Jesus heals a deaf and mute man and astonishes the crowds as a way of building up to the ulitimate understanding of who he is and a way to reveal the hope of the kingdom of heaven.
Learning Christ (Ephesians 4:17-32)
Paul encourages the Ephesians that they are new creation – but they still need to put off the Old Self and Put on the New. The ‘walk’ of the Christian life includes everything and so we must learn Christ – more than simply learn about Christ.
The Day of The Dog (Mark 7:24-30)
Jesus grants faith to what the disciples precieved to be their enemy – a Cannanite woman! – and shows that the gospel is about bringing outsiders in.
What Defiles (Mark 7:14-23)
Jesus demonstrates the true nature of sin and corruption in the inner man and points to the majesty and wonder of His work to undue sin from within – by becoming man.
Manifold Grace (Ephesians 4:7-16)
Paul shows both How and Why the grace of God through Christ is diverse through the Word gifts of Christ’s triumph
Corban (Mark 7:9-13)
Jesus shows the true relationship of the christian to the law of God is only in Him.
Walking Worthy of Our Calling (Ephesians 4:1-6)
Paul begins his imperative section of Ephesians with a grand imperative that encompasses them all and focuses on the Grace recieved. Becuase it is grace which makes us living pictures of God himself!
The Measure of Holiness (Mark 7:1-8)
Looking at the Pharisees, the Disciples and the Lord – we see how they approach table manners and tradition – only Jesus’ demonstrates the measure of true holiness.
Ordination Service for Bob Buchner
The Death of Death (Mark 6:53-56)
Jesus’ healing forces us to deal with the necessity of the cross for our salvation and reminds us that you must come to the cross to see God’s greatest glory!