Sunday Sermon Series – Faith and Repentance

Believe in the Gospel then repent: Jesus in Mark 1:15 - YouTube
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MARK 1

Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) breaks down the first chapter of Mark this way:

  • The office of John the Baptist. (1-8)
  • The baptism and temptation of Christ. (9-13)
  • Christ preaches and calls disciples. (14-22)
  • He casts out an unclean spirit. (23-28)
  • He heals many diseases. (29-39)
  • He heals a leper. (40-45)

Here in our text, Jesus is in Galilee, preaching the good news of [the kingdom of] God. He then calls His first disciples, Peter, Andrew, James, and John. What set these men apart was they had not seen the miraculous things Jesus could do, only heard His voice and heed His call. The crowds had a different agenda.

If chapter one teaches us anything, the masses followed Jesus for His wondrous acts, not His great teaching and deity. How true is that today in modern churches where emotional “worship” is the rule and Biblical-based reverent worship is considered archaic? Folks back then and today are focused on what is in it for me and not on the Holy One Himself.

That is not the true Gospel, it is not true Faith and likely did not begin with true repentance.


SERMON

Faith and Repentance Inseparable

OUR Lord Jesus Christ commences his ministry by announcing its leading commands. He cometh up from the wilderness newly anointed, like the bridegroom from his chamber; his love notes are repentance and faith. He cometh forth fully prepared for his office, having been in the desert, “tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin;” his loins are girded like a strong man to run a race. He preacheth with all the earnestness of a new zeal, combined with all the wisdom of a long preparation; in the beauty of holiness from the womb of the morning he glittereth with the dew of his youth. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth, for Messias speaketh in the greatness of his strength. He crieth unto the sons of men, “Repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Let us give our ears to these words which, like their author, are full of grace and truth. Before us we have the sum and substance of Jesus Christ’s whole teaching— the Alpha and Omega of his entire ministry; and coming from the lips of such an one, at such a time, with such peculiar power, let us give the most earnest heed, and may God help us to obey them from our inmost hearts...

Charles Haddon Spurgeon / July 13, 1862

Scripture: Mark 1:15

From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 8

Devotional Thought for Today – 04/29/2021

I woke up this morning and MHM of Prayer below was in my inbox. It led to this devotional, this one verse, in my opinion, is sufficient evidence to refute anyone who says we do not need the Old Testament. Here the Lord Himself says those Scriptures directly point the way to Him, and that is reason enough to study them.

1. The Big Picture - Jesus
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JOHN 5

In chapters 1-4 of John’s Gospel Jesus was sort of low key avoiding any public display or controversy. Here however He starts off v.1-17 with a bang (Miracle) by healing an invalid near the Bethesda pool, on the Sabbath.

If that was not enough to upset the apple cart (ruling class Jews), when they challenge Jesus under what authority He has to heal someone on the Sabbath His response is even more controversial. Instead of a simple answer, Jesus says all His authority has been given to Him by God the Father and He is equal with God the Father v.18-24.

Jesus then lays out four (4) reasons why HE has this authority, v.25-32 the coming resurrection, v.33-35, the testimony of John the Baptist, v.36, the testimony of His works, v.37-38, the testimony of the Father, and finally v.39-47, the testimony of Scripture.

Look at v.38, Jesus says to the local religious leaders, you have God’s word in front of you but not in you. He then goes on to our text for today, [h]You search and keep on searching and examining the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and yet it is those [very Scriptures] that testify about Me; (AMP).

It may sound funny but all I kept thinking or hearing in my head was that old country song Looking for love in all the wrong places. Just like the fool who can’t find his true love because he won’t look in the right place, these religious leaders search scripture looking for a King and Leader but not the Messiah before them.

In Jesus’ day, there was more “proof” of His deity than we have today in the sense that Jesus was physically there performing miracles and still He was denied and crucified. That is the problem, then and today as folks want individual proof, just because 2+2=4 does not mean I have to believe it, you have to prove it to me personally.

NO! God does not have to prove anything. He owes us nothing and we owe him everything. It’s abDevotional Thought for Today – 04/29/2021out Jesus, not us. We need to read the scripture from that point of view, we need to worship in church with that mindset, and not the want can I get out of it. Focus on Christ and the Holy Spirit will handle the rest.


Praying through John 5:39
Heavenly Father, thank You for the inspired scriptures, which point us to Christ. May we read them with understanding and be guided into all truth by Your Holy Spirit. Keep me from seeking to add to Your finished work of Calvary, through my own works of the flesh.. knowing that eternal life is only to be found by faith in Christ alone and that I am only accepted by You because I am ‘in Christ,’ and not because of anything that I could do. Praise His holy name and draw me closer to Jesus day by day – in Whose name I pray, AMEN.

Source: https://prayer.knowing-jesus.com/John/5/39


Matthew Henry's Method for Prayer

Thank God for the Scriptures

For the writing of the Scriptures and the preserving of them pure and entire to this day.

We thank you that we have the Scriptures to search, and that in them we have eternal life, for it is they that bear witness about Christ; John 5:39(ESV) and that all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16(ESV)

That whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope; Romans 15:4(ESV) and that we have this sure prophetic word, as a lamp shining in a dark place. 2 Peter 1:19(ESV)

That the vision has not become to us like the words of a book that is sealed, Isaiah 29:11(ESV) but that we hear in our own tongue the mighty works of God. Acts 2:11(ESV)

We thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that the things which you have hidden from the wise and understanding and which many prophets and kings desired to see but did not, 1 Peter 1:10(ESV) are revealed to us little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. Luke 10:21(ESV)

Sunday Sermon Series – The Man of Sorrows and Grief

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Isaiah 53

The Suffering Messiah or Servant is the Major theme of Chapter three. Matthew Henry divides it this way: The person. (1-3) sufferings. (4-9) humiliation, and exaltation of Christ, are minutely described; with the blessings to mankind from his death. (10-12)

In keeping with our ongoing Comfort for the Grieving, Hurting, and Dying Series, the above artwork was in my inbox this morning and of course, just begged to be today’s feature sermon.

