The literal, bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the foundation of the Christian Religion. Pastor Jim helps us rejoice in that reality, and presents those who don’t believe some thoughtful reasons to give it more consideration.
Today is Palm Sunday. As one of our Elders observed: “There were a lot of folks dressed and on their way to church this morning, and that encourages me.” And we were thankful for each one out this afternoon to worship; to hear God’s Word preached, and to fellowship and be encouraged by God’s people.
When Jesus came to Jerusalem that Palm Sunday, the crowd was there when he arrived, but seems it had totally dissipated by the time Jesus left Jerusalem for Bethany early evening. What happened? He as just hailed as the coming king a few hours earlier?
You don’t have to be particularly religious to feel that humanity is in need of “saving”. No matter how long you think humans have been around we don’t seem to be able to rid ourselves of the “bad things” that plague us: Hate, war, abuse, frustration, etc. Pastor Alan shared from Mark 8, that Jesus is, in fact, the Savior that we all need.
How about that National NCAA championship football game?! Exciting? Make you want to celebrate? (If you were on the right side…?). Well, Pastor Alan spoke to us about our ability as Christ followers to always have something to celebrate.
We’ve come to the end of Pastor Shaw’s series on St Mark’s gospel. And as they say: it went down just like Jesus intended it to. One theme St Mark has been consistent on is that Jesus knew what he wanted; knew how he wanted as situation to develop; and this last real event also went just as he planned.
Well, as you might assume, St Mark needs to get to his “punch line” pretty soon, no?! Well, In today’s sermon we get much of what St Mark is wanting to make his readers wrestle with: What is your decision about Jesus? What do you believe about him?! One of Pastor Scott’s best sermons on St Mark. Don’t miss listening if you missed the service today!
In Chapter 14 St Mark clearly exposes the “bravado” of the disciples vs the humility and dependence displayed by Jesus. The message for us? We need to recognize that we need to stop going it alone and start praying more.
Chapter 13 in St Mark’s gospel is one of the more difficult parts of the Bible to interpret and/or understand. But it is a bit easier to do this because of the journey Pastor Scott has taken us on through the gospel in this series. It is clear that St Mark believes that Jesus is the prophet promised by Moses. And Chapter 13 is a reminder to us how important for God’s prophets to speak God’s Words for hearers to listen and respond.