Synopsis: In this first message in the series on the Gospel of Mark, we note the purpose in writing this gospel and summarize the message of this book in one sentence. When that message is embraced, born-again believers will be expressing the distinctiveness of a Christianity that "shines as light" in a dark world!
Synopsis: Today we look at a second portrait of Jesus that John Mark presents to us in His gospel. We're surveying this gospel to answer the question posed by our text, "What manner of man is this?" No one else can do what He does nor speaks like He does! No man died like He did!
Synopsis: In this fifth message in our survey of Mark's gospel, we discover another portrait of Christ given to us--The Sin-forgiving Savior. That raises two questions: 1) What gives Christ the right to be declared so and to act in that capacity? and 2) Why is this so critical of a portrait to see? The answers are presented very clearly in this second gospel of the New Testament!
Synopsis: Missionary biographies of Jim Elliot and others are inspirational. These missionaries live out the truths Jesus declared in Mark 8:34-38 regarding true discipleship. Are you a true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ?
Synopsis: Prayer is an exercise we know we should do, but aside from meal times, being called on to publicly pray, and maybe offering a quick minute to God, do we really express a commitment to "The Primacy of Prayer?" Following Christ's example we also can be gripped by the urgency & necessity of prayer.
Synopsis: One of the beneficial results of the Protestant Reformation was the deliverance of five Latin statements that represented the five core values embraced by those who rejected the excesses, abuses and heretical teachings of the Roman Catholic Church -- especially with regard to the doctrine of salvation. These same five core values ought to be embraced today as fundamental convictions and lived out by every genuine born-again believer. So it is entirely appropriate for us as Baptists to look at these and remember the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in that light. In this first message, we look at "Sola Scriptura," meaning, "The Scriptures Alone" or "Only the Scriptures."