Like One of the Prophets

Who is Jesus?  As we’ve looked at Mark, we’ve already said that this is one of the central questions that’s being asked.  We find in this passage, that people at that time were asking that question and coming up with various answers, all associated with the prophetic history of Israel.  As we look at their answers, especially in the context of Christ’s message of repentance, we’ll find that Christ came as the ultimate, final, prophet.

Passage: Mark 6:14-29
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 06/08/2008 in Novato, CA.

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They Went Out and Preached that People Should Repent

This passage shows Jesus and his disciples on a revolution — they are out with a radical message and an urgent mission. As we look at this passage, we’ll learn more about that message and how Jesus and his disciples are getting that message out. We’ll see how people respond to this message in this passage. And as we look at Jesus and his disciples sharing this message, we’ll see that we too are both recipients of this message and those entrusted to carry this message forward to the world — we are all part of this revolution of hearts and souls!

Passage: Mark 6:1-13
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 06/01/2008 in Novato, CA.

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Daughter, Your Faith Has Made You Well

Last week we looked at this same passage, but focused on the story of Jairus and his daughter.  This week we will focus on the woman with the flow of blood in verses 25-34.  We consider her faith as she came to Jesus.  And as we look at the faith of this woman with the flow of blood, I want us to think about our own faith as well.  Last week we talked about responding in faith amidst trials.  This week I want us to think about what that faith looks like.  Do we go to Jesus first, or somewhere else?  And do we go to Jesus in the ways that he tells us to, or with our own made up approach?  So let’s dig into this passage and we’ll flush out these questions as we consider this woman and her faith, and more importantly, as we consider Jesus’ ministry to her.

Passage: Mark 5:21-43
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 05/25/2008 in Novato, CA.

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Do Not Be Afraid — Only Believe

Are you too proud to ask for help? Sometimes success and prestige can make us so prideful, that when we need help, we are often reluctant to ask for it. If you are use to being a leader or a person of influence, it can be hard to admit that you need help. And yet, sometimes, no matter how hard we try to act tough, no matter how strong we might try to stand in the face of adversity, sometimes the trial is too much. Sometimes we find ourselves broken and hurting, unable to do anything about it.

This morning we’ll look at this account of Jairus and the miraculous resurrection of his daughter. We’ll see how Jairus in this difficult trial in the life of his family, had to cast away his fears and find help and hope in Jesus. As a leader, he was not immune to the trials that go on in life, but when the trial came, he had the wisdom to get help. He placed his faith and trust in Jesus. And as we look at this faith of Jairus, we’ll see how we too need to fix our faith on Jesus, finding hope in him, even when things seem hopeless.

Passage: Mark 5:21-43
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 05/18/2008 in Novato, CA.
Other Scripture Readings: 2 Samuel 12:13-23; 2 Corinthians 4:7-18

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