October 2012

The Gospel of Mark – He Is Out of His Mind?

Have you ever wondered how it is people can insult the Person of Christ by calling Him, just a good man, a prophet, a legend or maybe even a lunatic? When carefully examining the Biblical record Jesus Christ leaves us no other option then to acknowledge and bow before Him as LORD. Pastor Pete will share from Mark chapter 3: the courage of Jesus(3:1-6) the compassion of Jesus (3:7-12) the call of Jesus (3:13-19) the critics of Jesus (3:20-30) and lastly, the clarity and clarification of Jesus in 3:31-35. Listen for Life!

The Gospel of Mark – The Search for Intimacy

What’s missing in your walk with Jesus Christ? We can go through the motions, live a life of obedience, seek the continued filling of the Holy Spirit and still feel as though something is missing from our lives. Whatever happened to the passion, the love, the all-consuming interest in our Christian walk? Maybe it is still fresh for you, for most, the fervor and passion tends to fade and the glory diminish. This message from Mark 3:7-19 is all about our search for intimacy and what we can do as believers to get the passion back in our faith and walk with Jesus Christ. Listen for Life!

September 2012

The Gospel of Mark – The LORD of the Sabbath Part Two

The Sabbath principle is one many believers struggle to understand, much less practice. In this second of two parts message, Pastor Pete shares the REST of the story in the teachings of Jesus, having fulfilled the requirements of the Law, Jesus fulfilled the Law. We can therefore rest in the work of Christ and worship the substance of Christ and not His shadow, a day or a list of expectations from men. This by definition is a religion of works. The REST of the story is learning what it means to rest in Christ as opposed to working to attain a works righteousness. Listen for Life!

The Gospel of Mark – The LORD of the Sabbath*

In this message from Mark 2:23-3:5 Pastor Pete shares the difference between the shadows of Christ and the very substance of Christ Himself. Often, in religious exercise we would prefer to worship shadows instead of having to have a personal, intimate ongoing relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. The law and expectations of the law only serve to draw us to Christ and to reveal to us our utter inability to please God on our own. Is the fourth commandment to keep the Sabbath day holy a requirement of the church and believer today or is it simply a shadow of Christ Himself who be definition is our Sabbath Rest because He alone is the Lord of the Sabbath. Listen for Life!

The Gospel of Mark – New Wine in Old Bags

How do you respond when under pressure? What do you do when you feel as if your life is ready to explode? Jesus addresses the issue of true and false worship and religion in Mark 2:18-22. What is authentic faith? What is the true gospel of Jesus Christ? These are questions people across the world continue to struggle with even today. Within the church of Jesus Christ we seem to drift from one extreme of religion and works faith to another religion of faith and practice. The whole of creation is groaning for redemption. Believer and unbeliever alike can feel the pressure building. In “New Wine in Old Bags” Pastor Pete, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, will open for our understanding the mystery of the matchless distinctiveness of the true gospel. Listen for Life!

August 2012

The Gospel of Mark – How to Love IRS Agents Part Two

This week Pastor Pete continues the message of Living in the Scandal of Grace.

The Gospel of Mark – How to Love IRS Agents

Pastor Pete shares this week from Mark 2:13-17 the story of the call of Matthew, hated tax collector, to be His disciple. Jesus teaches by His example how to love by faith and how to live within the scandal of His amazing grace. Listen for LIFE!

The Gospel of Mark – Take Up Your Bed and Walk!

This week Pastor Pete unwraps this very special account in the life of Jesus in the healing of the paralytic in Mark 2:1-12. Brought to Jesus by men of faith, lowered through a roof, Jesus touched this man’s paralysis and the man stood and walked. Such brazen vandalism to rip away a roof to get a friend to Jesus for healing! This week we will examine the faith of vandals and vandals of faith. We will answer the questions of who’s who in this Biblical account and discover God’s heart in this miraculous healing. Who’s house, who’s there, who’s preaching, who’s need, who’s faith, who’s forgiven, who’s reason, who’s power, who’s healing and who gets the credit? Listen for LIFE!

July 2012

The Gospel of Mark – Be Cleansed!

This message, from Mark 1:40-45, gives a comprehensive understanding of the disease we are all infected with and how with just a word Jesus can bring healing to our physical as well as our spiritual need. Cleansing is available for all of us if we simply ask for it. We cannot cleanse ourselves. Our sinfulness is rooted in our fallen sin nature that cannot be cleansed or worked off. It is the blood of Jesus that cleanses us from all sin. Like a cleaning solvent, Christ’s blood not only cuts the stain of sin causing us to be as white as snow in His sight but it also removes the offense before God as far as the East is from the West. Have you applied the cleansing blood of Christ to your sin condition? What is the great exchange that took place on the cross of Calvary? Find out as you listen for life!

The Gospel of Mark – For This Purpose

Have you ever been weary in the work of the ministry? Many times those who volunteer their time, talents and resources for ministry eagerly sign up but over time with no break, training, support or encouragement give up and give out. Burnout is often cited for the reason why believers choose to not be involved in the work of ministry. Where are the examples of people who grow weary in the work of the ministry but never of the work of ministry? How about the example of Christ? In this message Pastor Pete will share from Mark 1:29-39 one day in the life of Christ and how Christ battled fatigue, burn-out and the myriad never ending expectations of ministry. For those of you who volunteer your time don’t give up or grow weary in doing good, for those of you who for whatever reason have never given of your time, resources and talents in the work of the ministry maybe now would be a great time to sign up. After all, Ephesians 2:10 reminds us, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” How to give Pastor Pete and the office staff of MBC a heart attack: Call us this week and volunteer for ministry. (928-753-2370)