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The Gospel of Mark

In the passage we are considering tonight, really verses 7 through 13, Jesus will call the twelve disciples together and He’s going to send them out in pairs on a mission of their own. And if you put these two sections of this chapter together, verses 1 through 6 and 7 through 13, you can see part of the point. Jesus’ reception at Nazareth and His mission in...

As you're turning there and before we read a large portion of this passage together, let me begin by asking you some of the images that went out on the various forms of modern media where it's almost as if the oceans themselves seem to turn against humanity, where nothing remains in their path, as wave after wave after wave pounds the shorelines at various places around the...

Ed asked me to speak on evangelism as we are preparing for this Missions Conference focused on developing a culture of evangelism. And so I thought this morning that I would begin by sharing with you my most recent experience in evangelism. We were in Orlando about a week ago on a sunny, Saturday morning, 75 degrees - a beautiful Florida day. And I was in the backyard...

Randy Alcorn, in one of his books, writes about a young missionary man named William Borden. William Borden was a Yale graduate, an heir to a great amount of wealth. His parents gave him everything; withheld nothing from him his whole life. After graduating college, he rejected his life of ease. He gave away almost all of his wealth and he moved to Cairo, Egypt to share the...

Now you may be asking, “Why are we looking at it again, then, if he did such a great job?” My answer is that this week you’re going to get in the mail this little booklet which is our 2019 Global Mission Conference summary. It’s going to tell you all about what’s coming in just a few weeks. I’m asking you to think about this booklet and the...

David, thank you again. And once again, thanks to you and Sheena for your warm hospitality and to this church and the missions committee. If you’ve treated your missionaries the way you’ve treated me this weekend, I know they can’t wait for next year to get back to First Presbyterian Jackson! I mean, I got to my hotel room last night and you had these cookies and all...

Before we read the text, I’d like to follow up on what Wiley said earlier at the beginning of the service. That is, our Mission Conference starts this next Sunday. Actually, we have three conferences back to back. What I mean by that is, we have a pre-conference on Friday and Saturday, which is called Gospel Renewal Dynamics for Leaders. But really, we’re all in a sphere of...

As we’ve already heard from Spence Flatgard, today is Commitment Sunday, the second Sunday in our stewardship season. And our Scripture this year was chosen because it directs our attention not so much to the means, the finances that we need to accomplish the work of the church, as it does to the vision. We want to focus on the task committed to the church by the Lord...

Well as you know, this week and next week we are taking a short break from our studies in 1 Corinthians as a part of our stewardship season, and we’ve designated this morning as Vision Sunday to think about our vision as a church, and next Sunday, Commitment Sunday, as we pledge and give toward the ministry to which we are committed. We want to do a better...

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