by Dick Onarecker

Mark's Path to Passionate Purpose
Dr. Dick Onarecker
Acts 15:37-39, Mark 1:1-2

Mediocrity is defined as "middling, straddling the fence, neither good nor bad; second-rate, without intention." Depression, floundering, listless, aimless: these words characterize the life lived in mediocrity.These words also characterize lives without an all-consuming relationship with Jesus Christ.

John Mark, the writer of the gospel of Mark, acknowledged two life-altering facts: (1) the failures and frustrations of your past demonstrate an undeniable need for the power of God in your life today. And (2) The uncertainties of the future demand the power of God in your life today.

Are you living in a crisis of mediocrity? Does your heart and soul urge you to cry out to God for something more? Are you willing to consider having your life invaded by passion so intense as to change the entire direction of your life? Do the failures and frustrations of your past show the need for the power of God in your life today? How about the your fears of tomorrow? Do you need something more today? Do you doubt your salvation? Are you in the throws of crisis, or someone living life defined by mediocrity? Discover the truth revealed to Mark: a personal, experiential insight that released the power of God in Mark's life. Let's look at his passion of purpose.

Now you might say, "Preacher, I might be a little more passionate and deliberate if I had actually been exposed to Jesus like Mark was, but nothing quite that dramatic has happened to me!" The history and experiences of this man, Mark, reveals how God, by His grace and love, does whatever is necessary in a person's life to offer passionate productive purpose. Four cornerstones light John Mark's path to passionate purpose.

I. Mark was exposed to the real thing.

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