A Close Look at the Life of Christ Through the Lens of Mark
Peace in a Hostile World
June 7, 2020 • Brian Watts
There is a lot of hostility in our world right now especially surrounding the issue of race. The situation seems hopeless at times. But in Ephesians 2 we find hope. Jesus has come to destroy hostility and bring peace between us and God and between people.
Setting the World Right
Mark 5:21-43 • May 31, 2020 • Brian Watts
In this section of Mark's Gospel, we encounter people who are deeply impacted by the imperfections of this world (storms, darkness, sickness and death). Mark is showing us that Jesus has power to calm the storm, to defeat the most powerful forces of darkness, to heal the sick and even raise the dead. He is God and he has come to set the world right.
May 17 Service
Mark 4:35-41 • May 17, 2020 • Brian Watts
We are entering a section of Mark where we will witness Jesus perform miracles and display His power of nature, the forces of darkness, sickness and death. In this story, Jesus calms a terrible storm. Its an occasion for Jesus to reveal His power and His love to the disciples. Sometimes Jesus leads His people into storms but its to grow their faith and to reveal His glory.
A Strange Conflict
March 29, 2020 • Kevin Blake
Mark has shown us that Jesus is the King that Israel has been waiting for. You would think that the religious leaders of all people would be delighted that He has arrived. Yet what Mark calls our attention to in this section is that they do not receive him and instead seek to destroy Him. Why do they reject Him? These stories are meant to challenge our reaction to Jesus because its only those who receive Jesus as Lord and King who will experience the joy and benefits of His Kingdom. Jesus is presented as the Lord of the banquet, the Lord of the Sabbath and the Lord of life. The Pharisees were unwilling to come to Jesus as Lord of anything; therefore, they are left out of the banquet, God's rest and eternal life. If you will experience those things you must come to Jesus as Lord and King and you will enjoy fellowship with Him, rest for your soul, and life.
The Great Physician
March 22, 2020 • Brian Watts
What is the greatest need you have in your life? What do you wish God would fix? Today we will witness a man being brought to Jesus who has a deep physical ailment: he’s paralyzed. And Jesus looks beyond what seems like his greatest need on the outside to a much greater need that we all have. He provides a deeper healing than the man could have ever dreamed of. And in the scene that follows Jesus pictures himself as the doctor who has come to heal the world of its greatest sickness.