Contributed on Feb 12, 2008
John the Baptist had been set apart by God for a unique role. He would herald the coming of the Messiah by preaching a message of repentance and baptism.
Coming Soon! Mark 1:1-8 February 17, 2008 Mark 1:1-3 (HCSB) The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: Look, I am sending My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way. A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare ...read more
Contributed on Feb 19, 2008
The baptism of Jesus proved to be the inaugural event of Jesus’ earthly ministry. The descending of the Holy Spirit, the proclamation of a proud Father...the work was now at hand.
The Inaugural Event Mark 1:9-11 February 24, 2008 Mark 1:9 (HCSB) In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John Are You Sure? Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. But John tried to stop Him, saying, “I need ...read more
Contributed on Mar 4, 2008
Life is full of turning points. Times of change that prepare us for the road ahead and fulfill God’s purposes in our life. The arrest of John the Baptist leads Jesus into a place of transition. Jesus goes to Galilee and begins to preach a message of
A Time of Transition Mark 1:14-15 March 9, 2008 Mark 1:14a (HCSB) After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee… Time to Leave - Turning points - Circumstances that God uses to redirect - Focus - Energy - Actions - These circumstances may be good or bad - The Holy ...read more
Contributed on Apr 9, 2008
Your encounter with Jesus was life changing. He revealed Himself to you and then He called you to begin a new journey with Him.
Leaving Your Nets Behind Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:1-11 Mark 1:16-20 (HCSB) As He was passing along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, Simon’s brother. They were casting a net into the sea, since they were fishermen. “Follow Me,” Jesus told them, “and I will make you fish for ...read more
Contributed on Apr 15, 2008
We live in and under the authority of Jesus. Jesus authority was seen not only in His teaching, but was also witnessed in the deliverance of the demoniac.
Complete Authority Mark 1:21-28 Mark 1:21-22 (HCSB) Then they went into Capernaum, and right away He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and began to teach. They were astonished at His teaching because, unlike the scribes, He was teaching them as one having authority. Distinctly ...read more
Contributed on Apr 22, 2008
The disciples had already witnessed amazing miracles, but now the request hit close to home.
The Healing Touch Mark 1:29-34 Mark 1:29-30 (HCSB) As soon as they left the synagogue, they went into Simon and Andrew’s house with James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law was lying in bed with a fever, and they told Him about here at once. Voicing Your Burdens - Simon’s burden - His ...read more
Contributed on Apr 29, 2008
Jesus demonstrated the source of His power in His time alone with the Father. Even Jesus faced the challenge of focus hijacking. This message deals with maintaining your focus in the face of others demands.
Maintaining Focus Mark 1:35-39; Luke 4:42-44 Mark 1:35 (HCSB) Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He got up, went out, and made His way to a deserted place. And He was praying there. A Pattern to Follow * Very early in the morning • Before the demands of the day • ...read more
Contributed on May 13, 2008
The leper knew the power to heal was available, the only question was His willingness. Jesus did more than heal skin that day...He touched the heart.
If You are Willing… Mark 1:40-45 Mark 1:40 (HCSB) Then a man with a serious skin disease came to Him and, on his knees, begged Him: “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” The Life of a Leper * Ostracized * Leviticus – 13:45 Leviticus 13:45 (HCSB) “The person afflicted with an ...read more
Contributed on May 27, 2008
Jesus came not for the righteous, but instead for the sinner. Are we developing relationships with those who need to experience the touch of Jesus the most?
Critical Care Mark 2:13-17 Mark 2:13-14 (HCSB) Then Jesus went out again beside the sea. The whole crowd was coming to Him, and He taught them. Then moving on, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office, and He said to him, “Follow Me!” So he got up and followed Him. An ...read more
Contributed on Jun 9, 2008
Jesus acknowledges the faith of friends and forgives the sin of the paralytic. The scribes question His authority, so He validates His authority with healing. To what lengths are you willing to go to bring others to Jesus? How is your religious l
Can He Really Do That? Mark 2:1-12 Mark 2:1-2 (HCSB) When He entered Capernaum again after some days, it was reported that He was at home. So many people gathered together that there was no more room, not even in the doorway, and He was speaking the message to them. Why He Returned * ...read more
Contributed on Jun 10, 2008
John’s followers were fasting. The Pharisees were fasting. So why weren’t Jesus’ disciples fasting. This message examines the inability of a rigid religious system to adapt to change brought about by the fullness of Jesus Christ.
