Mark – How many loaves to you have?

Mark - How many loaves to you have? (We are not trying to answer all the questions in Mark.  But before we move on to the next study it is important to remark something on two more questions: 1.  Mark 4:38:  The disciples asked Jesus: “Teacher, don’t You care if we drown?”  This question follows … Continue reading Mark – How many loaves to you have?

Mark – What parable shall describe the Kingdom of God?

Mark - What parable shall describe the Kingdom of God? Read Mark 4:1-34 It is not before Mark 3:23 that Mark introduced a parable of Jesus Christ.  The purpose of the parables in Mark 4:1-34 is to teach us about the purpose of Gospel and how it brings about growth. (See text box below.) Mark … Continue reading Mark – What parable shall describe the Kingdom of God?

Mark – Who are my brothers?

Mark - Who are my brothers? Read Mark 3:13-35 The paragraph of verses 13-19 tells of the people our Lord called to be his apostles.  This happened on a mountainside (where the Sermon on the Mount was preached?) - it was done publicly, not in secret. Not all of the original manuscripts of the Greek … Continue reading Mark – Who are my brothers?

Born of the Holy Spirit

In his book, An Anthropologist on Mars, neurologist Oliver Sacks tells about Virgil, a man who had been blind from early childhood. When he was 50, Virgil underwent surgery and was given the gift of sight. But having the physical capacity for sight is not the same as seeing. Virgil's first experiences with sight were … Continue reading Born of the Holy Spirit

Christ, our access to God

The topic of our sermon this morning is, “Christ, our access to God.”  It’s about worshipping God, how we know we do things right worshipping Him. After attending church one Sunday morning, a little boy knelt at his bedside that night and prayed, "Dear God, we had a good time at church today - but … Continue reading Christ, our access to God

Light from eternity, life into eternity

My dear friends in the Lord, Jesus Christ, It might just be that you found yourself in the back blocks, out there in the never-never, beyond the Black Stump.  The farms there, being anything between 30,000 and 100,000 acres can easily take in everything from here to Maryborough.  It might just be that you camp … Continue reading Light from eternity, life into eternity

Spiritual prosperity depends immensely on our private devotion, and private devotion cannot nourish unless we determine that by God’s help we will make time, whatever trouble it may cost us, for thought, for prayer, for the Bible, and for private communion with Christ. Alas! That saying of our Master is sadly overlooked: 'Enter into your room and … Continue reading

Grace received, but grace despised

In the early church history a man named Marcion made an attempt to canonise the Bible - this means he tried to work out which books should be seen as authoritative and which not. Marcion was a man who measured everything by love and grace - which led him to believe that all of the … Continue reading Grace received, but grace despised

Unsearchable riches

To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, (Ephesians 3:8, NKJV) What does Paul say about himself Paul employs an emphatic comparative and superlative. He says, “I am less than the least of all saints.” … Continue reading Unsearchable riches

God’s call for covenant renewal in times of unbridled rebellion

Introduction When Martin Luther was called to appear before those who charged him, he stood alone.  All the clergy of the time, and all politicians stood against him.   It was the same in the time of Wycliffe and John Huss some years earlier.  Truth cannot be judged by the numbers of those who confess … Continue reading God’s call for covenant renewal in times of unbridled rebellion