Follow Me – The Sword
Mark 14:43-52
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: Jesus opposes the kingdom of this world on the occasion of His arrest.

  • The world’s kingdom is marked by…, v. 43-45.
  • The followers of Jesus are marked by…, v. 43, 47, 50-51.
  • Jesus marks God’s kingdom by…, v. 42, 48-49.


Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?

My Story: Have you ever experienced a troublesome work environment under a boss with misguided priorities? What was it like? Compare this with a transition at work toward a new boss with godly priorities.

Digging Deeper:

  1. This world’s kingdom is marked by power and deception. How do you see this described in verses 43 and 44? Where do you see the same illustrated in our world?
  2. The followers of Jesus are tainted with the same priorities as the world. Where do you see this in the conduct of Judas and Peter? How might you be tempted in the same way?
  3. The Apostle Paul describes the condition of human beings who do not (and who do) have the Bible in Romans chapters 1 & 2 (respectively). In both cases, human beings are “under sin” (Romans 3:9). How does this make our predicament similar to all our neighbors?
  4. Jesus confronts the values of this world’s kingdom by His words and attitudes. How is Jesus different from all that is going on around Him? What difference is He making in your life?

Taking It Home: Jesus will face the power of the sword for sins He did not commit. He does this so that He can make a way for sinners to be reconciled to God. Stop trying to save yourself! Reach out in faith, by means of prayerful reliance, to Jesus Christ. Tell another person this week about His grace and forgiveness.


If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you and invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he and his wife, Mary, will meet you at the Welcome Center.


Do you have questions about the 5-Year Proposals that have been circulating in the past few weeks? Maybe you have ideas or issues that need to be addressed in order to help fulfill God’s vision for our church. Our upcoming town hall meetings are excellent avenues of discussion for these topics. Join us for one of the remaining two meetings: November 7 at 5:00 PM or November 15 at 9:00 AM. Each of these meetings will have childcare provided. There will also be refreshments provided for the 11/15 meeting and a light meal provided on 11/7. We are seeking full participation from our church body, as the proposals may influence all of church life, including our values, culture, direction, programming, facilities and staffing. Will you please prioritize one of these meetings and bring an expectant heart? Check your email for a link to a set of FAQs to browse beforehand!


Our next scheduled baptism weekend will be the weekend of November 14-15. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office to meet with Pastor Jeff before November 5.


Mike and Shelley Askins invite you to their son Alex’s Eagle Scout Ceremony on November 15 at 3:00 PM in the Student Center. Please RSVP to [email protected] or 303.513.4076.


Ladies, you are invited to the 20th annual Taste of Christmas on Monday, November 9 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Nicole DeVries will be our distinguished speaker, in a message entitled, “Making Room for Christmas.” Tickets are on sale in the entryway for $8 each before and after services or in the church office during regular business hours.


Our feature in November will be a look at what the Bible has to say about future events, with John Powell as teacher. John will be identifying the various viewpoints taken by scholars and presenting them in a manner that is easy for all to understand. The Gathering meets downstairs Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM, and all are welcome.


High School students, mark your calendars for our guy versus girl event on November 14 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM in the Student Center. Your knowledge and talent will be put to the test – who will win?


This week our menu will feature baked chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn and dessert for only $2.50 each or $10 per family. See you there!


We will be collecting filled shoeboxes through November 15, but will not be able to accept boxes after this date. If you have one ready to go, you can drop it off at the lobby table at any time before then. Ideas can still be found at the table in the lobby. Thank you for partnering with us in this great ministry!


The fourth annual Barn Dance, Silent Auction & Chili Cook-Off will be Saturday, November 7 (5:30 – 9:30 PM) at The Barn. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in the entryway before and after weekend services or in the church office during business hours. Do you have a great chili recipe? Sign-up to enter the chili cook-off at the ticket table, as well! Please bring chili that serves 8-10 people to The Barn by 4:45 PM on November 7, with a ladle marked with your name. Childcare will be available for this event at the church as a fundraiser for DV8. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of fun!

John Colvin
Ventawei Venture


  • For a successful 16 days in Indonesia, treating over 700 patients in five different locations, 59 for Malaria.


  • For his upcoming trip to the island of Ambon, near New Guinea and the need for volunteers for that trip


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