Our Next Guest Is: Nazareth and the Surrounding Villages

Series: Our Next Guest | Week 4: A Journey Through the Gospel of Mark

Day Three Mark 6:1-13

6 Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown. 2 The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” 3 Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.

4 Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” 5 And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And he was amazed at their unbelief.

Then Jesus went from village to village, teaching the people. 7 And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits. 8 He told them to take nothing for their journey except a walking stick—no food, no traveler’s bag, no money. 9 He allowed them to wear sandals but not to take a change of clothes.

10 “Wherever you go,” he said, “stay in the same house until you leave town. 11 But if any place refuses to welcome you or listen to you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have abandoned those people to their fate.”

12 So the disciples went out, telling everyone they met to repent of their sins and turn to God. 13 And they cast out many demons and healed many sick people, anointing them with olive oil. – Mark 6:1-13 (NLT)


  1. What job has Jesus returned to according to verses 2 and 6?
  2. Once again, what different reactions do you see people having to Jesus?
  3. How do you imagine sending out the Twelve served to strengthen their faith?


Being a disciple of Jesus means spending time at His feet and listening to Him teach. But it also means going out, telling people about Him, and helping meet their physical needs. As you think about this rhythm in your own life, would you say you are better at the coming or the going? Ask God to help you strike the right balance between the two.

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