The Voice of the LORD (Psalm 29)

The Voice of the LORD (Psalm 29)

Psalm 29

I. Praise to the LORD (29:1-2)

    A. The glory due to His name (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8, 11; 5:9-10, 12, 13)
    B. Worship in the beauty of holiness (John 4:24; 1 Peter 3:3-6; 1 Tim. 2:8-10)

II. The power of the LORD (29:3-9)

    A. “The voice of the LORD is powerful;
    The voice of the LORD is full of majesty”
    B. Powerful in creation (Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26)
    C. Powerful in commandments (Exodus 19:18-19; 20:1-18)
    D. Powerful in conversion (Romans 10:17; Mark 16:15-16; Romans 1:16; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

III. The peace of the LORD (29:10-11)

    A. The voice of the Lord, like the Flood, both destroys and saves
    B. “The King forever” (1 Timothy 1:17)
    C. He gives His people strength (1 Peter 5:10)
    D. He gives His people peace (Philippians 4:6-7)

Overwhelmed (Mark 5:21-43)

Overwhelmed (Mark 5:21-43)

Mark 5:21-43

I. Overwhelmed with concern for another (5:21-24)

    A. Jairus – a ruler of the synagogue and a father to a little girl
    B. Approached Jesus directly for help

II. Overwhelmed with concern for self (5:25-34)

    A. An unnamed woman – a societal outcast because of her disease (Leviticus 15:25-30)
    B. Snuck up behind Jesus for healing – touched Him, made Him ceremonially unclean

III. Overwhelmed with grief (5:35-40)

    A. “Do not be afraid, only believe”
    B. “A tumult…wept and wailed loudly;” Jesus calls it a “commotion”
    C. Jesus provides assurance, permits only the girl’s parents and Peter, James, and John to remain inside

IV. Overwhelmed with amazement (5:41-43)

    A. Jairus’s daughter was raised from the dead
    B. Jesus touched her – again, making Himself ceremonially unclean (Numbers 19:11-13)

The Church is God’s Temple (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

The Church is God's Temple (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

I. The church is the temple of God

    A. The Spirit of God dwells in the church (Ephesians 2:19-22; 5:18; Colossians 3:16)
    B. The temple of God—the church of Christ—is holy (1 Peter 1:13-16)

II. Warning against defiling God’s temple

    A. “Defile” and “destroy” from the same Greek word: phtheirō
    B. Modern-day defilement of God’s temple, the church

      1. Division (1 Corinthians 1:10)
      2. False teaching (1 Timothy 4:1-2; 2 Peter 2:1-3; 1 John 4:1; 2 John 9-11)
      3. Leaving “first love” (Revelation 2:4-5)
      4. Apathy (Revelation 3:15-16; 2 Timothy 2:15; Romans 12:11)

    C. God will destroy those who…

      1. Engage in destructive behaviors (Romans 11:22; Matthew 13:40-42)
      2. Refuse to work for Him (Matthew 25:29-30)

Legion (Mark 5:1-20)

Legion (Mark 5:1-20)

Mark 5:1-20

I. The incredible authority over the demons (5:1-13)

    A. The power of the demons (5:1-5)
    B. The power of Jesus over the demons (5:6-9)
    C. The plea of the demons (5:10-12)
    D. The destruction of the demons (5:13)

II. The illogical answer of the townspeople (5:14-17)

    A. Fear (5:14-15)
    B. “Please leave” (5:16-17)…and He did! (5:18a)

      1. Jesus did not beg or plead or perform additional signs; they rejected Him and He left
      2. “God gave them up” (Romans 1:18, 24-32)

III. The individual assignment to the believer (5:18-20)

    A. The plea of the former demoniac (5:18)
    B. The instruction of Jesus (5:19)
    C. The astounding proclamation (5:20)

Under the Palm Tree of Deborah (Judges 4-5)

Under the Palm Tree of Deborah (Judges 4-5)

Judges 4-5

I. Use your words for the Lord

    A. Speak the commands of God (4:6-9; Titus 2:3-5)
    B. Speak words of positivity despite obstacles (4:14; 1 Timothy 3:11)
    C. Speak words of wisdom that others desire to hear (4:5; 1 Timothy 5:11-13)

II. Use your influence for the Lord

    A. Earn respect and devotion (4:4-5; 1 Timothy 2:9-10)
    B. Comforting impact (5:7; 1 Peter 3:1-6)
    C. Strengthening force (4:24; Acts 9:36-41)
    D. Influence affects change

      1. The safety of the roads (5:6; 5:10-11)
      2. The civility at the gates (5:8; 5:11)
      3. Peace for 40 years! (5:31; Matthew 5:9; Philippians 4:2)

III. Use your station in life for the Lord

    A. Prophetess (4:4; Exodus 15:20; 2 Kings 22:14-20)
    B. Wife (4:4; Proverbs 31)
    C. Judge (4:4; the only woman to wear this title in Israel)

Master, the Tempest is Raging! (Mark 4:35-41)

Master, the Tempest is Raging! (Mark 4:35-41)

