Twelve Long Years of Sickness

The woman healed by Jesus in Mark 5:24-34 had spent 12 years living with illness and the isolation of ceremonial uncleanliness. She reaches out to Christ in faith, is healed, and then wishes to slip back into obscurity. Jesus calls her out in order to give her words of encouragement and to take her from timid faith to testifying faith.

Lord of Demons

Jesus the Son of God, came to our world on a mission of mercy. His miracles reveal His compassion, His omnipotence, and His rescue of us from the powers of sin and darkness. Mark 5:1-20 is the account of Jesus healing a man possessed by many demons. The demons recognize Jesus as the Son of God who has the authority to judge them. Jesus delivered the demoniac, and His sacrificial death on the cross can deliver us from sin and evil.

Lord of the Storm

The account of Jesus calming the storm at sea in Mark 4:35-41 reveals much about His true identity. Jesus understands what it means to share our humanity as he falls asleep in the boat, exhausted from a long day of ministry and opposition. Jesus demonstrates that He is sovereign over creation as He instantly calms the storm. Christ rides the storms with us, either calming them or delivering us safely through them. The only storm that can really sinks us is the storm of God's justice if we refuse to seek His mercy. Once we have believed in Him and are forgiven, the presence of the Lord is the antidote to our fears.

Kingdom Perspective

The disciples had many inaccurate expectations about the Kingdom of God. They wanted Jesus to powerfully crush His enemies and set up a physical kingdom on Earth. In His parables, however, Jesus revealed a very different vision for His kingdom. The kingdom would be like a tiny hidden seed, primarily manifesting itself as the Word of God takes root in the lives of individuals and bears fruit. The method of kingdom advancement would be sharing the Word, and growth would be slow and steady until a future consumption. At that time, God’s majestic rule and reign will be revealed.

Parable of the Soils

The Parable of the Sower in Mark 4:1-20 could also titled the Parable of the Soils. Seeds are sown whenever people are told about Jesus and the Gospel, but not all of those seeds bear fruit. The hard soil of hardened hearts, the rocky soil that leads to withered vines upon trouble, and the thorny soil whose weeds choke growth all result in little or no fruitfulness. The good soil humbly receives the message, commits to Christ rather that feelings, pursues a life of following Jesus, and welcomes the Word.

Jesus' Family

Our salvation comes by faith in Christ alone, but the validating mark of the believer is a life of increasing obedience to the word of God. It is not enough to merely listen to the teachings of Christ. We must obey His Word as revealed in Scripture confessing our sins when needed. Jesus said that His redeemed, eternal family members are those who listen to and obey His teachings.

The Eternal Sin

What is the unpardonable sin? In Mark 3:22-30, Jesus responds to the teachers of the law who accuse Christ of being possessed and empowered by the prince of demons. His response contains both a sober warning and a sweet promise of assurance. Christ will forgive all sins for those who repent and come to Him in faith. The unpardonable sin is the settled, determined, hostile rejection of the Gospel.

Justly Justified

What is justification? God, motivated by grace, declares guilty people to be righteous. God is both just and the justifier, sending His son to be the atonement for our sin.

Praying for Our Children

The Lord's Prayer gives guidance as to how we can pray for our children in our congregation. Pray to our loving Father that they will value God's name as holy and have hearts that desire the Savior's rule around the globe. Ask that they will live in obedience to God's word and have sufficient energy to serve God with contentment and thankfulness. Pray that the children will seek daily forgiveness and be led away from temptation. Above all just be faithful to pray!

What Jesus Said on the Cross

On the cross, Jesus prayed for the pardon of sinners and gave His life to purchase their forgiveness. He promised the repentant thief that he would be with Him that day in Paradise. He demonstrated compassion for Mary, bore the wrath of God for our sins, and accomplished our salvation once and for all. After listening to Christ's statements from the cross and observing Him die, the centurion exclaimed, "Truly this man was the Son of God!" Mark 15:39b (ESV)

Appointing of the Twelve

The twelve apostles, specially called by Jesus in Mark 3:13-19, became the foundation of the church. They preached the Gospel with the authority given to them by Jesus. Like the apostles, we are to be devoted to spending time with Christ -- for us, this happens through prayer and reading of the Scriptures. We are ordinary people who are part of God's plan to spread the Gospel throughout the Earth.

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