http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-26 Well, open your Bible to Mark chapter 6...Mark chapter 6. I want to read to you the first six and a half verses. Mark 6. "Jesus went out from there," that meaning Capernaum where He had been ministering in the prior chapter, we saw that. "He went out from there and came in to His hometown," that would be Nazareth. "And His disciples followed Him. When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue and the many listeners were astonished, saying, 'Where did this man get these things? And what is this wisdom given to Him? And such miracles as these performed by His hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?' And they took offense at Him. "Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is not without honor except in His hometown and among His own relatives and in His own household. And He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He wondered at their unbelief."...+ More details
http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-25 Let's look again at Mark chapter 5 and this is Part 2 in this text that records really two incidents, one inside the other from Mark 5:21 to the end of the chapter, verse 43. We have already considered the first portion of this passage down through verse 34 and we'll pick up the story in verse 35 with a little bit of a review. And what we're going to see in verses 35 to 43 is Jesus breaking up a funeral by raising the person from the dead. Breaking up a funeral, wouldn't you love to be able to do that? Wouldn't we all love to be able to do that? We understand that funerals are the most desperate of all human occasions and experiences. The Bible accurately says that all the human race is in slavery to the fear of death, Hebrews 2:15. Romans 6 says that the whole human race is in slavery to sin and the consequence of being a slave to sin is being a slave to the fear of death. Death, of course, is the ultimate fear that impregnates all other fears with its threatening and final reality. That is why Job 18:14 calls death the kind of terrors....+ More details
http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-24 It's been my joy to study, in particular, the gospels. This is the fourth gospel that we've done together here. We have spent nearly 25 years in the gospels and I never ever tire, I never grow weary of the magnificence of Christ. Usually I get a week to prepare a sermon, but I've had three weeks to work on this one and I could keep you here until you fell out of the window and died and we had to raise you from the dead, like Eutychus, but I won't do that, so we'll have to break this portion of Scripture into two parts, this week and next. It's inexhaustible the treasure of Scripture. What a joy for me the last few weeks to have literally been saturated with the truth of this text. Mark 5 starting in verse 21, Mark 5. It is a text that is contained in Matthew. Matthew records it in chapter 9 and Luke records it in chapter 8. There are two miracles in the passage from verse 21 to 43 and they are interestingly arranged. It is another one of those Mark sandwiches. It is a story within a story, a miracle within a miracle. And usually I read the full text and that is a delight and a joy and a privilege and a responsibility to do but in this case, in the narrative, I would rather allow the narrative to unfold itself to us and so we'll move through it together verse by verse and then we'll complete it next Sunday....+ More details
http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-23 We continue in our study of the gospel of Mark and go back to chapter 5 and the opening twenty verses which we took a look at last week and we'll complete this morning. The purpose for which Mark writes is laid out in verse 1 of chapter 1, "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God." This is a history of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, as is the gospel of Matthew, the gospel of Luke and the gospel of John. There are four Holy Spirit inspired, divinely authored records of His life and ministry. And even those four with all that they contain can't begin to tell the whole story. In fact, John reminds us that all the books in the world couldn't contain the record of everything that our Lord did. But the purpose of the writing of these gospels is stated for us by John at the end of his gospel. He sums up not only the reason for his own gospel, but for all the others, when he says, "These have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that believing you might have life in His name." The purpose of the writers is that you might believe that Jesus is the Son of God and in so believing have eternal life through His name. That is the reason we give such careful attention to these gospels, and it's a tremendous joy for us again to be going through the record of Mark....+ More details
http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-22 When we train young men how to preach, one of the things we work on is the introduction to the sermon because it's important to get people's attention. And there are a lot of ways to do that and we get a little bit creative from time to time as to how we develop an introduction. There are a lot of ways to do it but the goal of an introduction is to grab the attention of the people and get them interested in what you're about to say. You can do that a lot of ways. You can do that by surprising them a little bit. You can do that with a high interest story. You can do that by focusing on a very applicable, practical truth that everybody wants to know about. You can do that by focusing on a problem that needs a solution and you're about to give them the solution. There are a lot of ways you can capture interest....+ More details
