Jan 29, 2023 |The Sticky Gospel


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01.29.23 | The Sticky Gospel


Tony Pyle

Mark 2:18-3:35

How do you deal with disruptions in your life? Pastor Tony Pyle guides us through the topic disruption and how Jesus was a good and necessary disruption to a world that needed Him as we continue through the book of Mark in our series “The Sticky Gospel”.

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a disturbance which interrupts an event, activity, or process


Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. People came and asked him, “Why do John’s disciples and the Pharisees’ disciples fast, but your disciples do not fast?”

Mark 2:18

Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot fast while the groom is with them, can they? As long as they have the groom with them, they cannot fast. But the time will come when the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day. No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new patch pulls away from the old cloth, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost as well as the skins. No, new wine is put into fresh wineskins.”

Mark 2:19-22

On the Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to make their way, picking some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”

Mark 2:23-24

He said to them, “Have you never read what David and those who were with him did when he was in need and hungry—  how he entered the house of God in the time of Abiathar the high priest and ate the bread of the Presence— which is not lawful for anyone to eat except the priests— and also gave some to his companions?” Then he told them, “The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath.

Mark 2:25-27

Jesus entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a shriveled hand. In order to accuse him, they were watching him closely to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath. He told the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand before us.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. After looking around at them with anger, he was grieved at the hardness of their hearts and told the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out, and his hand was restored. Immediately the Pharisees went out and started plotting with the Herodians against him, how they might kill him.

Mark 3:1-6

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:6

Christianity is disruptive today for the same reasons it was disruptive 100 and 500 and 2,000 years ago. Throughout human history, sinful human hearts and sin-clouded
human minds have chosen paths that are neither good for them nor for their society. Only the work of Christ can free us from slavery to “following the course of this world” (Eph. 2:2) and set us on a radically new path of good works (Eph. 2:10)….The gospel is radical in every age, and the practices of the church are countercultural and
disruptive in every context.


His mother and his brothers came, and standing outside, they sent word to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him and told him, “Look, your mother, your brothers, and your sisters are outside asking for you.” He replied to them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” Looking at those sitting in a circle around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

Mark 3:31-35