” like you, and made you righteous through faith in Him? Share your thankfulness.

The next time you are tempted to think you’re better than others, remember where you came from, who saved you to begin with, how much you didn’t deserve it, and who you are now only through Christ

How can you use this knowledge, and the righteousness you have in Christ , the next time you are tempted towards arrogance to reach more “sick people” for Christ?

Thinking back to the message on Mark Chapter 2 and the calling of Matthew- What are some things you may need to leave behind completely in order to more freely follow Jesus and to more effectively reach those still lost in sin?