Nov 20, 2016
Chain Breaker and Difference Maker
Series: MARK
If you've ever felt like your struggles would never end; if you've ever felt like all hope was gone and you lack purpose in life--run to Jesus.  The One who calms the raging sea can calm the storm that is raging within you.  Listen to today's message as Pastor Stephen teaches about Jesus setting this captive free from the demons that oppressed him.  The Legion was no match for the authority and power of the God-Man who traversed the raging sea to destroy the works of the devil.  As his disciples struggled to figure out just who Jesus was, the demons rightly revealed his true identity as "Jesus, Son of the Most High God."  Once you encounter the Christ and come to Him in faith, He will be your Chain Breaker and Difference Maker as He sets you free and puts you on a mission to share his message of mercy about the great things He has done for you.
 
Mark 5:1-20 (ESV)
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  • Nov 20, 2016Chain Breaker and Difference Maker
    Nov 20, 2016
    Chain Breaker and Difference Maker
    Series: MARK
    If you've ever felt like your struggles would never end; if you've ever felt like all hope was gone and you lack purpose in life--run to Jesus.  The One who calms the raging sea can calm the storm that is raging within you.  Listen to today's message as Pastor Stephen teaches about Jesus setting this captive free from the demons that oppressed him.  The Legion was no match for the authority and power of the God-Man who traversed the raging sea to destroy the works of the devil.  As his disciples struggled to figure out just who Jesus was, the demons rightly revealed his true identity as "Jesus, Son of the Most High God."  Once you encounter the Christ and come to Him in faith, He will be your Chain Breaker and Difference Maker as He sets you free and puts you on a mission to share his message of mercy about the great things He has done for you.
     
    Mark 5:1-20 (ESV)
  • Nov 13, 2016A Rude Awakening
    Nov 13, 2016
    A Rude Awakening
    Series: MARK
     
    If you've ever found yourself in the middle of a raging storm in your life, never forget that Jesus is right there with you fulfilling his promise that he will never leave you nor forsake you. In the story of Jesus sailing with his disciples to the Gerasenes, a mighty tempest tossed these seasoned sailors about the boat, as their faith was displaced by fear and they lashed out at our sleeping Savior who was resting peacefully in the stern.
     
    They gave Jesus a rude awakening even as he was demonstrating a deep and abiding faith in the protecting hand of his Father--as his disciples' faith was tested in troubled waters. When they cried out for Jesus to save them, Jesus released words of peace to still the storm and leave these men questioning: "Who is this man that even the wind and the sea obey?"
     
    This is the question that we must get right if we are to "go across with him to the other side" as verse 35 proclaims. Who is Jesus to you? Put your faith in Him, and trust in Christ alone to deliver you from the storms of this world. This passage also puts the humanity and deity of Jesus on full display for all the world to see.
     
    Mark 4:35-41 (ESV)
  • Nov 6, 2016Making a Lot out of a Little
    Nov 6, 2016
    Making a Lot out of a Little
    Series: MARK
    "With what shall we compare the kingdom of God?" was the question at hand.  Among all the things in Creation that Jesus could have chosen for the purpose of comparison, Jesus compared the kingdom of God to a mustard seed.  That's right, a mustard seed--the least of all seeds.  This particular seed would start with microscopic beginnings and continue to mature and grow exponentially into a tree-like plant with branches that offer all the birds of the air rest in its shade.  Listen to today's sermon and see how Jesus foreshadows the spread of Christianity that will eventually culminate in a Millenial and eternal rest for all the nations (all the birds) that will be found together singing the praises of God.
    Mark 4:30-34 (ESV)
  • Oct 30, 2016Sowing, Knowing, and Growing
    Oct 30, 2016
    Sowing, Knowing, and Growing
    Series: MARK
    What if a farmer was paralyzed by the fear of not having a successful harvest, and actually made the decision not to sow any seed?  Because after all,  what if it rains too much?  What if it doesn't rain enough?  What if pests come to destroy his crop?  What if...what if...what if?  The one thing we know, is that this farmer can be sure that if he doesn't sow any seeds, he will certainly not see a harvest.  A farmer must sow seed if he expects the seed to take root and bear fruit.  The farmer isn't responsible for causing the seed to grow, but he is responsible for sowing the seed.  The same is true for Christ followers: we must sow the seed of the gospel message into all soil types (all people) and trust that God will cause the seed to grow and produce a bountiful harvest.  Listen to this week's message as Pastor Stephen explains Jesus first' parable of the sower and the two parables that follow regarding Sowing, Knowing, and Growing.
     
    Mark 4:1-29 (ESV)
  • Oct 23, 2016Redefining the Family
    Oct 23, 2016
    Redefining the Family
    Series: MARK
    In today's message, Pastor Stephen breaks down one of Jesus' "hard sayings" when Jesus asked in Mark 3:31-35, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" and then proceeded to point out that those "who do the will of [His] Father are [His] brother and sister and mother".  Since Scripture teaches that Jesus has already done the work for our salvation, how can Jesus say that a condition of being in the family of God is based upon us "doing" anything?  Listen to today's sermon, as Jesus redefines family lines in 1st century Palestine, and then apply the lessons learned to your lives.
     
