Chapter 1

The Beginning of the Good News

The Beginning of the Good News

September 18, 2016  |  David Robinson

Mark wrote his gospel to let us know what it means to follow Jesus. To take up our cross and follow Him is really the gospel in a nutshell.

The Beginning of the Good News

The Beginning of the Good News

September 18, 2016  |  David Robinson

Mark wrote his gospel to let us know what it means to follow Jesus. To take up our cross and follow Him is really the gospel in a nutshell.

The Signs of the Kingdom

The Signs of the Kingdom

September 25, 2016  |  Joe Boot

When Jesus calls us to His service, far from slavery, it is a gracious act in which He saves our lives.

The Signs of the Kingdom

The Signs of the Kingdom

September 25, 2016  |  Joe Boot

When Jesus calls us to His service, far from slavery, it is a gracious act in which He saves our lives.

Chapter 2

Lord of the Sabbath

Lord of the Sabbath

October 2, 2016  |  Joe Boot

The Sabbath is about God's covenantal relationship to the cosmos in which He providentially governs all things. In the Sabbath we are blessed and liberated from slavery to sin so that we may serve the living God.

Lord of the Sabbath

Lord of the Sabbath

October 2, 2016  |  Joe Boot

The Sabbath is about God's covenantal relationship to the cosmos in which He providentially governs all things. In the Sabbath we are blessed and liberated from slavery to sin so that we may serve the living God.

Chapter 3

Plundering Satan's House

Plundering Satan's House

October 9, 2016  |  Joe Boot
Jesus has power over Satan's kingdom; Christ reveals His grace by delivering people from demonic influence to serve the living God.
Plundering Satan's House

Plundering Satan's House

October 9, 2016  |  Joe Boot

Jesus has power over Satan's kingdom; Christ reveals His grace by delivering people from demonic influence to serve the living God.

Chapter 4

The Mystery of the Kingdom

The Mystery of the Kingdom

October 16, 2016  |  David Robinson

In the parable of the sower, the emphasis is on the very significant kingdom increase that stems from the faithful lives of Jesus' disciples.

The Mystery of the Kingdom

The Mystery of the Kingdom

October 16, 2016  |  David Robinson

In the parable of the sower, the emphasis is on the very significant kingdom increase that stems from the faithful lives of Jesus' disciples.

Calming the Storm

Calming the Storm

October 23, 2016  |  Joe Boot
The focus of Scripture is the redemption of all of life in the person of Jesus. The miracles related in the gospels are designed to advance the redemptive story.
Calming the Storm

Calming the Storm

October 23, 2016  |  Joe Boot

The focus of Scripture is the redemption of all of life in the person of Jesus. The miracles related in the gospels are designed to advance the redemptive story.

Chapter 5

Do Not Fear, Only Believe

Do Not Fear, Only Believe

October 30, 2016  |  David Robinson

Though we encounter death, we do not need to fear when Jesus is with us. Resurrection is part of the mystery of the kingdom of God which Jesus is revealing.

Do Not Fear, Only Believe

Do Not Fear, Only Believe

October 30, 2016  |  David Robinson
Though we encounter death, we do not need to fear when Jesus is with us. Resurrection is part of the mystery of the kingdom of God which Jesus is revealing.

Chapter 6

Mission and Martyrdom

Mission and Martyrdom

November 6, 2016  |  Joe Boot

The righteous represent God's justice to a culture in rebellion; thus they are feared and must be eradicated.

Mission and Martyrdom

Mission and Martyrdom

November 6, 2016  |  Joe Boot
The righteous represent God's justice to a culture in rebellion; thus they are feared and must be eradicated.
Provision and Power

Provision and Power

November 13, 2016  |  Joe Boot

Jesus was the living bread who came down from heaven to restore our humanity to its original purpose.

Provision and Power

Provision and Power

November 13, 2016  |  Joe Boot

Jesus was the living bread who came down from heaven to restore our humanity to its original purpose.

Chapter 7

Holiness and Hypocrisy

Holiness and Hypocrisy

November 20, 2016  |  David Robinson
Jesus says it is a higher priority to honour your father and mother with your money than it is to will your estate to the church.
Holiness and Hypocrisy

Holiness and Hypocrisy

November 20, 2016  |  David Robinson

Jesus says it is a higher priority to honour your father and mother with your money than it is to will your estate to the church.

