The book of Mark: Mark 4:21-34 “More Parables”

Tonight we move from Jesus’ explanation of the parable of the sower into three more parables of the same nature, illustrations from daily life that reveal the true character of the Kingdom of God and that reveal Jesus’ identity as the Son of God. If we look closely, we see that the parable of the...

October 31, 2013October 31, 2013by

The Book of Mark: Mark 4:13-20 The Parable of the Sower Explained

Our last time together we talked about the Parable of the Sower and Jesus’ purpose for speaking in parables; just by way of review, the crowd had grown to the point that Jesus finally used the boat that He had asked the apostles to have in the water for Him, He got in, sat down...

October 3, 2013October 3, 2013by

The Book of Mark: 4:1-12 The Parable of the Sower

In Mark 3, in the midst of revealing the struggles that Jesus was encountering with both the religious leaders and some members of His family, we were introduced to Jesus’ teaching in parables. Mark 4 now opens with what is probably Jesus’ most famous parable. The parable has many different references, some call it the...

September 19, 2013September 19, 2013by

The book of Mark 3:7-19 From the Multitudes to Apostles

The ire of the scribes and Pharisees against Jesus had reached a new height, they were now conspiring with the Herodians as to how they could “destroy” Jesus. From that point Jesus had to withdrawn, not from people but from the religious form, He was still surrounded, in fact, He was more followed than ever before but...


The book of Mark 3:1-6 Compassion Leads to Intercession

In tonight’s study we find that the conflict between the Pharisees and Jesus over the Sabbath comes to it’s boiling point when a man with a “withered hand” entered the synagogue. The Pharisees watched Jesus closely with an eye of accusation to see if they could find something He would do wrong, Jesus looked at the man...


Clarity or Intimacy

Being surrounded is often a reason to surrender. We have all watched TV shows or movies in which the police have found the location of a criminal, they surround the location and then shout out “You are surrounded, come out with your hands up!” Being surrounded usually means that there is no place to go,...

July 5, 2013July 5, 2013by

The book of Mark: 2:23-28 “Lord of the Sabbath”

In our last time together we started to see how each move that Jesus made was being watched, examined and questioned by the scribes and the Pharisees. He touched a leper, a man that was considered unclean due to his illness; He forgave the sins of a paralyzed man rather than just healing him; He...


The book of Mark: 2:13-22 “Breaking With Tradition”

This week our study reveals the “inappropriateness” of Jesus’ actions. He was not sinfully inappropriate but rather societally inappropriate. There were traditions and religious expectations that had been added to the Law of God that were not from His heart or for His glory. Jesus purposefully did works, made statements and chose apostles and friends that...