February 9, 2020

SERMON SERIES: The Gospel of Mark

SERMON TITLE: Jesus, Friend of Sinners (Mark 2:13-17)


This week, Pastor David continued The Gospel of Mark sermon series with a look at Jesus and His call of Levi.

  • The gospel writer (Mark) answers the question, Who is Jesus? Mark’s answer in these verses is: Jesus is a sinless friend of sinners. Who are your friends and associates?
  • Jesus’ call to follow Him is for anyone anytime. Who are you tempted to believe is beyond salvation? What does this passage teach about that?
  • Jesus does not call us to be fans but followers. What is the difference? When are you tempted to settle for just being a fan? Explain.

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He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

~ Mark 2:13-17


“Prostitutes are in no danger of finding their present life so satisfactory that they cannot turn to God; the proud, the self-righteous, are in that danger.”

~ C. S. Lewis


Levi got up, left everything and followed him.

~ Luke 5:28