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.

2017-01-21: Jesus-The Ultimate Action Hero – Tilling Up The Mind

Sermon Audio: Tilling Up The Mind
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Mark 4:1-20
Duration: 21:18
Size: 9.75 MB

Jesus: The Ultimate Action Hero
Tilling Up The Mind
Mark 4:1-20

The actions demonstrate what He can do, but His words clarify and challenge people to understand who He is and what it means to be His disciple.

When it comes to learning about ultimate truth and understanding God your heart must be open to taking in, and then digesting what God is telling you.

Jesus gave out His truth in puzzles, but they are not that hard to solve if you just work on them!

There are basically four soil conditions Jesus uses to represent the various conditions of the mind that hear “the word” which is the gospel.

You can’t just glue Christianity onto the outside of your life – go to church, sing the songs, talk the talk – but not know Jesus.

If you “listen and consider” Jesus and begin to understand that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and you place yourself firmly in His hands, the gospel will bear fruit in your life.

2017-01-14: Jesus-The 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.