May Rupture Under Pressure Mark 2:18-22 Mark 2:18 (HCSB) Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. People came and asked Him, “Why do John’s disciples and the Pharisees’ disciple fast, but Your disciples do not fast?” The Question of Fasting * John’s disciples * Fasted to ...read more
Contributed on Jun 24, 2008
Jesus was the fulfillment of the law. The spirit of the law brings freedom, while the letter of the law brings condemnation.
Above the Law Mark 2:23-27 Mark 2:23 (HCSB) On the Sabbath He was going through the grainfields, and His disciples began to make their way picking some heads of grain. Common Practice * Left behind * Leaving a portion of unharvested grain * Given in the law * Leviticus 19:9-10 ...read more
Contributed on Jul 1, 2008
The Pharisees were worried about healing on the Sabbath, but missed the very work of God in their presence.
Missing the Point Mark 3:1-6 Mark 3:1 (HCSB) Now He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a paralyzed hand. Situational Awareness - Jesus entered the temple - To direct others to God’s presence - Teaching - Revealing God’s power - A paralyzed hand - The ...read more
Contributed on Jul 15, 2008
Crowds were not only coming to see Jesus, but following Him as well.
You’ve Gotta See This!!! Mark 3:7-12 Mark 3:7-8a (HCSB) Jesus departed with His disciples to the sea, and a great multitude followed from Galilee, Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, and around Tyre and Sidon. Gaining a Following * Coming and going * Crowds were coming to see ...read more
Contributed on Jul 22, 2008
Jesus hand selected a small group of men to be sent out. These men were not chosen based on merit, experience or skill.
Chosen to Go Mark 3:13-19 Mark 3:13 (HCSB) Then He went up the mountain and summoned those He wanted, and they came to Him. By Invitation Only * Jesus summoned those He wanted * Not based on ability * Not based on favor * Not based on merit * Greater intimacy * The crowd was ...read more
Contributed on Aug 5, 2008
Jesus was misunderstood by His family and accused by the religious leaders. Jesus was willing to endure it all to bring about the assurance of forgiveness.
Assumptions & Accusations Mark 3:20-30 Mark 3:20-21 (HCSB) Then He went home, and the crowd gathered again so that they were not even able to eat. When His family heard this, they set out to restrain Him, because they said, “He’s out of His mind.” Misunderstood * The truth * Jesus had ...read more
Contributed on Aug 12, 2008
Jesus redefined the meaning of His mother and brothers, revealing the truth of God’s family.
Redefining Family Mark 3:31-35 Mark 3:31 (HSBC) Then His mother and His brothers came, and standing outside, they sent word to Him and called Him. The Call of Family - Motivated by concern - Was Jesus taking care of Himself? - Was Jesus in His right mind? - Past difficulties ...read more
Contributed on Aug 26, 2008
Light is of no use if it is not prominently displayed. This message examines our stewardship of the Light we have been given.
Meant to be Used Mark 4:21-25 Mark 4:21 (HCSB) He also said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket or under a bed? Isn’t it to be put on a lampstand?” Concealing the Light * Hiding * The light burns, but is hidden from view * Of benefit to no one else * ...read more
Contributed on Sep 2, 2008
Jesus used the process of seed growth to illustrate the Kingdom of God.
The Growing Process Mark 4:26-29 Mark 4:26-27 (HCSB) “The kingdom of God is like this,” He said. “A man scatters seed on the ground; he sleeps and rises-night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows-he doesn’t know how…” The Miracle of Maturity * Man’s role * Scattering seed ...read more
Contributed on Oct 3, 2008
Jesus was not bothered by the raging storm. He controls the wind and the waves.
Calming the Storm Mark 4:35-41 Mark 4:35-36 (HCSB) On that day, when evening had come, He told them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” So they left the crowd and took Him along since He was already in the boat. And other boats were with Him. Let’s Go * Jesus already ...read more
Contributed on Oct 29, 2008
The demoniac was possessed by a legion of unclean spirits. One encounter with Jesus set him free, seated at the feet of Jesus fully clothed and in his right mind.
Set Free Mark 5:1-20 Mark 5:1-5 (HCSB) Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the region of the Gerasenes. As soon as He got out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit came out of the tombs and met Him. He lived in the tombs. No one was able to restrain him any more – even with ...read more