I Am Willing — Be Cleansed!

Passage: Mark 1:40-45
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 02/17/2008 in Novato, CA.
Other Scripture Readings: Leviticus 13:45-46; Hebrews 13:10-13

Have you ever felt like an outcast?  In our passage for today, we see a leper who would have surely been just that – an outcast.  Among Israel, according to the Old Testament Law, lepers had to live alone outside the camp, away from everyone else, and wherever they went they would have to cry out “Unclean! Unclean!” as a warning to any around them.  And as we look at this passage and see Jesus heal this leper, we’ll see how this beautifully shows forth the nature of the kingdom which Jesus was bringing.  And we’ll see how the cleansing of this leper look forwards to the cleansing that Jesus would bring on the cross for all of us – for we all are ultimately outcasts from God because of our sinful rebellion.

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For this Purpose I Have Come Forth

Passage: Mark 1:14-45
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 02/10/2008 in Novato, CA.

Jesus had a plan and purpose in his ministry.  And as we study this passage today, we get a great glimpse of that purpose.  Verse 38 records Jesus talking explicitly about his purpose for coming when he says, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” This chapter introduces what Jesus’ purpose in ministry was, by illustrating what Jesus was typically doing in his ministry. This chapter also shows a danger and threat to Jesus ministry, and by looking at that we’ll also get a better idea of his purpose in ministry.

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Follow Me

Passage: Mark 1:16-20
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 02/03/2008 in Novato, CA.

Today we begin a series on the gospel of Mark.  Now, we in a sense began this series last month, on my first Sunday here, when I preached from Mark 1:1-15.  That was the Sunday before Christmas so I preached a Christmas sermon and also a sermon about the start of ministry.  Today, as we resume and start afresh in Mark, we’ll be focusing on verses 16-20 where Jesus calls his first disciples.  Of course, seeing Jesus call his first disciples is another great sort of introduction to this book.  Because as we look at this calling of the first disciples, we cannot help but think about our own call to be disciples of Christ, and we cannot help but look forward to what the book of Mark will teach us about what it means to be a disciple of Christ.

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Members United as One Body in Christ

Passage: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 01/27/2008 in Novato, CA.

The last several weeks we have been talking about Christ’s vision for his church. We’ve talked a lot about the ministry of the church. We’ve said that this ministry needs to be an ordinary means of grace ministry. And one thing that has been a bit assumed as we’ve talked about the church is that the church is made up of members. A biblical vision of the church sees that the church is made up of believers who are united together in Christ.  Paul in this passage gives us a picture of biblical church membership, using the illustration of the human body.

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