Sermons Update

Another update of sermons


Sermon-2015-7-5: In Barabbas’s place

  • Title:  In Barabbas’s place
  • Text:  Mark 15:6-15
  • Notes:  We do not know much about Barabbas except that he was a rebel, a murderer, and a robber.  It is enough of a description to conclude he was deserving of execution.  Yet Jesus takes his place on the cross.  The NT teaches us that Christ “bore our sins in His body on the cross…” and this is a picture of the substitutionary nature of Jesus’ death.  We have no idea how Barabbas lived his new freedom, but we are called to “die to sin and live to righteousness” as the result of Christ’s work on the cross.  “For by His wounds you are healed.”
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Sermon-2015-7-12: Mocking the King

  • Title: Mocking the King
  • Text: Mark 15:16-21
  • Notes: The Romans soldiers dress Jesus up as a king and give Him a crown as a king and then hail Him as a king.  In dressing Jesus up in the outward attire of a king, even bowing to Him as if He were a king, they are mocking Him, because they in no way believe He is a king, let alone the King.  Yet in bearing the scorn of their mockery, He shows Himself to be the only King.
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Sermon-2015-5-31: The Agony and Triumph of Jesus

  • Title:  The Agony and Triumph of Jesus
  • Text:  Mark 14:32-42
  • Notes:  There are things about God as revealed in His word that are incomprehensible to us.  The word reveals it but our limited minds cannot adequately grasp the glory made known.  One such revelation is the nature of Christ: totally God and totally man.  The agony of Jesus in the garden reveals His humanity.  The triumph of Jesus through the agony—not My will but Your will be done—reveals His divinity.  The response to such revelation is worship.
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Sermon-2015-6-07: Confidence in the Word

  • Title:  Confidence in the Word
  • Text:  Mark 14:41-52
  • Notes:  When Jesus taught His disciples to pray He said, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thine name.  Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  In the Garden of Gethsemane, when facing the certain wrath of God for sin, this is what Jesus prayed: “Not what I will, but what Thou wilt.”  It is this confidence in the will of the Father that we see as Jesus rises up from prayer and faces His betrayer and the multitude come to seize Him.  He makes it clear to them all, His disciples included, that what is happening to Him at their hands is according to the word of God, not men.  God’s plan to finally deal with sin is not man made; salvation comes from God.

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Sermon-2015-6-14: Israel’s Trial of the Messiah

  • Title:  Israel’s Trial of the Messiah
  • Text:  Mark 14:53-65
  • Notes:  Jesus is on trial before the religious leaders of Israel.  They believe they are trying a man presuming to be God when in fact they are trying the very Messiah promised to them by God.  There are 3 basic questions: the messiah as Priest, Prophet, and King.  Mark provides the evidence for Messiah as Prophet, and will, as the narrative unfolds, provide the evidence for Messiah as Priest and King.
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Sermon-2015-6-21: The grace of God

  • Title:  The grace of God
  • Text:  Mark 14:66-72
  • Notes:  Peter denies his Lord.  After all that we have read about Peter, his strengths and weaknesses, it all comes down to a few hours in the courtyard of the high priest’s home when Peter’s following after the Lord is challenged and he fails.  It would be a tragic end, except for the grace of God through Jesus Christ.
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Sermon-2015-6-28:

Title:  Silent before His accusers

Text:  Mark 15:1-15

Notes:  Jesus was delivered up to Pilate by the determination of the Sanhedrin.  He stands accused of being the King of the Jews, an accusation He readily admits as the truth.  Yet he gives no defense for Himself and stands silent.  He fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth.”  No crime has been committed and still He stands condemned.  Mark’s narrative makes it clear that no human court has any legitimacy or authority to pass judgment on the Son of God.  The curse of sin must be dealt with by God and is in His hands alone, just as our justification is completely beyond our power and in His hands alone.

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Another update of sermons


Sermon-2015-5-31: The Agony and Triumph of Jesus

  • Title:  The Agony and Triumph of Jesus
  • Text:  Mark 14:32-42
  • Notes:  There are things about God as revealed in His word that are incomprehensible to us.  The word reveals it but our limited minds cannot adequately grasp the glory made known.  One such revelation is the nature of Christ: totally God and totally man.  The agony of Jesus in the garden reveals His humanity.  The triumph of Jesus through the agony—not My will but Your will be done—reveals His divinity.  The response to such revelation is worship.

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Sermon-2015-6-07: Confidence in the Word

  • Title:  Confidence in the Word
  • Text:  Mark 14:41-52
  • Notes:  When Jesus taught His disciples to pray He said, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thine name.  Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  In the Garden of Gethsemane, when facing the certain wrath of God for sin, this is what Jesus prayed: “Not what I will, but what Thou wilt.”  It is this confidence in the will of the Father that we see as Jesus rises up from prayer and faces His betrayer and the multitude come to seize Him.  He makes it clear to them all, His disciples included, that what is happening to Him at their hands is according to the word of God, not men.  God’s plan to finally deal with sin is not man made; salvation comes from God.

