Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sermon Text for Sunday, August 1, 2010 (Mark 12:28-34)

Mark 12:28-34 (New International Version)

The Greatest Commandment
28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?"
29 "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'
31 The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'There is no commandment greater than these."
32 "Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him.
33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."
34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.

For His Glory!
Pastor Joe

Monday, July 19, 2010

Sermon Text for Sunday, July 25, 2010 (Mark 12:18-27)

This Sunday we will continue in our study of the Gospel of Mark with an interesting text that raises a variety of theological questions. For instance, what kind of relationships do we experience after this life in heaven? What does the Bible say about the nature of our resurrected state? And what does this text say to us about how we interpret God's Word. Obviously, according to Jesus the Sadducees were in error concerning their interpretation of Scripture. Are there some principles that Jesus offers us for correctly interpreting God's Word? I hope that you will join us this Sunday for worship as we open God's Word to hear a word from beyond ourselves, a word of life.

For His Glory!
Pastor Joe

Mark 12:18-27 (New International Version)

18 Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.

19 "Teacher," they said, "Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and have children for his brother.

20 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children.

21 The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third.

22 In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too.

23 At the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?"

24 Jesus replied, "Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?

25 When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.

26 Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the book of Moses, in the account of the bush, how God said to him, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'?

27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!"

Monday, July 12, 2010

An Overview of Calvinism This Sunday, July 18th at 6:00 p.m.

There has been much discussion on the subject of Calvinism the last few years in Southern Baptist life. Just what is Calvinism? How does Calvinism relate to the Bible? What's the history of Baptists and Calvinism? This Sunday, July 18th at 6:00 p.m., I will present an overview of the doctrine of Calvinism. Hopefully, I will be able to shed some light on the main teachings of Calvinism and relate them to our historic Baptist understanding of Scripture. The format for this presentation will allow for your questions, so come with your questions and an open mind.

I hope to see you this Sunday.

For His Glory!
Pastor Joe

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sermon Text for Sunday, July 11, 2010

Mark 10:1-12 (New International Version)

1 Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them.

2 Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"

3 "What did Moses command you?" he replied.

4 They said, "Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away."

5 "It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law," Jesus replied.

6 "But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.'[a]

7 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,[b]

8 and the two will become one flesh.'[c] So they are no longer two, but one.

9 Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."

10 When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this.

11 He answered, "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her.

12 And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery."


a. Mark 10:6 Gen. 1:27
b. Mark 10:7 Some early manuscripts do not have and be united to his wife.
c. Mark 10:8 Gen. 2:24