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March 27, 2014

Mark Study for Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mark Study for Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mark 11:1-11 is the opening segment to the last section of Mark’s Gospel. Chapters 11-16, which comprise a third of the book, record the key events surrounding the last seven days of Jesus’ life. The weighted emphasis put upon Jesus’ last week highlights how important those events have on for grasping the meaning of Jesus’ life and mission.

Mark 11:1-11, which narrates the first day of Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, is one episode with three scenes. Ever since 8:27, Jesus and His disciples had been “on the way” to Jerusalem. They have now arrived. The first scene (11:1-7) records the preparations that lead up to Jesus’ arrival. The second scene (11:8-10) reports the Passover festivities that were occurring at the time of Jesus’ arrival. The third scene (11:11) is the brief account of Jesus appearing at the Temple upon His arrival.

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June 4, 2013

How Does the Gospel Change Marriage?

How Does the Gospel Change Marriage?

God gifts followers of Christ with much grace; God calls followers of Christ to reflect much grace. Grace teaches us and changes us. One of the areas of life that we should be ever increasingly evidencing the difference that the grace of Christ makes in our lives is in our marriages. We can be tempted to think about our challenges in marriage in terms of what changes our spouse needs to make; however, Christ always first calls us to consider the changes we need to make. The grace of Christ calls and enables us to face our own selfishness, self-service, and self-righteousness.

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May 30, 2013

Who Does God Call to Do the Work of Ministry in a Local Church?

Who Does God Call to Do the Work of Ministry in a Local Church?

As a church, our mission is to regroup together so that we might be readied for the Great Commission work of reaching out and remaining with. God calls each of his followers to reach out to those who have not confessed Christ calling them to follow the Lord in light of the Gospel’s truth. God also calls each of his followers to remain with those who have confessed Christ calling them to continue following Christ in light of the Gospel’s truth. Pastors and church leaders are particularly called to equip church members for the work or reaching out and remaining with.

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May 28, 2013

How Does God Use the Work of Parenting to Grow Us?

How Does God Use the Work of Parenting to Grow Us?

In recent blogs I have referenced how parents are called to disciple their children. God uses parents in the training and nurturing processes to introduce children to Christ and then to help them grow in Christ. But are children the only ones who can experience growth as a result of parenting? How does God use the work of parenting to grow parents? Just as God uses our marriages to shape His children into the image of Christ, God also uses our parenting for shaping us into the image of Christ.

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May 23, 2013

Who Is Best Suited to Disciple Children?

Who Is Best Suited to Disciple Children?

On the one hand, trained professionals might be best suited to train children; after all, the professionals have been properly oriented in the needed skills and expertise. However, trained professionals are not the best suited as the primary trainers of children; parents are. It may not seem the most efficient, but God has entrusted to parents the primary task of discipling their children. Wouldn’t you think that since God loves children so much, He wouldn’t assign their spiritual development to parents unless He was convinced that was the best route?

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May 23, 2013

Preparing For FBC Saint Peters Gathered, May 26, 2013

This weekend at FBC Saint Peters we will regroup in order to be readied for reaching out and remaining with. To that end, we are continuing our series Doxology: Doctrines for our Discipleship with the third of a three-part emphasis looking at the doctrine of Scripture entitled, Bibliology: The Glory of God Expressed in the [...]

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May 21, 2013

What Does Genuine Christianity Look Like?

What Does Genuine Christianity Look Like?

Biblical Christianity is rooted in the historical truth concerning the Lord Jesus Christ who died and rose again. However, merely assenting to the truths of Christianity does not fully capture what it means to be a Christian. The truths concerning the Lord Jesus Christ have practical effect on those who are Christian. Christianity is practically seen in Christians. But what are some of the practical marks of Christianity? Love and holiness are two essential marks.

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May 16, 2013

How Can Remaining With Prepare Us for Reaching Out?

How Can Remaining With Prepare Us for Reaching Out?

We are called to be in the world but not of it. Followers of Christ are somewhat alien to this present evil age; we are citizens of the age to come who, nevertheless, live amidst this present age. Our churches should be reflective of the culture that is to come and thus, counter-cultural to the world around us. As we remain with each other in distinctly Christian ways we are being prepared to reach out with love, grace, maturity, and truth.

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May 14, 2013

How Should the Gospel Create Community and Dispel Our Fragmentation?

How Should the Gospel Create Community and Dispel Our Fragmentation?

Jesus is our Peace; His work on the Cross obliterates all barriers that hinder true community. Followers of Christ are called to remain with each other in community with one another. However, the forging of community, even among God’s people, is fraught with much potential peril. We can forget the unity that Christ has established by building our lives and our identity around a cause other than the Lord Jesus Christ.

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May 9, 2013

How Should We Parent Our Children to Live In Light of the Gospel?

How Should We Parent Our Children to Live In Light of the Gospel?

Parenting is a particular kind discipleship. Moms and dads are called to love their sons and daughters. Part of loving children involves pointing them to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and to follow the Lord Jesus Christ as a disciple who learns to share Christ with others. As parents model both being shaped by the grace of God and thus being sent to spread the Gospel, children, in turn, can be better shaped by the grace of God and thus compelled to spread the Gospel.

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