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El Rey

a sermon and small group series about Jesus the King

We often say that we want freedom, but in reality, we serve many kings. Jesus, however, is the better King. El Rey (Spanish for The King) is a six-week series that will take us through Easter and will trace how the gospel of Mark depicts Jesus as the King of kings, and the only One it makes sense to follow.
If you would like to participate in a sermon-based group, sign-up below. 


We encourage you to utilize these resources for our current sermon series on Jesus, The King. The content is designed to help you grow in community and individually, and also to share with others who might benefit from them.


Discussion Guides for small groups are updated by Saturday morning each week and coincide with the sermon for that week.


Listen to some of the worship songs that we sing on Sundays from our Spotify playlist. It's a great way to engage in worship while you drive, do chores, exercise, and more, and it's also a way to fill your home with truth and peace and joy.

If you don't have a Spotify account, 


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The Resurrected King:
Luke 24:1-12
1 Corinthians 15:12-22


The following are some great supplemental resources about the book of Mark and Jesus the King.

A video overview by the Bible Project on the book of Mark:

Video Resources from RightNow Media

The videos below are found on RightNow Media, a digital library you have free access to through Ventura Missionary. We encourage you to not only use this library for your own discipleship, but to also share content with anyone in your life who is looking for hope, truth, and help in topics such as marriage, parenting, and other common life situations. There is also great content for kids! 

A Video series on the book of Mark by Frances Chan:

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Sixteen video devotionals for kids! Help your kids know that Jesus is our Messiah, our Teacher and our King! Follow along for just 5 minutes a day to discover how Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies, taught about life in the Kingdom of God, and died and rose again to bring us all the gift of new life in him!


Jesus the King - Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God

by Tim Keller

How God Became King

by N.T. Wright

Understanding the Bible Commentary: Mark

by Larry W. Hurtado

The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

by Alfred Edersheim (Scholarly)

*PLEASE NOTE: Ventura Missionary Church, and our leadership (including Pastor Doug) does not endorse every idea or theological perspective in these resources; however, we have found them to be helpful resources in developing a well-rounded understanding  about our teaching series.