Synopsis: Today we begin looking at the type of response that should be given by all those who confess Christ to be their personal Savior. It goes well beyond a mere confession of who Christ is to something far more life-impacting and life-directing. That perspective is wrapped up in one word that occurs 46x's in this gospel - "disciple." What is a disciple? What does that involve? What is required? From our survey of Mark's gospel, we note three things: 1) The Call of the Disciple, 2) the Cost for the Disciple, 3) The Character of the Disciple. There is great encouragement to be found here in God's Word!
Synopsis: This NT text establishes the fact of Satan's Fall that Jesus witnessed. That raises the question--when did this happen? In this brief survey of the OT, there are some interesting hints of Scripture that may give us an idea of when it took place! The fall of Satan also encourages us that Satan's power is broken and Christ's entrance into this world was for the purpose of destroying the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).
Synopsis: In this message we look at the other two characteristic responses given to Christ during His three years of public ministry--1) Confrontation (antagonism towards Christ), 2) Confession (acknowledgement of Christ's identity). It might surprise you to see which groups offered these responses! The message ends with a challenge to personally answer the question Jesus posed to His disciples: "Whom say ye that I am?" Our lifestyles and actions reveal our true inner conviction regarding His identity.
Synopsis: Many things are taught and believed about baptism and there are various practices associated with it. In this brief message delivered before observing the ordinance of baptism, our pastor answers three questions from God's Word regarding baptism: 1) Why should a person get baptized? 2) When should a person get baptized? 3) What is the significance of baptism? What does it picture or illustrate?
Synopsis: In Mark 11:22 Jesus' rebuke to the disciples was "Have faith in God." Out of the five times in this gospel that "a hardness of heart" is spoken of (the exact opposite response of Mark 11:22), three times is is used with reference to Christ's disciples! What causes a person to have a hardened heart so that he/she doesn't respond as he ought? In today's message we discover three causes for a hardness of heart and here's what needs to be done to have that matter corrected.
Synopsis: Why does Psalm 19 end with a prayer? What's the connection between vv. 1-11 and vv. 12-14? In tonight's message we discover that connection and learn that there is always a direct link between God's revelation and prayer. It's a link we should use each day!
Synopsis: As we continue our survey of Mark's gospel we come upon a seventh portrait of Christ--The Successful Servant-Savior. Mark presents six way in which Christ gave evidence of His successful work. Because Hebrews 13:8 assures us "Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday, today, and forever," there is every reason for hope and encouragement to expect that Christ will do the same quality work in our lives in our day as He did in the lives of so many in His day. Every time Christ goes to work, it is always a successful work! He always successfully completes His work!
Synopsis: This message looks at two key Old Testament passages that describe for us the condition of Satan before his Fall as well as his expulsion from Heaven. We discover what led to his downfall. They also answer the mystery of how sin began and where it began. This teaching leads to some very powerful applications that will challenge your thinking and living to see if you are expressing the same characteristics as the devil did.
Synopsis: In this 7th message in the series of messages that survey the Gospel of Mark, we look at a 6th portrait of Christ that John Mark presents - The Suffering Servant-Savior. As you see this view of Christ against the backdrop of His exalted position as the Son of God, we see something of the depth of Christ's humiliation as He sacrificially offers His life as the only ransom God the Father would accept on behalf of sinners. The message ends with two primary points of application.
Synopsis: Having looked at the Origin of Angels and the Nature of Angels, we move on to see what God's Word has to say about the Fall of Angels. What happened that a full 1/3 of all angels were cast out of Heaven? How did demons come into existence? When did the fall of some of the angels take place? How could a perfect creature sin? What was the result of the angels' fall?
Synopsis: In this fifth message that surveys the gospel of Mark, we have another portrait of Christ presented to us: He is the praying Servant-Savior. As we look at this portrait of the Lord Jesus, there are challenging lessons to learn and practice! We also learn great truth regarding the resource of prayer - including the significance of the expression, "Abba, Father."
Synopsis: There are many conceptions about angels - including the idea that people becomes angels when they die. What does the Bible say about the nature of angels? This message surveys Scripture to discover the answer.