StoneBridge Community Church
The Markan Sandwich - Mark 14:1-11: "She Has Done What She Could"
Senior Pastor Jon Saur
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  • StoneBridge Community Church
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:15 PM, Sunday 5:20 PM

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In this sermon series, we will be looking at a literary device in the Gospel of Mark called a "Markan Sandwich." At a few points in this gospel, Mark will take two stories and put them together. One story will begin, Mark will then shift to a seemingly unrelated story, then Mark will return to the original story. The first story is the bread, the second story is the meat. Though both stories seem to be unrelated, Mark is teaching us something by combining them.

The Text In Context

"There are always people who try to place a monetary value on things. They seem to know the price of everything, but the value of nothing. In this account, Jesus is warning us of the foolishness of that attitude, for if you look at the world only in terms of dollars and cents, you are going to miss..." To read more, click link.

I. First Story

II. Second Story

III. What is Jesus worth?

IV. To Judas?

V. To the Authorities?

VI. To the Woman?

VII. To you?

1. Find something you own that is valuable.

2. Pray about how you might use it in a way that glorifies Jesus.

3. Use it in a way that glorifies Jesus.

1. What role do the chief priests and scribes play in the events described in this passage? How does their involvement reflect the tensions between Jesus and the religious authorities?

2. In Mark's second story, a woman anoints Jesus with expensive perfume. What might be the symbolic or theological significance of this act? How does it foreshadow Jesus' upcoming crucifixion?

3. Why do some of the disciples express indignation at the woman's action? What does Jesus' response teach us about his values and priorities?

4. Jesus interprets the woman's act as a preparation for his burial. What does this reveal about his understanding of his impending death?

5. What can we learn from the contrast between the woman's extravagant act and Judas' betrayal? How might this apply to our own lives and priorities?

6. How does Mark's sandwich highlight the theme of sacrifice and selflessness and how does this passage challenge us to examine our own attitudes and actions towards Jesus? How might it inspire us to greater acts of devotion and service?

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will take in between services on Sunday, May 28th. The purpose of this meeting is to approve pastoral terms of call and elect new Elders, Deacons, and a Congregational Nominating Committee for 2023.

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