The Healing of Nations

The Healing of Nations

January 1, 2017  |  Steven Martins

When Jesus visits the region of Tyre and Sidon in Mark 7 and 8 he goes from being in the midst of the Jews to being in the midst of the Gentiles. This is the foreshadowing of the future mission to the Gentiles and the anticipated renewal of Creation subject to our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Healing of Nations

The Healing of Nations

January 1, 2017  |  Steven Martins
When Jesus visits the region of Tyre and Sidon in Mark 7 and 8 he goes from being in the midst of the Jews to being in the midst of the Gentiles. This is the foreshadowing of the future mission to the Gentiles and the anticipated renewal of Creation subject to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Chapter 8

Seeing and Believing

Seeing and Believing

January 8, 2017  |  David Robinson
Like the Pharisees Peter saw the issue of Christ's identity in man-centred terms. To follow Jesus means to deny our own interests and to prioritize His interests.
Seeing and Believing

Seeing and Believing

January 8, 2017  |  David Robinson

Like the Pharisees Peter saw the issue of Christ's identity in man-centred terms. To follow Jesus means to deny our own interests and to prioritize His interests.

Double Vision or Second Sight?

March 4, 2012  |  Scott Masson

Seeing the cross as a symbol of humiliation and defeat, Peter's response was to oppose God's plan of salvation. Having in mind the things of God, we see the cross as part of God's rescue plan.

Chapter 9

The Transfiguration and the Hope of Glory

March 11, 2012  |  David Robinson

We have a citizenship in heaven. When Christ returns, He will transform our lowly bodies to be like His glorious body.

Scripture: Mark 9:1-29
Glory and Power

Glory and Power

January 15, 2017  |  Joe Boot

The transfiguration unveiled the nature of Christ's kingdom glory. In an age of unbelief we must act on our faith in the victory of Christ over all things.

Glory and Power

Glory and Power

January 15, 2017  |  Joe Boot
The transfiguration unveiled the nature of Christ's kingdom glory. In an age of unbelief we must act on our faith in the victory of Christ over all things.

The Servant King

March 18, 2012  |  Scott Masson
In the Church's mission to the world, health, welfare, and education are priorities. Through Christ's power is real service and healing.
Greatness in the Kingdom

Greatness in the Kingdom

January 22, 2017  |  Joe Boot

When we selflessly serve the needs of others, we embody God's ministerial authority. Kingdom service is true greatness because behind kingdom service is the omnipotent power of God.

The Servant King

March 18, 2012  |  Scott Masson

In the Church's mission to the world, health, welfare, and education are priorities. Through Christ's power is real service and healing.

Chapter 10

A Question about Divorce

A Question about Divorce

January 29, 2017  |  Joe Boot
Marriage is rooted in God's creation norms; in a world tainted by sin Jesus calls us to be faithful in marriage, persevering through challenges.
A Question about Divorce

A Question about Divorce

January 29, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Marriage is rooted in God's creation norms; in a world tainted by sin Jesus calls us to be faithful in marriage, persevering through challenges.

Inheriting Eternal Life

Inheriting Eternal Life

February 5, 2017  |  David Robinson

Wealth makes a claim on your life; if your whole identity is tied to your wealth, you cannot give it up to become a disciple of Jesus.

Inheriting Eternal Life

Inheriting Eternal Life

February 5, 2017  |  David Robinson
Wealth makes a claim on your life; if your whole identity is tied to your wealth, you cannot give it up to become a disciple of Jesus.
Superhero Mythology and Religion
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Superhero Mythology and Religion

June 21, 2016  |  Steven Martins

The surging popularity of the superhero genre testifies to man's innate recognition of his own fallenness, as well as the humanistic impulse to improve ourselves on our own terms, effecting our own salvation.

Topic: Culture
Scripture: Mark 10:18
On the Road to Jerusalem

On the Road to Jerusalem

February 12, 2017  |  Russ Hiebert

Jesus faced suffering resolutely because He found strength in drawing close to God: Jesus had been in God's presence in prayer; He knew Scriptures had to be fulfilled; and it was His delight to do the Father's will.

On the Road to Jerusalem

On the Road to Jerusalem

February 12, 2017  |  Russ Hiebert
Jesus faced suffering resolutely because He found strength in drawing close to God. Jesus had been in God's presence in prayer. He knew Scriptures had to be fulfilled. It was His delight to do the Father's will.

Chapter 11

Jesus and the Temple

Jesus and the Temple

February 19, 2017  |  Joe Boot

The temple simultaneously represents our own hearts, the church of Christ, and the whole earth. Jesus will cleanse and restore everything.

Jesus and the Temple

Jesus and the Temple

February 19, 2017  |  Joe Boot
The temple simultaneously represents our own hearts, the church of Christ, and the whole earth. Jesus will cleanse and restore everything.

The Day of God's Visitation

April 1, 2012  |  David Robinson

The temple sermon is a warning to us, that our churches do not become a den of robbers, listen to the lying pen of scholars, or proclaim a false peace.

Chapter 12

Love Thy Neighbour

Love Thy Neighbour

November 17, 2016  |  Joe Boot

Implicit in the command to love our neighbour is the understanding that the gospel has social and cultural implications. Loving our neighbour precludes the possibility of a strictly personal, private religion.

Topic: Theology
Scripture: Mark 12:31