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Who Was Mark?

John Mark wrote the Gospel in the New Testament that we commonly refer to as Mark.  While he is mentioned in the New Testament in a few spots, what do we really know about the man who wrote what was probably the first Gospel written?
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Multiply Churches

The Multiply Initiative is our simple yet aggressive plan to multiply disciples.  As we make disciples within our own church, our prayer is that we will see growth in our church and in the churches we plant or replant.

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Why Preach Through Mark?

I am preparing to preach through the Gospel of Mark at our church.  As I prepared the series, it is going to take 1 year to preach through this Gospel.  While there are 4 Gospels in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – same story but told from different perspectives), I have chosen to preach through this one for a few different reasons.

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Preaching Can Be Expository and Engaging

As hundreds of teenagers spilled into the auditorium, I was going through last-minute preparations to preach.  As I went to get my microphone, a pastor introduced himself to me and wanted to chitchat before the service began.

“So which one are you?”

“Umm…I’m not sure what you mean.”

“We come to this event every year, and there are only two types of preachers that they invite to speak.  Either they are very theologically sound or very engaging to our students.  The theologically sound ones are painfully boring and must think it is a sin to be engaging.  The guys that are very engaging often struggle in their theology and I have to clean up after them.  So, which one are you going to be?”

Honestly, I had a difficult time thinking of how I wanted to respond because I was so brokenhearted about his perspective and my fear that he was correct.

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Multiply Yourself

The Multiply Initiative is our simple yet aggressive plan to multiply disciples.  While we can multiply programs, events, services, and churches, the heart of strategy plan is when disciples begin to multiply themselves.

If a new Christian simply replicated your life, would you be pleased with his or her maturity?

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