Sermons on Mark

Sermons on Mark

The god Called Success

How do you define success? The world tends to equate success with being great at something, and, as a result, many spend their lives trying to reach this level of so-called “greatness.” When success becomes your obsession it quite obviously has become your idol. And the truth is that although success may be a laudable goal it is a pitiful god since it is unattainable for most, unsustainable for the rest, and unsatisfying for all. In order to avoid the…

A Biblical Marriage Ethic

In today’s culture, marriage is an institution in flux. The increasing popularity of cohabitation, the permissive mindset toward divorce, and the legalization of same sex marriage have all contributed to an evolving marriage ethic. But should our marriage ethic be changing? Is the institution of marriage ours to be altering? Today we explore what the Bible has to say about marriage and divorce in order to develop a biblically-based ethic of marriage. Sermon Handout MARK 10:2-12 2 And Pharisees came up…

I am a Witness

Just before His ascension Jesu told His disciples that “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). A witness is an individual who can testify on behalf of another. For the Apostles such an identity made since because they witnessed the ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus. But how does such an identity apply to us? Can we serve as a witness for Christ if we…

I am a Servant

The identity of a servant was the most prevalent identity adopted by the New Testament authors (Romans 1:1; Philippians 1:1; Titus 1:1; James 1:1; 2 Peter 1:1; Jude 1:1; Revelation 1:1). In fact, Paul and Peter prioritized the title of “servant” above the title of “apostle!” Since servanthood was so prominent among first century Christians it should be no surprise that throughout the New Testament Christians are routinely identified as “servants” (Romans 6:22; 1 Peter 2:16). Why should we embrace…

Greater Than My Doubts

The Bible defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). In other words, faith is deciding that what is unseen is greater than what is seen. But subscribing to such a mentality is easier said than done. More often than not, we sympathize with the father in Mark 9 who asked if Jesus could heal his demon possessed son. Jesus answered “All things are possible for one who believes,” to which…

Greater Than the Impossible

In the model prayer, Jesus began with the words, “Our Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:9). Why did Jesus feel the need to teach us to acknowledge the Father’s location in our prayers? Maybe He did so to remind us that God does not abide in this world, and, as a result, He is not bound by the limitations of this world. If God is not bound by the limitations of this world then He is greater than what seems impossible…
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