Session 10

Are you scared of sharing your faith?

From Mark: A 6-Week Devotional

After Jesus was arrested, the disciples scattered. Mark 14:54 records that Peter followed Jesus and the guards at a distance so as to not be associated with Him. The disciples abandoned Jesus, and while it is easy to scoff at the disciples for their betrayal, don’t we do the same thing?

Like the disciples, we’ve all faced that moment where we could show our devotion to Jesus or stop short out of fear of what others will think. We can give money to the poor, volunteer at homeless shelters, and work harder than anyone, but if we never explain the reason for our actions, have we really shared the Gospel? Our lives will either portray Jesus as a liar or Lord. He is either Lord of all or not Lord at all.

Jesus is either Lord of all or not Lord at all.

We have all been slow to proclaim Jesus before others, but as the disciples later discovered, it’s never too late to change. In Mark 16, Jesus sends the same disciples who abandoned him out as missionaries. Not only that, Jesus said they would have the power to drive out demons, speak new languages, and heal those who are sick (Mark 16:15-18).

If we’re willing to be as devoted to Jesus on Monday as we are on Sunday, He’ll do more in us and through us than we ever imagined. So which will you choose? Will you shy away from sharing what you stand for or will you boldly declare that Jesus is Lord?

Reflect:

  • Do your actions change based on who’s around? Why or why not?
  • What is one thing you fear about declaring your faith in Jesus?
  • Is there anything in your life that needs to change to proclaim Jesus instead of pleasing others?

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Session 1

How to know what you really value

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Session 2

Tired of not getting your way?

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Session 3

You have a brand, but do you know what it is?

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Session 4

The greatest of all the commandments is love

By Jesus’ time, the Jews had created hundreds of rules for following God. There were so many rules, some leaders started sorting them int...

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Session 5

It’s OK to want to be blessed

In Mark 12, Jesus sat down to watch people bring gifts to God. Those who were wealthy and gave a lot of money didn’t impress Jesus. But w...

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Session 6

How to survive the end of the world

If you look at what we watch and what we read, our culture is obsessed with the end of the world. Some have a theory as to how it will ha...

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Session 7

You’re one of the bad guys

It’s easy to see Judas as a greedy, thieving betrayer. He was one of the bad guys. We’re Christians. We’re the good guys, right? The tru...

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Session 8

Why communion is a powerful symbol of our faith

What makes a gift good or memorable? It definitely has to be thought through. It more than likely came at a high cost, either financially...

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Session 9

When you are weak, Jesus makes you strong

When was the last time you sat around the dinner table and openly discussed your weaknesses? If you’re cringing, it’s because admitting o...

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Session 10

Are you scared of sharing your faith?

After Jesus was arrested, the disciples scattered. Mark 14:54 records that Peter followed Jesus and the guards at a distance so as to not...

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Session 11

Does fear drive you to deny Jesus?

At some point, we’ve all been in a state of denial. We try doing things we did 10 or 20 years ago because we’re in denial about our aging...

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Session 12

You don’t have to make everyone happy

Mark 15 opens with the high priests bringing Jesus to Pilate. The priests wanted Jesus dead and refused to stop until He hung on a cross....

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Session 13

You are not alone in your suffering

Have you ever felt abandoned by God? Perhaps you didn’t see the suffering coming, but in a moment your world turned upside down and you ...

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Session 14

Some things are too important to worry about fitting in

We all want to be part of the “in” crowd at some point in our life. Maybe you went to extraordinary lengths to be part of the cool table ...

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Session 15

What the resurrection did for you

What if the resurrection never occurred? What if Mary and Mary Magdalene had walked up to the tomb and didn’t find the stone rolled away?...

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Session 16

What to do when you face an impossible task

Think about a time you felt desperate, distraught, and discouraged. Whatever the situation, it seemed never-ending. Certain words, sounds...

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Session 17

Don’t let distraction stop you from seeing the miracle

Living in this broken world can easily harden our hearts to the joy and peace and miracles God gives us each day. Sin is all over the pla...

