What is the heart of true Christian discipleship? According to Jesus, in Mark 8, the heart of true Christian discipleship is death! Here Jesus presents an extremely challenging view of what it means to truly follow him. Listen in as we explore his profound words to those who would come after him.
Rest From Religion
Do you know how to rest truly? Do you know what it means to rest from the work underneath the work? There's a place in Mark's Gospel where, on two occasions, Jesus challenges the religious leaders of his day concerning the Old Testament teaching of the Sabbath. By closely observing this interaction we don't just learn a theology of Sabbath but we actually see how Jesus himself brings us the deepest rest we'll ever need.
Jesus is a Big Deal
It's hard to deny that Jesus' stamp on human history is enormous. But just how big a deal is he really? In the opening chapter of the Gospel of Mark we have an uncovering of his true identity and significance. Listen in as we explore the chapter and see just how big a deal Jesus actually is.
Conversations and the Promotion of the Gospel
In this sermon, right at the very end of the series, we finally talk about the activity that most people associate with the promotion of the gospel: actually speaking to people about Jesus and sharing your faith with words. For many Christians this is an anxiety inducing activity, but often this is because we're not clear on what the Bible actually teaches on the subject. Listen in as we explore this together.
Gathered Worship and the Promotion of the Gospel
In Psalm 96, the Psalmist calls on God's people to sing his praises before the nations. The idea seems to be that in the simple act of gathering to worship God each week, unbelievers have an opportunity to overhear the truth of the one true God and become worshippers themselves.
When we gather together to worship God we promote his glory to the world. We sing a new song. A song unlike anything else we hear in our culture - a song of true hope and grace.
Christian Behaviour and the Promotion of the Gospel
The sort of life each individual Christian lives can often have a profound effect upon those who are not Christians but who are looking in. The quality of our lives might just be one of the most powerful apologetics for the truthfulness and power of the gospel. Listen in as we discuss the relationship between individual Christian lives lived well and the promotion of the gospel.
Promoting the Gospel Through the Works of the Church
Jesus teaches his followers to shine collectively as light, so that those who do not know God will see their good deeds and glorify God. Our good deeds as a church are a means of promoting the Gospel. The result of this will be that those who do not know God will come to worship him as the one and only true God.
Giving and the Promotion of the Gospel
We don't often like to talk about money in the church - and there are good reasons for that - yet a quick study of the New Testament will demonstrate that there is a vital connection between giving and the promotion of the gospel. Listen in as we explore that connection in the text and look at how giving is part of how we promote the gospel to a spiritually impoverished world.
Prayer and the Promotion of the Gospel
In the New Testament, which activity is mentioned in connection with the promotion of the gospel more than any other activity? Speaking? Preaching? Sending missionaries? The answer is, none of the above. The activity most frequently associated with the promotion of the gospel is prayer. The writers of the New Testament are clear that if we want to be gospel promoting people then we need to be praying people. God, in his great providence, delights to work through our prayers to spread his gospel and bring people into a loving relationship with him. Listen in to this sermon as we explore the role of prayer in the promotion of the gospel.