What In The World Is Happening | Live For The King


What In The World Is Happening | Hearing God

Rob Norman: What In The World Is Happening | Hearing God

We live in a world where “words” are prolific and so we unconsciously filter out the noise and process our auditory senses accordingly.  This ability to filter and decode words can either enhance or dull the way we hear God.  Unfortunately, the supernatural has been filtered out of western secular intellectualism. 


What In The World Is Happening | Leading With Integrity

Rob Norman: What In The World Is Happening | Leading With Integrity

Leaders in the world manipulate the facts to fit with their particular agenda.  When integrity isn’t maintained, a number of symptoms begin to appear –

  • ambition becomes the driver
  • evasion or avoidance of consequences – blame shifting
  • a disconnect between what they say and do
  • redefinition or qualification of previous “truths”


Jesus & No Other


What In The World Is Happening | Raising Families


What In The World Is Happening | Knowing Our Ethics

Rob Norman: What In The World Is Happening | Knowing Our Ethics

Ethics and morals relate to “right” and “wrong” conduct. While they are sometimes used interchangeably, they are different: ethics refer to rules provided by an external source, e.g., codes of conduct in workplaces or principles in religions. Morals refer to an individual’s own principles regarding right and wrong.

A Biblical code of ethics and morals will always bring true Christians into conflict with the world. We should not be surprised when we come under fire from the World on any number of areas including marriage, relationships, family, sexuality, abortion, money, justice, just about everything…


What In The World Is Happening | Knowing Our Message


Gospel Of Mark | The Great Commission

Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | The Great Commission

The Great Commission is the mission statement of Christ’s Church.  This commission is is dripping with a mandate to preach and demonstrate the gospel of the kingdom of God.  Mark’s Gospel reveals the threefold nature of the Great Commission, namely:

1. Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation

2. Baptize all who believe

3. Signs following


Gospel Of Mark | The Human Condition


Gospel Of Mark | Understanding Worship

Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | Understanding Worship

Mark 14 is a weighty chapter. The beginning of the chapter builds the foundations of Christian worship when a woman lavishly anoints Jesus with a years’ wages worth of expensive perfume. Jesus was the centre of her worship experience and He is also the centre of our worship.


Gospel Of Mark | The Last Days

Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | The Last Days

The destruction of the temple in AD70 was, to those in Jerusalem, an apocalyptic event that effectively marked the end of the Old Testament sacrificial system.  All this took place within 40 years of the death and resurrection of Christ. As with most apocalyptic prophecies, there is often a relatively short term fulfilment as well as a long term recurring fulfilment until ‘The End’. 


Gospel Of Mark | Apocalyptic Patterns

Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | Apocalyptic Patterns

Biblical apocalyptic literature has been the subject of intense interest for centuries. We all want to know ‘what will be’ and ‘what the signs are’, of the end of the world.

Mark 13 and its parallel gospel texts Matthew 24 and Luke 21 are apocalyptic texts and are best understood when we take the time to understand how this unique kind of prophetic writing works.


Gospel Of Mark | Confrontations & Conflict


Gospel Of Mark | A Fruitful Tree

Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | A Fruitful Tree

The first century rabbinical paradigm is one of experience, illustration and story-telling. In this paradigm, truths were learned by watching and listening to a Rabbi, who through life experiences, stories, and explanations, would unpack greater truths of life and ministry.  The illustration of the fig tree and subsequent cleansing of the temple is typical of how a Rabbi would convey truth to a first century Hebrew mind.


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


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


Gospel Of Mark | The Kingdom Of God In The Parables


The Gospel Of Mark | An ‘earthy’ Gospel