http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-21 Open your Bible, if you will, to the fourth chapter of the gospel of Mark and we come to the final paragraph in this fourth chapter, verses 35 through 41...verses 35 through 41. Now remember that Mark's purpose in writing the gospel is stated in chapter 1 verse 1, "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God." Mark, like all the other writers, Matthew, Luke and John, has as his goal and his objective to make it clear, unmistakably clear that Jesus is none other than God, that He is man, to be sure, but that He is God as well, the God-Man. That will be demonstrated magnificently, unforgettably in the passage that is before us. We will see a beautiful portrait of His humanity and we will see a staggering demonstration of His deity....+ More details
http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-20 Well, let's open our Bibles to Mark chapter 4...Mark chapter 4 and this morning we're going to take a prolonged portion of Scripture. We're going to cover verses 21 to 34. And we could spend more time on these but as you remember, I'm trying to keep us moving through the gospel of Mark and I think it's appropriate for us this morning to take this as one unit so you're going to have to stick with me as we fly a little bit through this section...Mark chapter 4, verses 21 to 34. Now just prior to this passage, our Lord had given the parable of the soils. Remember that? And He had distinguished two kinds of soils, basically, the kind of soil that produces nothing, that was the first three, hard soil, rocky soil, thorny or weedy soil produces nothing. That is they don't hear the truth of the gospel and respond. And then He talked about three kinds of good soil that produce 30 fold, 60 fold and a hundred fold in terms of fruitfulness. And then He went on to say the difference between the soils that produce nothing and the soils that are productive is hearing the truth...hearing it, hearing it in the sense that you embrace it and you believe it, and that, of course, is what sets believers apart from non-believers. Non-believers cannot understand the things of God, they do not hear the gospel with believing submissive ears, those who are Christ's do....+ More details
http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-19 We come now to the Word of God and what a privilege it is. And we're looking at the fourth chapter of Mark again and the parables of the soils that takes up the first twenty verses of this fourth chapter. So open your Bible to Mark chapter 4. This is message number three and will be the last message as we look at the parables of the soils. There is so much actually in the truth of this parable that I suppose one could do ten, twelve, or even twenty messages just explaining the nuances of this parable. So by no means are we exhausting it in three messages. It is a familiar story to all students of the New Testament, one of the most familiar of all of Jesus' parables. Let's familiarize ourselves again with it by starting at verse 1....+ More details
http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-18 Well let's open the Word of God to the fourth chapter of the gospel of Mark, and we're going to continue to take a look at what is known as the parable of the soils...the parable of the soils, very familiar parable to students of Scripture. We're going to dig a little deep into the dirt, if you will, on this one, go down into the soil and discover all that we can as to its meaning. But let me remind you of the story itself in the opening eight verses. Mark 4, "He began to teach again by the sea...that is Jesus by the Sea of Galilee...and such a very large crowd gathered to Him that He got into a boat in the sea and sat down, and the whole crowd was by the sea on the land and He was teaching them many things in parables and was saying to them in His teaching, 'Listen to this, behold, the sower went out to sow. As he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road and the birds came up and ate it up. Other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil and after the sun had risen, it was scorched and because it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among the thorns, or the weeds, and the thorns came up and choked it and it yielded no crop. Other seeds fell into the good soil and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundred fold.'"...+ More details
http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-17 Open your Bible now to Mark chapter 4...Mark chapter 4. This morning we come to one of the extensive teaching sections in the gospel of Mark and there really are only two. This is an action-packed gospel, kind of the newspaper edition of the record of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, and Mark doesn't spend a lot of time on the detailed teaching of our Lord, except here in chapter 4 and once again in chapter 13. There are other sections of teaching scattered throughout but not nearly to the degree of the other three gospels. So when we do land on a teaching section, we know that Mark has invested it with great significance, and certainly that is the case in this passage. In fact, the teaching of our Lord here extends all the way down to verse 34, as He gives several parables. Just one of those parables goes down to verse 20. It is the very familiar parable of the soils, sometimes called the parable of the sower, sometimes called the parable of the seed. But it really is the parable of the soils....+ More details
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