Saturday, March 4, 2017

Introduction to Mark

The Gospel of Mark: God’s Kingdom Is Here!

Author: John Mark was related to Barnabas and a traveling companion to Paul (see Acts 13:1-5; 15:36-41; Col. 4:10; 2 Tim. 4:11). Mark also served with Peter and most think that the Gospel of Mark records Peter’s perspective on Jesus’ life.

Date and Setting: First century, early to mid 60’s. Written to Christians in Rome under threat from growing persecution. Many believe that that Mark was the first Gospel written and that Matthew and Luke independently may have used Mark as a source.

Theme and Purpose: Mark presents the historical facts about Jesus in an objective and concise manner in order to promote loyalty to Him. Mark is also about being a disciple of Jesus, following Him in suffering and mission.

Noteworthy Characteristics and Impressions
·      *The shortest of the Gospels and perhaps the earliest.
·      *The disciples confess that Jesus is Lord, the “Son of God.”
·      *The kingdom of God is here as evidenced by Jesus’ authority over nature, disease, and demons.
·      *A Passion story, 6 of 16 chapters are dedicated to the final 8 days of Jesus’ life.
·      *A book of action, fast-paced and action-packed. “Immediately” is used 41 times in Mark.
·      *A focus on Jesus’ miracles (19 in Mark) rather than His teachings.
·      *Jesus attracts large crowds who seek Him out. The people respond to Jesus with amazement or astonishment about 20 times.
·      *Those closest to Jesus reject Him, His hometown and family.
·      *The Messianic Secret: Jesus’ tendency to command people not to tell anyone who He is.
·      *Discipleship themes: (1) Following Jesus, the term “follow” appears 17 times in Mark. (2) Jesus spends time alone with the disciples, about 20 times. (3)Discipleship involves service, sacrifice, and suffering.
·       *The Gospel with the puzzling ending (16:8). The “Jesus story” continues on through the faithful witness of His disciples.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Created to Glorify God!

If we have been created by God to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever, what could be more important than our worship of the Lord? Beginning Sunday, February 12th we will take a few weeks to focus on some passages of Scripture that inform "How We Worship." Join us at Carrollwood Baptist Church where all are welcomed! Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Bible studies for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m. Look forward to seeing you at CBC this Sunday!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017

"Getting Your Finances in Order" (1/22/2017 Message)

“Getting Your Finances in Order”
Money does fly! "Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” Proverbs 23:5

Do you find your money making uncharted flights to places you can't recall? If so, you may need to get your finances in order. Tomorrow, January 22nd during our morning Worship Service at Carrollwood Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m., I will sharing some very practical biblical principles on managing our finances. This would be a great time to invite someone to worship since this is such a common area where we all probably struggle at times. Look forward to seeing you for worship!

Pastor Joe

Friday, January 13, 2017

Sunday's Message, "Get Your House in Order"

“Get Your House in Order”

There once was a good king named Hezekiah. One of his trusted advisers was a prophet, a spokesman for God named Isaiah. Isaiah came to him one day with some bad news, Hezekiah would soon die. And so he told Hezekiah, “Put your house in order, because you will die; you will not recover” (2 Ki. 20:1, my emphasis). What do you do when the doctor tells you that you only have three (3) months to live? Hezekiah was stunned and began to pray and weep before God, he put his house in order, he prayed, and God was merciful to him and gave him fifteen more years.

“Get your house in order,” it’s an expression we use to say that “we are going to arrange our affairs, we are going to make some changes, we are going to work on some areas of our life.” Over the next two Sundays (1/15 and 1/22), I’ll be dealing with some areas of our lives that may need to be put in order in 2017, areas like our walk with the Lord, applying God’s Word to our lives, making peace in our relationships, and getting our finances in order.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey of getting your house in order, for the glory of God and for your good. All are welcomed at Carrollwood Baptist Church where Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Bible studies for all ages is at 9:15 a.m.

Look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Pastor Joe
I thank my God every time I remember you.” Philippians 1:3

Saturday, January 7, 2017

This Sunday's Sermon at Carrollwood Baptist Church (1/8/2017)

A Singular Resolution, “I Press On”
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.Philippians 3:12, NIV

This is the season of New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you focus on a couple of areas each year, or perhaps you’ve already left your 2017 resolutions behind altogether. I recently heard someone describing that the key to successfully keeping your new year’s resolutions is to set goals that are achievable and measurable. Otherwise, you will soon get discouraged and give up. And that your goals should tie in to a greater purpose in life. The same is true of our spiritual life. At times we set goals that are worthy but we get discouraged soon after we make them.

Having dreams, godly goals and desires is a good thing. Paul lived out the Christian faith with about as much diligence and intensity as a person could. But even though Paul was serious about finishing well as a Christian, he never seemed to lose the joy of the journey of faith. Paul successfully lived with the tension of the “now” and the “not yet.” What I mean is that Paul maintained the right perspective in life. He knew that he had not arrived in the Christian life but that did not discourage him at all, he knew the best was yet to come. And this motivated him to “press on.”

“Pressing on” this year means that I acknowledge that I have a long way to go and that’s ok. “I’m not there yet, but I want to be.” In Philippians chapter three, we discover that “The Christian finds fulfillment by holding to the perspective of not having arrived in the Christian life while simultaneously pressing on toward the goal of becoming like Christ in everything.”

This Sunday during worship we will look at what it means to have a singular resolve to “press on” towards the goal of becoming like Christ in everything. That is a resolution worth keeping! All are welcomed at Carrollwood Baptist Church where our Sunday morning Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Life-changing Bible studies for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m.

Looking forward to seeing you and worshiping with the family of God at CBC this Sunday!

Pastor Joe
I thank my God every time I remember you.” Philippians 1:3