Join us on Sundays at 9:00 and 10:45 AM for our fall sermon series, Action: The Gospel of Mark. We believe your life will be changed by the lessons we’ll learn together in this adventure-driven, action-packed series on the life of Christ.
Some people think they don’t belong in a church. Some people feel uncomfortable being around people who love Jesus. Some people are in desperate need of the help of Jesus. When we look at the entirety of this chapter we read that Mark weaves a fantastic story of hope. It’s a story of God working. It’s God teaching us that we need a little less legalism, a little more faith, and some more help from our friends. It’s the hope that the gospel is for everyone. It’s the hope that the broken and hurting have a place to belong in the Kingdom of God. It’ the confidence that others are sharing their faith. We too have an opportunity to help others know the great love of Jesus. Listen in as Pastor Neal Benson teaches on Mark 7.
In Mark 6, after a busy time of ministry, Jesus invites the disciples to come away and rest. However, their plans for rest are thwarted by a large crowd that meets them at their destination. Listen in as Pastor Neal teaches on Mark 6:30-56 and why we shouldn't turn a blind eye on those in need.
For whatever reason, life throws us curveballs all the time. Have you noticed how we can have exciting, fulfilling, life-giving days, and then in the next minute everything seems to change for the worse? For example, things are going well at work one day, and the next day your boss calls a company meeting to say the company will be sold. Maybe you can relate to this in your marriage. You and your spouse are getting along, and then they are in a car accident and things change out of nowhere. In Mark 6:1-29, we read about three different experiences in the life of Jesus. Listen in as Pastor Neal Benson teaches about remaining true to your calling no matter what comes your way.
Have you noticed how life has a way of coming at you fast? A little dabbling in sin that turns into an obsession. A small wound that becomes infected and extremely painful. A casual drive that turns into a violent accident. We are in a world that is desperate need of the healing power of Jesus. In Mark 5 Jesus encounters three people in desperate need of healing: a demon-possessed man, a woman with an incurable disease, and a little girl who suddenly died. The contrast of these three needy people shows the wideness of Jesus’ love. The common thread is that they all found healing at the feet of Jesus. Listen in as Pastor Neal Benson teaches about the restorative power of Jesus from Mark 5.
Do you ever feel like you're in the middle of a storm and Jesus is sleeping? If so, you're in good company. In this week's text from Mark 4, we'll look at the disciples reaction to Jesus sleeping during a storm, and learn that no matter what situation we're facing, Jesus' love and presence remain constant.
In Mark 4 we read a handful of parables from Jesus. Parables are a way to teach eternal truths through stories of everyday life that appeal to everyone. They are stories about ordinary things that convey a deeper message. Jesus address the parable of the soil, and speaks about the coming of the Kingdom of God. Jesus was doing a revolutionary thing in the way He taught. Most of the people didn’t understand, but the disciples wanted to dive deeper into the truth of God. Listen in as Pastor Neal Benson teaches about how we play a part in growing the Kingdom of God.
The miracles Jesus did drew a crowd and people loved Him, but the religious leaders didn’t know how to categorize Jesus. He broke their rules and associated with people they didn't approve of. They didn't understand that Jesus came to make the broken whole. Listen in as Pastor Neal Benson teaches from Mark 3:7-35. In this passage we'll observe Jesus' response to the crowds of people that surrounded Him as He ministered.
We live in a fast-paced, work-filled, and distracted world. The average office worker gets 220 messages a day—emails, phone calls, interruptions, junk email, and ads bombarding them with distractions. But Jesus is the opposite - He offers us rest in Him. In Mark 2:23-3:6 we read two stories about Jesus on the Sabbath. Jesus teaches us that the Sabbath was meant for rest, worship, and showing mercy. Not everyone around Him caught that. In fact, some the religious leaders didn’t think that Jesus should show mercy on the Sabbath. Thankfully, Jesus came to do a new thing and teach us how to live our lives by resting in Him. Listen in as Pastor Neal teaches us that Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath.
Change seems to be occurring more rapidly than ever. Most people say they're okay with change, but they typically don’t want it in their life. Struggling with change is nothing new. When Jesus walked the earth, what He said and did often didn’t fit into societal norms. Jesus ate with sinners and didn’t fast when everyone else was. This is because Jesus came to do a new thing. Listen in as Pastor Neal Benson teaches on Mark 2:13-22.
In C.S. Lewis' The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, there is a time in Narnia when the White Witch rules the land. But one day the snow starts melting, birds start singing, and there are rumors that Aslan is back in Narnia. This brings Narnia great joy because Aslan is the rightful king. This illustration reminds me of the beginning of the Gospel of Mark. When Jesus begins His ministry in Israel, exciting things begin happening. Listen in as Pastor Neal Benson looks at a memorable story of healing and hope found in Mark 2:1-12. When a paralyzed man is healed by Jesus, it leaves people amazed and talking about the work of God. What kind of miracle do you need God to do in your life?