Last Sunday, we returned to Lakeshore Baptist Church, Pastor Don Elborne preached a sermon from 1 Peter 2:24 & Galatians 2:20, entitled;  “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”. In it, he reminded us of the old Black spiritual of the same name. If you have never heard it, here is the 1899 version (v.1-4), the oldest known written copy as passed down and likely the closest to the original.

1 Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (were you there?)
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Oh!
Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

2 Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree? (to the tree?) Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?

3 Were you there when they pierced Him in the side? (in the side?) Were you there when they pierced Him in the side? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they pierced Him in the side?

4 Were you there when the sun refused to shine? (were you there?) Were you there when the sun refused to shine? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

5 Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb? Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb? * Added around 1907

6 Were you there when he rose from out the tomb? Were you there when he rose from out the tomb? O–sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;
Were you there when he rose from out the tomb? * Added around 1950s

No one suffered or grieved on earth more than Christ Jesus. Man cannot even begin to comprehend the weight of all sins bearing down upon him. The inability to grasp this should not deter in fact it should sour us to think about it frequently.


Sermon

The Man of Sorrows

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, March 1, 1873,

Scripture: Isaiah 53:3

From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 19


Other Resources:

Surely He Has Borne Our Griefs, John Piper

“Acquainted With Grief”, Oswald Chambers

Why is Jesus referred to as a man of sorrows in Isaiah 53:3

Made Righteous In HIM!

Daily Devotional – Blessedness

26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Luke 1:26-28

26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. LUKE 1:26-28


CONTEXT:

The passage of scripture I want to concentrate on today is v. 28b, but first an overview of of the entire section Luke 1:26-42.  The theme should be plain to all readers, the announcement of Jesus’ birth.  Here is an outline of the facts presented: 

v.26-31 God sends the angel Gabriel to Mary, a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph to tell her she is pregnant.   – We should be amazed that God sends angels to intervene in our lives. We who are all sinners, who deserve nothing be God’s wrath get instead His compassion. 

v.32-33 Gabriel foretells of  the child’s greatness the coming Christ. – Even Mary who was likely not highly educated clearly understood the implications made by Gabriel’s announcement.  She was to give birth to the promised Messiah. 

v.34 Mary responds not with I am not worthy, s be for I have never slept with a man.   – I think most of us would have expected a response like Sarah. Some stranger shows up tells you you are gong to have a baby and you have not had any form of sex EVER, you would likely laugh at them. Mary just calmly ask, how can this happen? 

v.34-37 Gabriel responds that through he power of the Holy Spirit, For with God nothing shall be impossible  this shall come to pass. So too shall your cousin Elizabeth give birth. 

v.38-42 Mary responds by going and visiting Elizabeth where she receives confirmation,  v.41 of all that is to happen. 


BREAKDOWN

Usually when something is repeated in the bible it is of special significance. So to I believe is the case here with Mary. Albeit for very different reasons than my Catholic friends of even many uninformed evangelicals today. 

And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. v.28

And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb v.42

What does it mean blessed art thou among women? First I completely agree with those that say Mary was truly blessed. After all it is hard to argue the fact out of all the folks walking the earth at that time she alone was chosen to give birth to the Messiah, the Son of God, the King of Kings. Of course Mary fit the prophesy perfectly being of the house of David, so God knew what He was doing.

Where I differ in my opinion of “Mary” is why she was blessed. Many think she was “blessed” and THEN chosen by God. But none of the biblical text supports this. Let us look at it again:

v.28: Note what Gabriel says, Mary is blessed because the Lord is with thee. It is not Mary that is special it is God that makes her (and us) special

v.42: Note what and how Elizabeth says to Mary, blessed is the fruit of thy womb.  Again context is everything Elizabeth is saying you have been blessed by God in being selected to carry the Messiah, and that Child in your womb is the Greatest Blessing of All. 

We do a disservice to God, making him co-equal to us, (what do we need a God for then anyway?) when we place the emphasis on any human above God. The miracle of the Virgin Birth and Incarnation of Christ Jesus is one to be celebrated and marveled at. We must remember that it God and always God alone we Glorify. 

 

Made Righteous In HIM!

As Isaiah foretold the Messiah would be not only ignored but completely rejected by man and so acquainted with grief He would be known as the “Man of many sorrows.”  He whom God stuck down and afflicted with our sins.

3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. Isaiah 53:3-4

  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. ISAIAH 53:3-4

Despreciado y desechado entre los hombres, varón de dolores, experimentado en quebranto; y como que escondimos de él el rostro, fue menospreciado, y no lo estimamos. Ciertamente llevó él nuestras enfermedades, y sufrió nuestros dolores; y nosotros le tuvimos por azotado, por herido de Dios y abatido. Reina-Valera 1960 (RVR1960)


Man deep in his core knows that there is a God (Romans 1:20). Some on there own will try and live a “good” life that they deem acceptable. Unfortunately they will ALWAYS fall short of the standard set forth by the righteous Holy God of all creation. 

So what is man to do, give up?  Far from it, God from before time understood man would screw up, couldn’t measure up and had a plan (Ephesians 1:11) in place for him. Christ is the plan (1 Peter 1:13-21), the only means of our being made acceptable (righteous) before God. Are you on God’s plan or your own? 

21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Al que no conoció pecado, por nosotros lo hizo pecado, para que nosotros fuésemos hechos justicia de Dios en él. Reina-Valera 1960 (RVR1960)