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Mark Moore: Are These Obstacles Keeping You From Getting To Know Jesus?

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Dr. Mark Moore is teaching pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria, Arizona, which currently has eight locations and 28,000 in weekly attendance. He previously spent two decades as a New Testament professor at Ozark Christian College, and he is currently an online professor for Ozark, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Hope International University in Fullerton, California, and Haus Edelweiss, Vienna, Austria. Mark is the author of many books, including his latest, “Quest 52: A Fifteen-Minute-a-Day Yearlong Pursuit of Jesus.”

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Key Questions for Mark Moore

What is our biggest obstacle in really getting to know Jesus? 

-What is it about the way that we understand Jesus culturally today that we might have wrong?

-What is the value of pastors deeply understanding Jesus’ context?

-How can pastors and church leaders live and walk in the way of Jesus, particularly when they have to make difficult decisions that might be painful for others?

Key Quotes From Mark Moore

“​​Often when we imagine Jesus just reading him in the Gospels, we imagine him to look like the person we see in the mirror. And so some of the things that Jesus says that should be offensive to us, we just overlook.”

“In Jesus’ day, meals were reserved for people you knew that were at your same economic and social strata. So when Jesus was eating with tax collectors and sinners, that would be unheard of. We think of it as an act of compassion, but Jesus was actually changing the dynamics of who is inside and who is outside.”

“One of the things that I’ve observed about Jesus is he didn’t just break his own cultural values. He breaks ours. So applying his Word is more about us bending to him rather than him bending to us.”

“When Jesus touched the leper, he changed a philosophy that every religion had that contagion or uncleanness was more contagious than cleanness. And he flipped that on its head and said, ‘No, cleanness is more contagious than uncleanness.’ How many churches still have not learned that lesson? Because we’re trying to avoid people who might contaminate us. That would be one example of a life-altering principle that I think we need to apply.”