Pastor Geoff Kirkland preaches Mark 4:1-20 on the well-known parable of the soils. The key to this parable is: "How do you hear God's Word?" Or, what do you do with what you've heard? How does it change you?
1. The Parable
2. The Principle
4 kinds of hearers of the word (the first 3 are lost & unconverted & only the last one is truly saved)
May God help you -- and me -- to be hearers of the Word rightly. One sermon rightly heard & applied is better than hearing 100 sermons with no application.
May God help us!
Isaiah's Strange Sign-Act: Trust God Alone, Not Egypt!"
This sermon covers Isaiah 20. In this chapter, God calls Isaiah to loosen his prophetic garment and go naked (with just an undergarment) for 3 years -- acting out the humiliation of a 'captive' or a prisoner.
This sermon provides 3 very clear declarations.
False securities will turn on & destroy you (1-2a)
Following God demands your full allegiance (3-4)
Fix your hope & boast in GOD & nothing else (5-6)
In this sermon Pastor Geoff preaches Mark 3:31-35 -- being in the family of God
1. The natural family (31-32)
2. The spiritual family (33-35)
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff shows from Isa 19 why Judah should *NOT* trust in Egypt for deliverance (from the coming invasion of Assyria):
1. Because Egypt will soon be judged by your God! (1-15)
2. Because Egypt will soon be trusting in your God! (16-25)
This remarkable chapter provides clarity on God's plan for the nations -- even Egypt! -- so that they will, one day in the future eschaton, be brought into the "people of God" by saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and God will include them and welcome them in the kingdom worship (Rev 20; Isa 2.2-4; Isa 11)! What a great God & what wideness in His saving mercies!
This sermon covers the section of Jesus' interaction with his family and his foes (Jewish leaders) around 3 headings:
1. ACCUSATION - Jesus works only by Satan's power (20-22)
2. ILLUSTRATION - A kingdom divided cannot stand (23-27)
3. CONDEMNATION - Blaspheming the Spirit is unforgivable (28-30)
A. The SINS that can be forgiven!
B. The SIN that cannot be forgiven
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff preaches/expounds Mark 3.13-19 -- the choosing of the 12 Apostles.
We need men -- ministers! -- who pursue great likeness to Jesus Christ, who are conformed to Christ, who are zealously ardent in their affection & love for the Savior.
3 applicational statements from this paragraph:
1) VIGILANTLY PRAY! The intercession for the 12 (v.13; **Luke 6:12 - Jesus spent all night in prayer)
2) EMBRACE WEAKNESS! The identification of the 12 (v.16-19)
3) PROCLAIM CHRIST! The mission of the 12 (v.14-15)
"Remember Your God! Lessons from Damascus & Israel"
In this message, Pastor Geoff preaches verse by verse through this summary paragraph in Mark's gospel. It is a transitional paragraph concluding Mark 2.1 - 3:6 focusing on "CONFLICT." And it also is preparing for the main pivot/turning point in the book (Mark 3.10-20 -- the public, official rejection: The blasphemy of the Spirit).
In this account, we see 4 things about your Savior:
1. Your Savior's MINISTRY
2. Your Savior's MERCY
3. Your Savior's AUTHORITY
4. Your Savior's IMPORTUNITY
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff preaches the final 2 accounts (of the 5) of this lengthy section that focuses on the theme of CONFLICT (Mark 2:1 - 3:6). Jesus is in conflict with false religion = works-based righteousness.
In this account, we see the AUTHORITY OF JESUS CHRIST -- in particular, over the Sabbath (the central mark and defining feature of Judaism).
Jesus PROCLAIMS his authority over the Sabbath (2:23-28)
Jesus PROVES his authority over the Sabbath (3:1-6)
"Moab's Ruin: When Everything You Trust in Fails You"
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff exposits Mark 2:18-22 on another account of "conflict" in Mark 2. The Jewish leaders are upset because the disciples of Jesus are NOT fasting -- like their disciples are.
In Jesus' reply, we see 2 life-altering and glorious declarations.
1. Jesus' coming is CELEBRATORY (v.18-20)
2. Jesus' gospel is EXCLUSIVE (v.21-22)
Jesus is the Bridegroom! His people don't fast (=as expression of legalistic works-righteousness and/or mourning/despair). Rather, when the Bridegroom is taken, then we will fast out of hunger/yearning for our Bridegroom's soon-return.
You cannot mix Jesus and His gospel with OT Judaism and law-keeping. Christ brings in the new. He didn't come to reform but to regenerate!
This account teaches that JESUS IS BETTER.