Mark 4: Jesus Reveals the Kingdom

In Mark 4 Jesus begins to teach the crowds in parables (stories, illustrations), partly to teach what the kingdom of God is like, and partly to conceal it.

Why??

Because some people will listen carefully to his words, and others won’t.  The parables are intended to show people what God is like, but the result will be that some people reject Christ.

This is why Jesus repeatedly exhorts the crowds to “listen” and “hear” what he has to say.  This challenge still reverberates today.  We need to listen to Jesus’ words and respond in faith.

Mark 3: Jesus Redefines Family

In Mark 3 the opposition continues to threaten Jesus’ ministry–and life.  The conservative Pharisees think he is demon-possessed.  Even his family starts to think he is crazy.  When they come to extract him from his followers and newfound fame, he rebuffs them, raising the rhetorical question: Who is my family?  How does he answer?  What impact should this have on us today?

Three Nails

Three nails fixed Jesus to the cross, two through his wrists, one through his feet.  On the cross Jesus suffered the wrath of God for us sinners.  God punished Christ in our place.  Jesus died, was buried and raised the third day.  And he appeared to hundreds of people after his resurrection.

In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul the Apostle summarizes the most core elements of the gospel of Jesus Christ to remind the Corinthians (and us!) of the work of Christ that saves us.

Palm Sunday: The Rejected King

Palm Sunday marks the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, a sign of his divine kingship.  The events that unfold during “Holy Week” in the New Testament books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John point to Jesus’ kingly–and indeed, divine–status.

The religious leadership of Israel rejects Jesus, but God doesn’t.  Through his suffering and sacrificial death on the cross, Jesus acquires  all the authority in heaven and on earth.  This messages explores the depths of Jesus’ kingship in light of the religious leaders’ rejection–and what it means for us today.

Spiritual Warfare

Does the Devil really exist?  Does he really tempt people to sin or disobey God?  How do we resist and combat him then?  This message looks at the most explicit “spiritual warfare” passage in the New Testament and gives some advice on what the schemes of Satan are and how to counter them.

How to Have Bible-Soaked Relationships

This message focuses on the importance of Bible reading, and more than that, the delight of Bible reading.  God-honoring relationships should be rooted in a love of God’s Word, since it is God’s revelation of himself and his will for us.  What we often miss is the fact that the Bible is a delight!  Hopefully this sermon will inspire you to read it and see for yourself.