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Sermon-2015-6-14: Israel’s Trial of the Messiah

  • Title:  Israel’s Trial of the Messiah
  • Text:  Mark 14:53-65
  • Notes:  Jesus is on trial before the religious leaders of Israel.  They believe they are trying a man presuming to be God when in fact they are trying the very Messiah promised to them by God.  There are 3 basic questions: the messiah as Priest, Prophet, and King.  Mark provides the evidence for Messiah as Prophet, and will, as the narrative unfolds, provide the evidence for Messiah as Priest and King.

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Sermon-2015-6-21: The grace of God

  • Title:  The grace of God
  • Text:  Mark 14:66-72
  • Notes:  Peter denies his Lord.  After all that we have read about Peter, his strengths and weaknesses, it all comes down to a few hours in the courtyard of the high priest’s home when Peter’s following after the Lord is challenged and he fails.  It would be a tragic end, except for the grace of God through Jesus Christ.

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Sermons Update

These are a list of some of the sermons.  I am sorry about the delay, but summer is here and we are all busy.  I have and will try to get the other ones up soon. Love in Christ!


 

Sermon-2015-4-12: He Has Told Us n Advance

  • Title:  He Has Told Us n Advance
  • Text:  Mark 13:14-23
  • Notes:  Men make predictions everyday, some large and some small, and try to live their lives accordingly.  Some predictions come about and some do not, but man does not have the power or wisdom to order events so that his predictions about the future will certainly be fulfilled.  God alone is the one who brings about His plan according to His purposes.  As His children our faith grows as we watch His plan work its way out in history.

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Sermon-2015-4-19: Jesus Will Return

  • Title:  Jesus Will Return!
  • Text:  Mark 13:24-37
  • Notes:  Jesus gives instruction to His disciples about His return, gives them the lesson they are to learn from it, and then exhorts them how to live in the truth of His word.  The return of our Lord is the greatest event we anticipate and look forward to whether or not it happens in our lifetime.  Even as we consider His sacrifice on the cross and the power of His resurrection, His return is a promise and hope we live in day by day.
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Sermon-2015-4-26: Stay Alert!

  • Title:  Stay Alert!
  • Text:  Mark 13:24-37
  • Notes:  The culmination of the prophecy and teaching Jesus unfolds for His disciples is the command to “Stay alert.”  He does not tell us how to remain alert or how to stay awake—in a real sense the rest of the NT gives us detailed instructions on this—but He does make clear the importance of staying alert and watchful.  Are we awake?

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Sermon-2015-5-3: A Picture of Worship

  • Title:  A Picture of Worship
  • Text:  Mark 14:1-11
  • Notes:  The chief priests and the scribes finalize their plans to kill Jesus, giving proof of their irreverence for God and the false worship they were leading the people in.  In sharp contrast is the unknown woman who comes in adoration and worship and anoints Jesus body for His coming burial.  This blatant and costly act of worship is too much for Judas, and he joins the other side to kill Jesus.  True worship is costly for us because it means giving up all that we hold so dear.
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Sermon-2015-5-10: The Plan of God verses the schemes of men

  • Title:  The Plan of God verses the schemes of men
  • Text:  Mark 14:10-16
  • Notes:  Because we so well know the events surrounding Jesus death, it is easy to miss the shock of Judas betrayal.  It appears everything is unraveling for Jesus as the chief priests and scribes scheme and Judas enters into their plot.  Yet amidst all the machinations of men, the plan and purpose of God moves forward.  It continues on as it ever has “Just as He had told them.”
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Sermon-2015-5-17: The Last Passover the First Supper

  • Title:  The Last Passover, the First Supper
  • Text:  Mark 14:17-26
  • Notes:  Instruction on what the Passover was and how the Jews celebrated it will help us fit this Last Passover into context.  It will lead us to understand how this last Passover celebration transitions into the first Supper, or communion, centered on remembering Jesus, the final sacrifice for sin.
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Sermon-2015-5-24: The Good Shepherd

  • Title:  The Good Shepherd
  • Text:  Mark 14:27-31
  • Notes:  Jesus predicts the scattering of the flock and promises a future meeting in Galilee after His resurrection.  The disciples, Peter in particular, protest His prediction and miss His promise.  They are certain of their own loyalty, positive of the own fidelity, and Peter promises it even to the point of death.  How well Jesus knows the sheep of His flock and how little the sheep know themselves! Yet Jesus remains true through it and holds steadfast to His course and His sheep.
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2015-03-29: Enduring to the end Part 2 (Mark 13:1-13)

Text:  Mark 13:1-13

Scripture Reading:  1 Peter 4:1-19

Notes:  Jesus prophesies that the temple will be destroyed.  When His disciples ask Him about the coming of His kingdom, He gives them a picture of a world growing increasingly darker.  His purpose in doing this is to encourage them to endure through it all. Endurance is the mark of all those who follow Jesus.

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2015-04-05: The Resurrection (Mark 16)

He is Risen!!

HE IS RISEN INDEED!

HAPPY EASTER!!

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