He Who Has Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear

He who has ears to hear, let him hear!  Why did Jesus teach in parables?  Was to veil or unveil truth?  This sermon discusses Christ’s purpose in parables and challenges us all to seek out the meaning in these parables and to apply them to our lives!  This passage also calls us to see God’s hand at work in intervening in our lives and giving us eyes to see and ears to hear his Word.

Passage: Mark 4:1-34
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 04/20/2008 in Novato, CA.
Other Scripture Readings: Isaiah 6; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6

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Here Are My Mother and My Brothers!

In our passage for today we see different perspectives on the identity of Jesus.  People were wrestling with who Jesus is and what he had come to do.  And as we look at this passage and learn more about Jesus’ identity, we’ll see that this passage also calls us to consider our own identities as well — in relationship to Christ.

Passage: Mark 3:20-35
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 04/13/2008 in Novato, CA.
Other Scripture Readings: Genesis 3:1-15; Revelation 12:7-12

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He Appointed Twelve

Today we return to our series in Mark and see something amazing.  As we have been studying this gospel, we have already been seeing plenty of amazing things.  We’ve seen Jesus perform a number of miracles, which he does more of today in our passage.  In verses 7-12 Jesus heals more people and casts out more demons.  And yet what I think is even more amazing is what follows in verses 13-20.  In those verses Jesus appoints twelve men to be in his inner circle, to be discipled by Christ, with the ultimate goal of evangelism – to use these men in bringing the good news of the kingdom to the world.  Jesus hand picks twelve men, a diverse group full of unlikely candidates, eleven of whom will ultimately become his apostles.  And it will be through these apostles that Jesus builds his church, and brings his gospel to the ends of the earth.

Passage: Mark 3:7-20
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 03/30/2008 in Novato, CA.
Other Scripture Readings: Isaiah 55:1-7; Genesis 12:1-4; Revelation 7

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