By using the word “must,” Jesus is indicating that he is planning to die—that he is doing it voluntarily. He is not merely predicting it will happen. This is what probably offends Peter the most. It is one thing for Jesus to say, “I will fight and will be defeated,” and another to say, “This […]
Bulletin and Sermon outline for Sunday, April 14, 2019.
The gospel isn’t advice: It’s the good news that you don’t need to earn your way to God; Jesus has already done it for you. And it’s a gift that you receive by sheer grace—through God’s thoroughly unmerited favor. If you seize that gift and keep holding on to it, then Jesus’s call won’t draw […]
Bulletin and Sermon Outline for Sunday, April 7, 2019.
In Mark 4 Jesus gives a parable of the sower which teaches us about how we are to hear God’s Word. The parable teaches us how the powerful word that saves and sanctify people may be seemingly impotent—if the heart that hears is hardened. When we read the Bible or hear God’s word being preached, […]
Bulletin for Sunday, March 31, 2019.
The Gospel of Mark is presented in a way that demonstrates the fulfillment of Old Testament promises. This is clear right from the start, as Mark begins his account by focusing on the fulfillment of Isaiah 40:3 in John the Baptist, who prepares Israel for the comforting arrival of Yahweh to his people (cf. Mal. […]
Bulletin for Sunday, March 24, 2019.
AUTHOR, DATE, AND RECIPIENTS Peter identifies himself as an “apostle of Jesus Christ” (1:1). He specifically mentions that he was an eyewitness of the transfiguration (1:16–18; see Matt. 17:1–8). Peter probably wrote this letter from prison in Rome (see 2 Pet. 1:12–15) not too long before his death by execution, sometime during A.D. 64–67. It […]