2017-01-14: Jesus-Ultimate Action Hero – The Hero’s Power, Position, and Person

Sermon Audio: The Hero’s Power, Position, and Person
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Mark 3:7-35
Duration: 21:22
Size: 9.77 MB

Jesus: The Ultimate Action Hero
The Hero’s Power, Position, and Person
Mark 3:7-35

In this section we see four groups of people and four different reactions to Jesus.

In this case they were in the presence of the ultimate hero and finding out that touching Jesus meant healing.

The twelve were not chosen because of their faith, their backgrounds, or their abilities. They were chosen because they answered the call and would obey their master.

It’s silly as we sit on this side of the cross, but they simply couldn’t accept the fact that their brother could be anything but an ordinary person who was out of his gourd.

Everything evil you have ever thought, done, or said, is covered by the blood of Christ.

You cannot blaspheme against the Holy Spirit by accident.

In one the greatest testaments to Jesus, these same brothers became believers after the crucifixion and James even became the leader of the church in Jerusalem.

In the end each of us must come to grip with how we feel about Jesus’ power, position, and person.

2018-01-07: Jesus-The Ultimate Action Hero – The Hero’s Hostile Takeover

Sermon Audio: The Hero’s Hostile Takeover
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Mark 2:18-3:6
Duration: 20:42
Size: 9.52 MB

Jesus: The Ultimate Action Hero
The Hero’s Hostile Takeover
Mark 2:18-3:6

Now we see scenes three, four, and five – as Jesus demonstrates that the old system of man-made rules is contrary to the character of God and cannot hold His new paradigm.

Jesus next introduces the idea that the old way of rule keeping was not a part of what the Messiah was about.

The Law itself looked to the Messiah, but the men who ran Judaism were too rigid to expand to include the grace of God through Jesus Christ.

The Pharisees were so good at building fences to make sure no one violated the Sabbath that they fenced God out and fenced man in to slavish adherence of what became a silly bunch of contradictory rules.

But Jesus’ point is that discernment and compassion are more important than slavish obedience.

Keeping the rules was more important than doing good. Jesus saw a need and did something about it and it didn’t matter what day it was.

Sometimes we are so stuck in our own ways, no matter how miserable, that we miss the wonderful opportunity to jettison our way and give ourselves fully over to the Lord!

It’s amazing the lengths we sometimes go to fight against God’s love and healing.