2018-03-11: Jesus-The Ultimate Action Hero – What Do You Really Think of Jesus?

Sermon Audio: What Do You Really Think of Jesus?
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Mark 6:1-29
Duration: 20:23
Size: 10.6 MB

Jesus: The Ultimate Action Hero
What Do You Really Think of Jesus?
Mark 6:1-29

After a string of incredible miracles where even the dead were raised, with crowds were so thick that Jesus was barely able to move, and after such great victories – surely the people of his own town would now see those words from Isaiah in a different light.

Sometimes it is the church that stands between people and understanding who Jesus is. All they can see are the imperfect people in the church and they can’t see how Jesus could be anything special.

How odd it must have been for Jesus, knowing that He held life and was giving it away freely.

When we share the gospel, we are not responsible for the outcome, but for merely supplying the message in the best way we can.

When word got to Herod he bought into number three – perhaps reacting out of guilt over having arrested and then murdered John.

Herod was swayed easily by others and Herodias uses this to her advantage when Herod gave himself a birthday party.

I think this is no accident. Mark is trying to communicate that sharing the good news of Jesus Christ can be hazardous to your health.

Don’t dismiss Jesus as nothing more than a man. You will miss an opportunity to know the most wonderful man ever born.

2018-03-04: Jesus-The Ultimate Action Hero – Do You Trust Me No Matter What?

Sermon Audio: Do You Trust Me No Matter What?
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Mark 5:21-43
Duration: 19:20
Size: 8.84 MB

Jesus: The Ultimate Action Hero
Do You Trust Me No Matter What?
Mark 5:21-43

But in times of extreme personal crisis, your position in society, the possible outcomes of siding with Jesus – they all go out the window.

So, with heavy hearts they set off to tell Jairus that not only was his daughter dead, but that he had not been there to say goodbye.

The easier thing here would be to give into the fear of death and the grief of loss, to abandon hope because death is the final end – no one comes back from the dead.

Their laughing causes them to miss the greatest miracle Jesus would perform – raising the dead.

Jesus will do the same thing to us who fall “asleep” in death as a believer. We will “wake up” and be in His presence.

God is never rushed (Jesus paused to care for the woman) and God is never late. Time isn’t important to God (though it is to us) but timing is important.

2018-02-25: Jesus-The Ultimate Action Hero – How Much Do You Long For Jesus?

Sermon Audio: How Much Do You Long For Jesus?
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Mark 5:21-34
Duration: 19:09
Size: 8.77 MB

Jesus: The Ultimate Action Hero
How Much Do You Long For Jesus?
Mark 5:21-34

Today we read about the beginning of Jesus’ encounter with Jairus, and the woman with the flow of blood.

Sometimes it takes a real crisis to bring into focus what’s important, and when brought to an end in himself, Jairus doesn’t care about public opinion or his own doubts, he wants help and knows Jesus can help heal the sick.

She has something wrong inside of her, it is doing things to her that she doesn’t want, she cannot cure it herself, and it makes her unclean, cutting her off from fellowship.

Whether He already knew who the woman was or not, the point is that He wanted her to admit to the fact that she had reached out in faith to Him.

We too have been afflicted with brokenness – an infirmity that separates us from God, the source of which cannot be seen on the outside but we do see the result.

You can’t become a Christian by hanging out with Christians or at church any more than going into a hospital makes you well.

There are plenty of thieves of robbers out there in this age. But there is only one Good Shepherd. Do you hear His voice calling you?

2018-02-18: Jesus-The Ultimate Action Hero – The Stronger Man

Sermon Audio: The Stronger Man
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Mark 5:1-20
Duration: 22:43
Size: 10.4 MB

Jesus: The Ultimate Action Hero
The Stronger Man
Mark 5:1-20

It is the ultimate mission of our ultimate action hero to spring us all from the biggest prison of all: the prison of sin that keeps us away from God.

The world paints this picture of happiness through abandon and an “if it feels good, do it” mentality. The reality behind that mask is that Satan only wants to “steal, kill, and destroy” you.

Satan and his demons have nothing in common with Jesus because in their rebellion they left all hope of ever being redeemed.

They know their fate; they are merely trying to do as much damage as possible until they are arrested, and the sentence is carried out.

For all of the enemy’s bluster, He too must submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Whatever the case, they missed the chance of an eternity to have Jesus heal and provide hope.

So the man went away and immediately began proclaiming Jesus in the Decapolis, which bore fruit as many followed Him from that region.

The common theme we are going to see in these three incidents of Jesus setting people free is that they bowed before Him. He is Lord.

Will you let Him be Lord in all of your life?

2017-01-28: Jesus-The Ultimate Action Hero – Taking The Test

Sermon Audio: Taking The Test
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Mark 4:21-41
Duration: 21:40
Size: 9.91 MB

Jesus: The Ultimate Action Hero
Taking The Test
Mark 4:21-41

Jesus lays out to them important spiritual truths that all lead in the direction of trusting and relying on Jesus and not on themselves.

Jesus is basically reiterating His earlier comment that those who will engage their minds and seek to understand, will get more understanding. But those who could care less, it will mean nothing to them.

We can impede the growth or encourage it but we do not make it happen, but it will take place as a natural course of being related to Jesus.

Now we switch back to the action mode, with our ultimate action hero taking authority over the creation itself.

How tired must Jesus have been to sleep through the pitching of the boat, and the spraying of water?

I love the way Mark laid these out – first three parables about spiritual growth then a test of that growth.

When Jesus is in your boat, you will get to the other side, though He may lead you into storms, not so you can flounder and drown but so that He can speak to you to trust, and speak to your surroundings to bring glory to God.