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Mark 1:1-8 The Beginning of the Gospel

Dr. Derek Thomas

Now this evening we begin a new series of sermons on the Gospel of Mark that should take us at least through spring and possibly into the fall of this year. We’re returning, after considering the Gospel of John last year, we're returning again to another gospel. But we've just sung those words, “I love to tell the...

Christmas Series

The Lord's Day Morning

December 11, 2011

“Receiving God's Greatest Gift”

Mark 1:1-4

The Reverend Mr. William E. Dempsey

Let me ask you to open your Bibles if you will to Mark chapter 1. We’ll give our attention this day to verses 1 through 4, the beginning of Mark's gospel. And before we do so, let's go to the Lord in prayer.

Father, You have made it plain...

Monday Morning Quarterback

Bob Woods tells the story of a couple who took their son, 11, and daughter, 7, to Carlsbad Caverns. When the tour reached the deepest point in the cavern, the guide turned off all the lights to show how utterly dark it was underground. The little girl, suddenly enveloped in utter darkness, was frightened and began to cry. Immediately her older brother spoke up. “Don’t cry. Somebody here...

One of the pleasures of being invited to preach here is you get to pick all the hymns so you’ve just sung some of my favorites and we’ll finish at the end of the service with the rich words of “Come We That Love the Lord,” an invitation to go forth with joy and to celebrate as we sing. But between here and there, there’s a calling. And...

The Gospel of Mark

According to the ancient traditions of the church, John Mark, the author of Mark’s gospel, served the church in Rome with the apostle Peter. And Mark wrote down, after Peter died, the substance of his catechesis, his teaching. And that became the first of the gospels. So when Mark wrote Mark’s gospel, he was writing something entirely novel and new. No one had ever written a gospel before...


Mark 1:9-13 A Father's Love for His Son Dr. Derek Thomas

Now turn with me once again to the Gospel of Mark, and we pick up the reading this evening in Mark 1:9, and we’ll be reading through to verse 13. Before we read the Scriptures together, let's come before God together in prayer. Let's pray.

Holy Spirit, we come and ask again that You would breathe an...

The Gospel of Mark

This morning, we turn to another part of the beginnings of Mark’s gospel as he sets the stage for the work that Jesus will perform. We’ll be thinking about His baptism and His temptation. These five verses are characteristic of the way Mark likes to write. They’re very terse and direct in the way they retell the story. If you look at Matthew’s account or Luke’s account you’ll...


Mark 1:14-28 Gone Fishing

Dr. Derek Thomas

If you have your Bible with you, and if you don't there's one in the pew just in front of you, turn with me to Mark chapter 1. And we come this evening to the verses that begin at verse 14 and all the way down to verse 28, Mark 1:14-28. Before we read the word of God together, let's come...

The Lord's Day Evening

January 17, 2010

Mark 1:14-15

“Foggy Mirror?”

The Reverend Mr. William F. Joseph III

Turn with me to Mark's gospel to the first chapter of Mark to verse 14 and verse 15. Let's pray before we read God's Word.

Father in heaven, we now have opened Your Word and we're about to read it, and then we're going to think about it. Father, we...

The Gospel of Mark

Today, however, we begin to consider Jesus’ ministry itself in a more direct fashion. And it’s fascinating, I think, I wonder if you’ll agree, that when Mark sets out to describe Jesus’ public ministry, the first thing he does is give us a summary of his preaching. Here’s why I think that’s important. As we read through Mark’s gospel and we ask the question, “Why did Jesus come...

The Gospel of Mark

And in some ways, you could say that the remainder of chapter 1 is an explanation of how that works out, what it looks like, what are the implications of this Gospel that has broken onto the scene of history good news in the person of Jesus. What will it mean for our lives? And so in verses 16 through 20, we see what it looks like, what...

The Gospel of Mark

Mark, in this opening chapter, you will remember, is introducing us to the ministry of the Lord Jesus that was beginning in the region of Galilee. In verses 14 and 15, we saw a marvelous little summary of the content of His preaching. He told all who heard Him that “the kingdom is at hand.” The King has come. The kingdom was breaking into the world, invading the...

The Gospel of Mark

You might say that this part of the chapter reads a bit like a sort of a journalistic documentary, you know, as the camera follows Jesus across the course of one whole day; one twenty-four-hour period. If you trace back to verse 21 for a moment you will see that the passage we considered last week begins on the Sabbath morning. And then, verse 29, He went directly...


The Lord's Day evening February 15, 2004

Mark 1:29-45 Keeping Quiet About Jesus

Dr. Derek Thomas

Turn with me if you would to the gospel of Mark, to chapter 1 and verse 29. And we’ll be reading through to the end of the chapter. Before we read together God's holy and inerrant word, let's look to God and ask Him for His blessing. Let's pray.

Our gracious God...

The Gospel of Mark

This is a passage that is honestly quite hard for us to understand in our relatively clean, relatively healthy, relatively affluent time and place. We have no sense of the horror that an infectious skin disease like leprosy evoked in the days when Jesus ministered in Galilee. And so one of the great dangers, as we read this passage, is to read these six verses and to see...

Chapter 2

The Gospel of Mark

We are going to examine the passage under three headings. First, in verses 1 through 5, I want you to notice the reach of grace. The reach of grace. Just how far, how deeply does it penetrate? How far does it go? What is the reach of grace as we see the paralyzed man lowered down in front of Jesus? The reach of grace. Then secondly, 6 through...


Mark 2:1-12 Roof in Need of Repair

Dr. Derek Thomas

Now turn with me to the gospel of Mark and chapter 2 We’re going to read together verses 1-12. And before we do so, let's come before God and ask the Holy Spirit for His work of illumination that we might not just be readers of the word, but that we might understand what it is He has...

The Gospel of Mark

If you were with us a few Sundays ago when last we looked together at Mark’s gospel, you will remember how with the healing of the paralyzed man, which is the story in the opening twelve verses of Mark chapter 2, a controversy begins between Jesus and the Pharisees. The Lord Jesus pronounced a word of forgiveness over the paralyzed man and the Pharisees were deeply offended. They...


The Lord's Day Evening March 14th, 2004

Mark 2:13-17 Death and Taxes!

Dr. Derek Thomas

Turn with me to the gospel of Mark and chapter two, and we come this evening to verses 13 through 17. Mark 2, beginning at verse 13. Let's pray together.

Once again, O Lord, we ask for Your blessing. We need the illumination that only the Holy Spirit can provide. Come...

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