Looking at the doctrine of adoption in the opening of Ephesians as the focus of grace and present possession of believers.
What Do You See? (Mark 2:1-12)
Mark uses the story of the paralytic having his sins forgiven him to demonstrate the true authority of Jesus, by the different perceptions. Jesus’s perception of faith in the paralytic and his friends and the unbelief of the Scribes; the Scribes perception of God (wholly transcendent) and of Jesus (only a mere man); and the crowds perceiving the glory of God.
The First Doctrine of Grace (Ephesians 1:4-6)
Election is a hotly contested doctrine – but it should not be since it is the first doctrine of Grace and always leads to grace! Here we are laying out some important truths about the doctrine of election.
A Touching Gospel (Mark 1:40-45)
Mark show us through the dramatic emotional life of Jesus that Jesus does not send his salvation; he brings it!
Contrasting Pursuits (Mark 1:35-39)
The post-modern world around us is starting to come to grips with the allusiveness with actually finding happiness, but have insisted that the pursuit itself is the goal. As Christians following the captain of our souls – we see that true happiness can be pursued and found – if God is our pursuit! Christ shows us this in his pursuit of God through prayer, preaching and his passion for people.
God’s Greatest Gift (Ephesians 1:3-14)
The Greatest Authority (Mark 1:21-34)
The Lord Jesus shows his greatest authority in his intimate compassion. More than all the spectacle of exorcism or profound teaching, it is Christ touch that paints him King of all!
Teaching that Amazes (Mark 1:21-28)
The Power of Kingdom Preaching (Mark 1:14-15)
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From Mark’s synopsis of Christ’s preaching ministry we learn 4 essential elements that teach us where the power comes from in preaching.
Relentless Grace (Mark 1:9-13)
The second half of Marks powerful introduction where he compliments the divinity of Jesus Christ – so powerfully stated in the first eight verses with Christ’s humanity! In this brief section we see the Messiah identifying with us completely, and we are invited to identify with Him as the true man.