God’s Plan in the Gospels

Dr. Rob Green July 14, 2013

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I. Jesus is AWESOME because He is the fulfillment of scriptural promises of a coming King (Matthew)

A. Jesus is royalty

B. Jesus is born of a virgin

C. Jesus returns from Egypt

D. The mission of John the Baptist

E. Jesus brings sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and freedom to those who are captive

F. Jesus is put to death in fulfillment of the Scripture

II. Jesus is AWESOME because He is the Suffering Servant come to ransom you and me (Mark)

Mark 8:27-29 - Jesus went out, along with His disciples, to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way He questioned His disciples, saying to them, “Who do people say that I am?” They told Him, saying, “John the Baptist; and others say Elijah; but others, one of the prophets.” And He continued by questioning them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”

Unit #1

Passion Prediction (8:31)

  • Suffering
  • Death
  • Rise Again

Disciples’ reaction (8:32-33)

  • Rebuke

Discipleship Lessons

  1. Followers of Jesus deny themselves and take up their cross (8:34-38)
  2. Cost and hope of discipleship (9:1-13)
  3. Dependence on God through prayer (9:14-29)

Unit #2

Passion Prediction (9:30-31)

  • Suffering
  • Death
  • Rise Again

Disciples’ Reaction (9:32)

  • Confusion

Discipleship Lessons

  1. The Greatest is the greatest servant (9:33-37)
  2. Disciples must be characterized by humility (9:38-50)
  3. Disciples fulfill God’s plan for marriage (10:1-12) -- Problem of self interest
  4. Disciples understand they enter empty handed (10:13-31)—Problem of Self Achievement

Unit #3

Passion Prediction (10:32-34)

  • Suffering
  • Death
  • Rise Again

Disciples’ Reaction (10:35-41)

  • Request for honor

Discipleship Lessons

  1. Importance of Servanthood (10:42-45)
  2. Importance of Following Jesus (10:46-52)

Mark 10:45 - For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

III. Jesus is AWESOME because we can be confident in Jesus’ story (Luke)

Luke 1:1-4 - Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.

IV. Jesus is AWESOME because He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John)

John 20:30-31 - Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

Dr. Rob Green


Pastor of Faith Church East and Seminary Ministries - Faith Church

MABC Department Chair, Instructor - Faith Bible Seminary

Director of the Biblical Counseling Training Conference - Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries


B.S. - Engineering Physics, Ohio State University
M.Div. - Baptist Bible Seminary
Ph.D. - New Testament, Baptist Bible Seminary

Dr. Rob Green joined the Faith Church staff in August, 2005. Rob’s responsibilities include oversight of the Faith Biblical Counseling Ministry and teaching New Testament at Faith Bible Seminary. He serves on the Council Board of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and as a fellow for the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Pastor Green has authored, co-authored, and contributed to 9 books/booklets. Rob and his wife Stephanie have three children.

Read Rob Green's Journey to Faith for the full account of how the Lord led Pastor Green to Faith Church.