Mark 4:35-41

I. The humanity of Jesus

    A. Jesus slept (Mark 4:35-38)
    B. Jesus experienced the human condition

      1. He was weary (John 4:6)
      2. He was hungry (Matthew 4:2)
      3. He was sad (John 11:33-35; Luke 19:41-44)
      4. He was mad (Mark 3:5)
      5. He was compassionate toward physical needs (Matthew 14:14) and spiritual needs (Matthew 9:36-38)

II. The divinity of Jesus

    A. Demonstrated by His power over nature (Mark 4:39, 41)
    B. Demonstrated by His power over disease (Mark 1:32-34a)
    C. Demonstrated by His power over evil (Mark 1:34b)
    D. Demonstrated by His power over death (Mark 5:35-43; Luke 7:11-15; John 11:41-44; Acts 2:22-24)

III. The anxiety of the disciples

    A. With the Master in their presence, no need to fear (Mark 4:37-41; 2 Timothy 1:7)
    B. Warnings against a lack of faith (Matthew 6:25-33; 14:22-31; 16:5-12)

O the Depth and the Riches

O the Depth and the Riches

I. “O the depth and the riches…”

    A. In awe of God’s wisdom and power (Romans 11:33; 1 Corinthians 1:18)
    B. The debt for my sins (Romans 6:23)

II. “How my heart humbly bows in His presence…”

    A. In awe of Jesus’ willingness to suffer as He did (Philippians 2:5-8; Isaiah 53:4-6)
    B. Freed from the bondage of sin (1 Peter 2:24)

III. “O what marvelous mercy, what infinite love…”

    A. Exceedingly abundant grace (1 Timothy 1:14; Titus 3:3-7)
    B. Cleansed by His blood (Acts 22:16; Romans 6:3-4)

IV. “His suffering on Calvary”

    A. The captain of our salvation (Hebrews 2:9-10)
    B. The author of our salvation (Hebrews 5:8-9)

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The Growth of the Kingdom (Mark 4:21-34)

The Growth of the Kingdom (Mark 4:21-34)

Mark 4:21-34

I. Seeing the light, hearing the truth (4:21-25)

    A. The lamp is the Word of Truth! (Mark 4:21-22; Ps. 119:105; John 1:4-5, 9)
    B. What you get out of Jesus is directly proportionate to what you put into His cause (Mark 4:23-25; 2 Corinthians 9:6; Galatians 6:6-10)

II. The growing seed (4:26-29)

    A. Once the seed (the Word) is sown, it goes to work on the hearer despite our ignorance of “how” (Mark 4:26-27; John 3:9; Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 3:6-7)
    B. There is a personal responsibility of the hearer to grow in faith (Mark 4:28)
    C. The harvest is baptism (Mark 4:29; Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3-4)

III. The mustard seed (4:30-34)

    A. The kingdom of God started small and seemingly insignificant (Mark 4:30-31)
    B. The growth—against all odds—extraordinary (Mark 4:32)

      1. Growth recorded in Acts 2:41; 4:4; 5:14; 6:7; 8:12; etc.
      2. The birds—evil workers (Mark 4:15; John 6:70; Acts 5:1-11; 1 Timothy 1:19-20; 3 John 9-10)

    C. The use of parables (Mark 4:33-34)

Dominion of the Law (Romans 7:1-6)

Dominion of the Law (Romans 7:1-6)

Romans 7:1-6

I. Dominion of the law (7:1)

    A. Law is imposed on living men—not dead men
    B. “The law” in this context is not civil law but the Law of Moses

II. The illustration: marriage (7:2-3)

    A. This is not an in-depth discussion of marriage, or of divorce and remarriage (Matthew 19:1-9)
    B. The “husband” represents the law under which one lives
    C. The “woman” represents us as adherents to the law

III. The conclusion (7:4)

    A. The Law of Moses was fulfilled by Christ and nailed to His cross (Colossians 2:14; Ephesians 2:14-16)
    B. We are no longer married to the rules and regulations of the dead Old Covenant, but to the New Covenant established by Christ!
    C. Thus, “we should bear fruit to God” (John 15:8; Galatians 5:22-23)

IV. The contrast: old vs. new (7:5-6)

    A. The Law of Moses made man aware of sin (Hebrews 10:1-4)
    B. The new covenant of Christ gives us the opportunity to live under His saving grace—not ignoring His commands

What Kind of Soil Are You? (Mark 4:1-20)

What Kind of Soil Are You? (Mark 4:1-20)

Mark 4:1-20

I. Jesus “taught them many things by parables”

    A. The parable of the sower (Mark 4:1-9)
    B. The purpose of parables (Mark 4:10-13; cf. Isaiah 6:9-10)
    C. The seed is the Word (Mark 4:14)

II. The wayside (Mark 4:15)

    A. The hardened heart; opposes truth before it is even spoken
    B. No heart penetration; no change in character (Acts 2:37; 7:54)

III. Stony ground (Mark 4:16-17)

    A. The unstable hearer; superficial and shallow joy
    B. Fall away in the face of persecution (2 Timothy 3:12)

IV. The thorns (Mark 4:18-19)

    A. The distracted hearer
    B. Even innocent pleasures can become sinful (2 Timothy 4:10; Col. 3:1-2)

V. Good ground (Mark 4:20)

    A. The faithful hearer who bears fruit
    B. Bearing fruit (John 15:5; Matthew 7:17-19; Galatians 5:22-23)

But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. (Acts 8:12)