Sermons on Mark

Sermons on Mark

June 16: Why Pray? (2/4)

  June 16 – 4th Sunday after Pentecost Today the second in a 4-week sermon series on prayer entitled, “No Higher Calling, No Greater Impact.” Most of us are so familiar with prayer that we hardly give it a second thought. At the same time, it’s probably something most of us don’t engage in enough, and when called upon to offer a prayer out loud in the presence of others, we become very uncomfortable. This series will address some of…

March 31: His Death Certificate is Our Birth Certificate

  March 31 – Easter Sunday Scripture: Mark 16:1-8 It’s often been said that the Kingdom of God has a way of turning this world on its head; or turning it upside-down. What seems right and appropriate by normal standards is, in the eyes of God, found to be lacking if not outright wrong. What the world deems forward-facing is considered backward by Kingdom standards. The word used in the Bible most often used to depict this paradox is “foolishness.”…

March 24: Blessed is the One

  March 24 – Palm/Passion Sunday Other sermons in this 2024 Lentent series“Depths of Love” #1: Trust While Tossed #2: For the Sake of the Gospel #3: I Will Raise it Up #4: Whoever Serves #5: Blessed Is the One (this sermon) Scriptures: John 12:12-16; Mark 15:1-5, 25-39 Today is a day of contradictions. Not unlike the occasional Sunday when we mourn the death of a beloved church member and also celebrate the birth of a baby. Or a funeral,…

Feb 25: For the Sake of the Gospel

  Feb 25 – 2nd Sunday of Lent Scripture: Mark 8:31-38 Other sermons in this 2024 Lentent series“Depths of Love” #1: Trust While Tossed #2: For the Sake of the Gospel (this sermon) #3: I Will Raise it Up #4: Whoever Serves #5: Blessed Is the One (Palm Sunday) You’ve probably heard it said, “I should’ve left home when I was 13 and I knew everything!” What parent hasn’t been accused by their teenager of being utterly clueless about teen-aged…

Feb 18: Trust While Tossed

  Feburary 18 – First Sunday of Lent Other sermons in this 2024 Lentent series“Depths of Love” #1: Trust While Tossed (this sermon) #2: For the Sake of the Gospel #3: I Will Raise it Up #4: Whoever Serves #5: Blessed Is the One (Palm Sunday) Scripture: Mark 1:9-15 A lot of people use the daily devotional Jesus Calling. Each devotion is written using the voice of Jesus, as if it’s Jesus speaking the words on the page to the…

Feb 11: The Light is Still Breaking Through

  February 11: Transfiguration Sunday Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 and Mark 9:2-9 Many of you are probably familiar with the story of the Apostle Paul’s conversion, often referred to as his Damascus Road Experience. You can read about it in Acts 9. Here’s the story in a nutshell. As he and some traveling companions are nearing the city of Damascus for the purpose of rounding up and imprisoning as many Christ-followers as they can find, he’s blinded by a bright…

Feb 4: What Is My Ministry?

  February 4: 5th Sunday after Epiphany Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 and Mark 1:29-39 Over the course of life, each of us has far more experiences than we could possibly remember. They probably number in the millions if you include the most mundane experiences, such as washing your hands or turning on the television. Some of them we do so often or are so common that we don’t even realize they’re happening. But there are other occurrences that stick with…

January 21: The Hilly Road Leads to Life

  January 21 – Wesley Covenant Renewal Service Scripture: Mark 1:14-20 Go to: Wesley Covenant Renewal Service (written liturgy) [17:00 minute mark in the above video] Have you ever heard the philosophical query, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer is one bite at a time. One online source attributes this question to Desmond Tutu, who famously asked this question when talking about how one goes about facing large challenges. An elephant, obviously a large animal, is eaten one…

Jan 7: “Are We There Yet?”

  January 7 – Baptism of the Lord Sunday Scriptures: Mark 1:4-11; Acts 19:1-10 Growing up, our family drove to Florida at least once a year to visit my Grandpa and Grandma Wilson. The first day of driving wasn’t so bad. For one thing, we had adrenalin working for us. But mostly, during that first day, we always seemed to be flying as we made it through four states—Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee—and then stopping in a fifth, Georgia. Ticking…

Dec 3: Our Shocking Hope

  December 3: First Sunday of Advent Scriptures: Isaiah 64:1-9; Mark 13:24-37 1 to 10, how well is your life unfolding these days, that is, in regard to your plans for your life? If the quality of your life experience is at a nine or ten and pretty much everything happening as you planned and designed, then praise God! Absolutely! You’ve got a lot to be thankful for in this regard. So, be sure to express your gratitude for a…
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