Why do verses 9 through 20 of Mark 16 have a parenthesis that says "Earlier manuscripts do not include these verses"? This message explains the manuscript evidence we have and the confidence we can have in the Scriptures.
As Jesus prepared His disciples to be His witnesses he encouraged them to press on, even if the world hated them. The cultural Christianity that pervades the US churches is working towards getting the world to like us, something that Jesus says is an incorrect focus. This does not mean we are to be unkind or obnoxious, but that Jesus makes very clear that the world hated Him first, and because of this, it will be in opposition to the kingdom, to real Christians, and to the Lord Jesus. To love the world is to be an enemy of God.
In this message from John 15:12-17 we look at Jesus' command to "love one another". This was not a call to love the world, but a call to the disciples to love each other, as they were only a day away from being questioned and persecuted for their faith. We look at the command, the example, and the new status Jesus gives us today.
Jesus invites His followers to abide in Him. This high honor is not meant to be something for the Spiritually elite, but is for every follower. We are invited to live every day in a relationship with our Savior. Pastor Dave explains how we abide in Christ and what the results are in this message.
The Bible tells us that the Gospel is the power of God for salvation. This means that the Gospel is the power of God for both our justification as well as our sanctification - not just for the forgiveness of our sins, but also the power to grow in the righteousness Christ has given us. How does this work?
In Colossians 1, Paul prays for believers to lean in to what God has given them and done for them, and lays out a pattern by which God will grow His people through the Gospel.
What do you need to know about the end times? The day before Jesus was arrested He sat down with his inner circle and told them what to watch for that would be a sign of things to come. The message he shared that day is still important for us today as we see what we need to do in response to the end.
In Mark 12, Jesus gives the Jewish religious leaders a clear warning about their plan to kill the Son of God. He speaks to them out of the very Psalm they use for the passover so they can't miss it. In this message the characteristics of true grace are also outlined to counter the worldly concept of cheap grace. Proving even at the end God is still extending grace to the hard hearted. We conclude this message with a check of our own hearts.
Immediately after Jesus tells them that he is going to die in Jerusalem a third time, James and John ask if they can sit on His right and left. Talk about oblivious to the needs of others... Which gives Jesus a great opportunity to teach about the difference between the path of this World and the path of the Kingdom of God. They aren't just different, they are opposite. This message clarifies the differences.