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Mark 16:1-8  — The Christian Approach to Easter

Mark 16:1-8 — The Christian Approach to Easter

BIG IDEA: OUR APPROACH TO THE REALITY OF THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST CANNOT BE ONE OF CASUAL WORSHIPDealing with the ending appended to many texts of the Gospel of Mark that I believe was not in the original text – vv. 9-20.- Deal with it up front since this will...
Mark 15:22-41  — The Crucifixion

Mark 15:22-41 — The Crucifixion

BIG IDEA: THE VOLUNTARY SUBMISSION OF JESUS TO THE HUMILIATION AND AGONY OF THE UNJUST CRUCIFIXION IN FULFILLMENT OF OT PROPHECY TESTIFIES TO HIS DEITY AND MISSION OF REDEMPTION(:22-32) INTRODUCTION—PART 1:We have arrived at the climactic point in Mark’s gospel where...
Mark 14:53-72  — Unjust Treatment of the Son of God

Mark 14:53-72 — Unjust Treatment of the Son of God

BIG IDEA: JESUS SUFFERED UNJUST TREATMENT BY BOTH HIS HARSHEST ENEMIES AND HIS CLOSEST DISCIPLES WHILE MAINTAINING HIS COMPOSURE AND COMPASSIONINTRODUCTION:How do you respond when you are wrongly accused? We all have the identical natural response. We become extremely...
Mark 14:43-52  — Abandonment Leaves Jesus All Alone

Mark 14:43-52 — Abandonment Leaves Jesus All Alone

BIG IDEA: ONLY THE SUFFERING SERVANT EMBRACES GOD’S PLAN FOR REDEMPTIONINTRODUCTION:Our story this morning is a very simple narrative. It is a story that we can easily jump over without stopping to grasp its significance. It is a story where preachers at a loss for...
Mark 13:14-37  — Be On Alert – Part 2

Mark 13:14-37 — Be On Alert – Part 2

BIG IDEA: ISRAEL (WHO WAS ASLEEP AT THE SWITCH FOR CHRIST’S FIRST COMING) HAD BETTER BE ON THE ALERT FOR CHRIST’S SECOND COMING7 REASONS TO BE ON ALERT IN ANTICIPATION OF THE END TIMESINTRODUCTION:Everybody understands the principle of accountability. We grow up in...
Mark 13:1-13  — Be On Alert – Part 1

Mark 13:1-13 — Be On Alert – Part 1

BIG IDEA: ISRAEL (WHO WAS ASLEEP AT THE SWITCH FOR CHRIST’S FIRST COMING) HAD BETTER BE ON THE ALERT FOR CHRIST’S SECOND COMINGINTRODUCTION:Chapter 13 needs to be treated in its entirety despite its length of 37 verses. Therefore, it will take several weeks for us to...
Mark 12:35-44  — Exposing Religious Frauds

Mark 12:35-44 — Exposing Religious Frauds

BIG IDEA: FALSE TEACHERS MUST BE EXPOSED AS RELIGIOUS FRAUDSINTRODUCTION:In today’s Christian culture there seems to be a reluctance to speak against specific false teachers and to expose and condemn them as religious frauds. It is part of our acquiescence to the...
Mark 12:13-27  — Jesus Has the Answer

Mark 12:13-27 — Jesus Has the Answer

BIG IDEA: HYPOCRITICAL ATTACKS CAN NEVER UNDERMINE THE WISDOM AND AUTHORITY OF GODINTRODUCTION – PART 1:Christianity today faces all types of attacks from antagonistic hypocrites who seek to mock biblical principles.- attacks on miracles by the scientific community-...
Mark 12:1-12  — Respect the Son

Mark 12:1-12 — Respect the Son

BIG IDEA: REJECTION OF CHRIST MEANS LOSS OF KINGDOM INHERITANCE AND THE UNLEASHING OF THE WRATH OF GOD (FOR THE WICKED RELIGIOUS LEADERS OF ISRAEL)INTRODUCTION:Think of the simple command in the NT addressed to all children: their fundamental responsibility is to...
Mark 11:12-33  — Hypocrisy Fires Up Jesus

Mark 11:12-33 — Hypocrisy Fires Up Jesus

BIG IDEA: WHAT GOOD IS RELIGION WITHOUT FRUIT OR WORSHIP WITHOUT REALITY?JESUS CONDEMNS THE HYPOCRISY OF AN UNFRUITFUL NATION WITH ITS EMPTY RELIGIOUS SYSTEM (CENTERED AROUND THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM) AND OF ITS EXPLOITATIVE RELIGIOUS LEADERS (THE SANHEDRIN)TWO OBJECT...
Mark 11:1-11  — The Reception That Wasn’t

Mark 11:1-11 — The Reception That Wasn’t

BIG IDEA: EXCITEMENT OVER JESUS THAT STOPS SHORT OF WORSHIPING HIMAS KING OVER ALL QUICKLY FADES AWAYINTRODUCTION:Following the confession of Peter in chap. 8 that Jesus is truly the Messiah, we have seen a growing sense of anticipation and drama in the Gospel of...
Mark 10:46-52  — Beggars Can Be Choosers

Mark 10:46-52 — Beggars Can Be Choosers

BIG IDEA: BLIND BEGGARS CAN ACCESS THE SAVING POWER OF GOD THROUGH FAITH IN THE MERCY OF JESUSINTRODUCTION:This story provides a stark contrast to how the rich young ruler approached Jesus in the previous encounter.- Man of privilege and distinction vs. the most...
Mark 10:32-45  — The Way of the Cross Leads to Exaltation

Mark 10:32-45 — The Way of the Cross Leads to Exaltation

BIG IDEA: SUFFERING AND SACRIFICIAL SERVICE IS THE PATH TO GREATNESS IN THE KINGDOM – NOT SELF-SEEKING AND SELF-PROMOTIONINTRODUCTION:Illustration: Brian Billick book — Competitive Leadership: Twelve Principles for Success- Be Values Oriented- Be Prepared- Be...