Gospel Of Mark | The Performance Trap

Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | The Performance Trap

We live in a culture that rewards according to performance. This is not wrong in-and-of itself.  The performance trap is set when our identity is found in our ability to perform to a high level of excellence. This is what Jesus encountered when he met a rich young man in Mark 10:17.


Gospel Of Mark | This Way Up!


Gospel Of Mark | A Kingdom Paradigm in 2021

Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | A Kingdom Paradigm in 2021

Often, the answer to the question ‘why don’t we see more healings and deliverances today?’ is connected to the fact that we don’t have a spiritual paradigm in the 21st century and therefore we don’t utilize spiritual treatments.


Gospel Of Mark | Who (and What) Is Christ?

Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | Who (and What) is Christ?

The disciples certainly knew Jesus as a Rabbi who had authority from God. As they followed Him the evidence became overwhelming that He was more than a Rabbi.

Healing the sick, casting out demons, miracles of nature (walking on water) and miracles of multiplication, are all signs the kingdom of God has come. Jesus performed these miracles, thus establish His credentials as King over all of His creation.

Not only must we resolve the question ‘who is Jesus?’, we must also understand ‘what is Jesus?’.


Gospel Of Mark | Miracles Are Not An Optional Extra

Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | Miracles Are Not An Optional Extra

Do we go for the deluxe model, or will we make do with the base model that has no frills?  What we may have thought was the ‘base-model’ of Christianity was, in fact, a cheap copy-watch, a counterfeit.  If our view of Scripture removes the miraculous or relegates it to ‘fiction’ or ‘fable’, we may not know the God of Scripture.


Gospel Of Mark | Authorized & Sent

Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | Authorized & Sent

The strategy employed by Jesus to reach the world with the Gospel seems to be –

I minister
I minister while you observe
You minister
You minister while someone else observes …, etc.

This method of discipleship doesn’t require clever programs, tent crusades or revival conferences. It is organic, simple, and unaffected by top-down organizational issues.


Gospel Of Mark | Tokens Of The Kingdom


Gospel Of Mark | Frontline Spiritual Warfare

Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | Frontline Spiritual Warfare

The post-enlightenment, western mind, has learned to filter out the spiritual realm from our awareness because we no longer have a supernatural worldview.  We become conditioned to seeing things in a particular way.  We actually do see a whole lot more demonic activity than our minds are willing to accept!


The Gospel Of Mark | The Cost Of Discipleship


The Gospel Of Mark | An ‘earthy’ Gospel


The Gospel Of Mark | Kingdom & Authority


The Gospel Of Mark | Calling & Discipleship


The Gospel Of Mark | Prepare The Way

Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | Prepare The Way

Isaiah says ‘prepare ye the way of Yahweh’… This is not just any God, not even an angel. Isaiah foretold the coming of Yahweh. Yahweh is the same God who created the heavens and earth, who rescued the Israelites from Egypt and led them through the waters of The Red Sea. This is the same Yahweh who spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, who destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, and humiliated the prophets of Baal and Asherah on mount Carmel, – ‘prepare ye the way of Yahweh’


The Gospel Of Mark | Introduction

Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | Introduction

In many respects Mark was a failed follower of Jesus. He was the subject of a major disagreement, and separation, between Paul and Barnabas in Acts 15 because he deserted the Apostles and abandoned the ministry.  All followers of Christ are failures who have been given access to the kingdom of God by grace.


Discovering The Prophetic | God of Mysteries


Discovering The Prophetic | The Time Has Come!

Rob & Deb Norman: Discovering The Prophetic | The Time Has Come!

We are living in the fulfillment of Old Testament hope and expectation!  When Jesus said “The time has come” this was a declaration of the fulfillment of the triumph of The Kingdom of God’s over all the kingdoms of this world. We are now living in the time of the fulfillment and manifestation of the kingdom of God.


Discovering The Prophetic | The Prophetic Toolkit

Rob & Deb Norman: Discovering The Prophetic | The Prophetic Toolkit

Truly prophetic churches say and do the things they hear from the Holy Spirit.  Not only do we value spoken prophetic ministry, but we also value enacted prophetic ministry, which is invariably accompanied by powerful manifestations of God’s kingdom.


Discovering The Prophetic | The Prophetic Process


Discovering The Prophetic | The Formation of Prophecy

Rob & Deb Norman: Discovering The Prophetic | The Formation of Prophecy

Rob and Deb examine some of the processes that take place in processing prophetic revelation and delivering it to the right person or people using the right medium (spoken word, written word, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, prophecy or the special case of tongues + interpretation)


Discovering The Prophetic | Prophetic Revelation

Rob & Deb Norman: Discovering The Prophetic | Prophetic Revelation

Throughout Scripture God has spoken to individuals, both believers and unbelievers using transcendent means.  In Acts 2 the game changed when The Holy Spirit was poured out and those ‘in Christ’ received special abilities to hear from God and convey His heart, mind and will in words to others.


1 Corinthians | Church – Family Business

Rob Norman: 1 Corinthians| Church – Family Business

Some believe The Tithe was instituted in the OT, Mosaic Law and therefore because The Law has been abolished or fulfilled at the cross, so too has The Tithe been abolished or fulfilled.

Although this view sounds enticing, it is also problematic because the practice of tithing actually predated The Law of Moses by some 400 years.

 


1 Corinthians | Spiritual Gifts in Church

Rob Norman: 1 Corinthians| Spiritual gifts In Church

Tongues is one of the most misunderstood and maligned of the spiritual gifts.  Some conservative evangelical churches even teach that tongues were only required before the inspired NT writings became part of the Canon of Scripture.  Of course, this idea is not Scriptural itself and even if this were true, this logic would also need to be applied to all the gifts, presumably including administration!

 


1 Corinthians | The Greater Gift

Rob Norman: 1 Corinthians| The Greater Gift

When we come together, the greater gift is the gift that edifies (builds) the church. When we are alone the greater gift is the gift that edifies us individually.  Most builders are very practical people. Spiritual gifts, although mysterious and ‘other-worldly’, always have a practical end in sight.

 


1 Corinthians | The Most Excellent Way

Rob Norman: 1 Corinthians| The Most Excellent Way

1 Corinthians 13 is an eloquent description of agápē. This chapter is possibly Paul’s single, greatest literally work and is certainly one of the most important passages in all of His letters. The Apostle Paul upholds a brand of love that should motivate God’s people to eagerly desire the Greater Gifts, which in turn allows us to serve each other sacrificially. This is ‘The Most Excellent Way’ for the use of spiritual gifts.

 


1 Corinthians | Unity & Spiritual Gifts