  • Oct 16, 2016The Unforgivable Sin and The Division Within
    Oct 16, 2016
    The Unforgivable Sin and The Division Within
    Series: MARK
    Is it something I've said?  Is it something I've done?  What sin could be so bad that God would never forgive me for it, judge me righteously, and cast me into a pit of eternal flames designed for the devil and his demons?  Listen to today's message and learn about what many call "the unforgivable sin".  Matthew 12 and Mark 3 are parallel accounts that place Jesus' words in their proper context.  Listen, repent, and believe the Good News!  Our God is for you, and He sent His Son to Save you from ALL your sins!
     
  • Oct 2, 2016The Crowd, The Christ, and The Called
    Oct 2, 2016
    The Crowd, The Christ, and The Called
    Series: MARK
    "You always come running when you want something," is more than a popular saying--for too many, it's a reality of life.  We see this expression ring true in the lives of the crowd members that flocked to Jesus in his earthly ministry.  Many were drawn to him from diverse places.  Some...because they sought healing, others to be liberated from demonic oppression, and others yet because they wanted to see a miracle take place.  Jesus always attracted crowds wherever he went--and it seems that not much has changed in two thousand years.  We should come to Jesus...not because we want something from him, but because we want him.
     
    Many people today claim to be Jesus followers, but most demonstrate that they are really more fans than followers.  Listen to today's message, reflect on your personal walk with Christ, and determine where you are in your Christian journey.  Are you a fan (a part of the crowd who sits on the sidelines and never gets in the game) or are you a follower (a part of the committed core) who is willing to spend time with him, share the Gospel, and do so in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Faith must be accompanied by action; our belief must never be divorced from our willingness to follow Jesus.  Listen, learn, and apply the tenets of today's message to impact the world around you.
     
    Mark 3:7-21 (ESV)
     
  • Sep 25, 2016Empty Stomachs, Hardened Hearts, and Withered Hands
    Sep 25, 2016
    Empty Stomachs, Hardened Hearts, and Withered Hands
    Series: MARK
    As Jesus dined with sinners and tax collectors, the scribes of the Pharisees peered through the windows with disdain and challenged Jesus for feasting while they were fasting.  They demanded to know why he would eat with such sinners, and Jesus responded by reminding them that no one should be fasting when the bridegroom was celebrating with his friends.  The question should not have been why wasn't Jesus fasting.  The true question was why weren't the Pharisees feasting in the presence of the Messiah.
     
    Jesus would go on to level the list of rules that the Pharisees added to God's Law, and Jesus would point the Pharisees back to the intent of the Law.  From the illustrations of the unshrunk cloth to the new wineskins, Jesus was making sure the Pharisees new that their old religous rituals and traditions were perfectly fulfilled in Christ's coming.  Jesus was teaching that Judaism must give way to Christianity.  For it is in Christ Jesus, we can enter our Sabbath rest from the rigid rules made by man.  God's law was and is as perfect as his love, and Jesus was the perfect emodiment of both.
     
    Mark 2:18-28, 3:1-6  ESV
    Isaiah 58:1-13 NLT
     
     
  • Sep 18, 2016Don’t Miss the Point!
    Sep 18, 2016
    Don’t Miss the Point!
    Series: MARK
    Have you ever said something or done something that was so intentional and so obvious that you didn't want the other person to miss the point, and yet they still missed it?  This happened time and time again with the scribes of the Pharisees as they interacted with Jesus throughout the Scriptures.  In today's message, Pastor Stephen shares how Jesus desired to make it known that He was God, that He had the authority to forgive sins, and that his greatest mission was to reach and save the lost.  From a man on his mat to a man in his tax booth, Jesus calls each of us to rise up and walk in the newness of life as we follow him.  As the church, we too must get off our MATS and be willing to follow him in order to carry his message of hope and healing to the ends of the earth.  We must engage our culture with the Gospel without compromising who we are in Christ Jesus.  We must love God and love others because He first loved us.
     
    Mark 2:5-17 (ESV)
  • Sep 11, 2016From a Leper’s Cry to Friends on High
    Sep 11, 2016
    From a Leper’s Cry to Friends on High
    Series: MARK
    Have you ever felt like no one cared, or like your life didn't amount to much?  Have you ever felt isolated and alone, as you longed for someone to touch you and make all things well?  You're not alone.  Listen to today's message where Pastor Stephen shares of a leper's cry to kneel before Jesus and ask him if He would make him well--to then feel Jesus touch him and respond by saying, "I am willing."
     
    Are you willing to kneel before Jesus or carry your friends to him so they too could experience true healing?  Listen to what it means to have an active faith, demonstrated by "doing" what His Word commands us--as we travel any road, overcome any obstacle, and pay any price to follow Jesus--even when it means that sacrificially serving and loving others will come at a personal cost to us.
     
    Mark 1:40-45, 2:1-12