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Session 18

Life with Jesus is more than a list of rules

Two toddlers are playing when one yanks a toy away shouting, “Mine!”   We teach kids to learn to share and work together to be successfu...

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Session 19

Are your beliefs based on experience?

Whether it’s a new movie in theaters or an unknown band’s first song on the radio, we all love celebrating something new. But forming an...

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Session 20

When it’s time to stop asking for a sign

In Mark 8:1-13, Jesus stops teaching a crowd and attends to their needs by creating a feast for 4,000 people from a few fish and seven lo...

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Session 21

Sometimes, saying no is the best yes

Have you ever set a goal and didn’t complete it? Like breaking a diet for the cake in the break room, saying yes to one thing often requi...

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Session 22

What happens when you go to God in prayer

You sit down on the couch and flip the switch to the table lamp. Nothing happens. You head off to the closet to grab a new bulb and repla...

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Session 23

You are a vital part of the church family

When a soccer player gets a red card, it affects the whole team. A red card puts the offending player out of the game, which means the te...

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Session 24

What Jesus said you should do with sin

Status always comes with responsibility. As an actress experiences more fame, her influence on pop culture grows. As an athlete breaks ne...

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Session 25

Who do you lean on the most?

Have you ever noticed how a little child clings to a parent? With an open heart and open arms, he reaches out, trusting that he will be n...

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Session 26

How to experience true change

When LeBron James, one of the NBA’s top basketball players, returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers, local fans rejoiced and even printed T-s...

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Session 27

Why baptism matters for you

Have you ever wondered why Jesus got baptized? John’s ministry had one message — turn away from sin and be baptized. John baptized as a w...

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Session 28

Do you want to be closer to Jesus?

We’ve all been stuck behind the car that doesn’t move when the stoplight turns green. We beep at them and yell at them (as if they can he...

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Session 29

Do you see Jesus as a healer?

Many of us were raised by parents who could command authority with a look. Others of us knew by the tone of voice that straightening up w...

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Session 30

Why does time with Jesus matter?

In a world that constantly tells us we aren’t doing enough and don’t have enough, why would a person take time to be alone and pray? Why ...

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Session 31

What does faith look like?

For centuries, creative people have brought spiritual realities to life through personification. For example, death is a walking skeleton...

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Session 32

You don’t have to clean up first

Jesus was known for pushing the boundaries of what people of his time would have deemed socially acceptable. He went places other religio...

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Session 33

What is the Sabbath and why does it matter?

It’s the most dreaded notification every smartphone owner receives: “Battery low. Connect your charger to continue working.” Our phones ...

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Session 34

How to do life with others like Jesus did

Jesus was fully God, yet He did not do life alone. Jesus chose a motley crew to be His disciples. These were ordinary, working-class men ...

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Session 35

Is your top commitment to Jesus?

What would have happened if Noah had completed 90 percent of the ark? Imagine if he’d left a small hole in the hull or left off the roof,...

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Session 36

Are you growing good soil?

“We need some good dirt,” the boy’s green-thumbed grandmother declared as they prepared to plant spring flowers. She knew that bountiful ...

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Session 37

Your story is powerful and important

Everyone loves a good story.   Gripping stories can launch us to the edge of our seat championing for the underdog to win the big game. ...

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Session 38

How to combat fear with faith

It’s easy to believe Jesus is Lord when things are going great. But what about when everything is falling apart? In Mark 4, the disciple...

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Session 39

How has Jesus changed your whole life?

Sometimes life leaves us in anguish — head down, beaten, and without hope. Dreams of becoming something or someone great seem so distant....

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Session 40

Why your faith is important

Jesus performed many wonders and miracles during His life. In Mark 5, a distinguished ruler asked Jesus to come to his house to heal his ...

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Session 41

How to believe even when it’s hard to see

When was the last time someone told you something that was hard to believe? Previous evidence suggests that what the person says might no...

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