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Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3

from the book
God's Downward Mobility
Cycle B Gospel Texts Sermons for Advent, Christmas, And Epiphany

John A. Stroman

Mark 1:14-20


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This text is a statement about a radical discipleship. It needs to be pointed out at the beginning that this reading is the most compact and compressed statement of the gospel expressed anywhere in the New Testament. Leonard Sweet points out, "In these few verses, Jesus' role as an authoritative, compelling, charismatic preacher is defined; the kernel of the gospel message is expressed; and drop-everything-discipleship -- the result of seeing Jesus and hearing his message -- is described."

The word "immediately" captures our attention. Jesus called Simon, Andrew, James, and John, and immediately they left their nets and followed him. They abandoned their nets, their boats, and their livelihood. They walked away from their old life, their old ways of doing things, their kindred and family.

Taking A Risk

This is a radical and bold move on their part. Why? Why did they do it? It appears that their response is simply and exclusively based on the power of Jesus' personality and ...

This Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 sermon, Drop-Everything-Discipleship, is based on Mark 1:14-20 and relates to Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 of Cycle B of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book God's Downward Mobility. SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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