Three times he was asked, and three times Peter denied that he knew Jesus - then a rooster crowed, and Peter was faced with his own failure. In our study of the final portion of Mark 14, we consider how this experience shaped the apostle's character, and how God uses brokenness in our lives to enable us to serve others for His sake.
The Lord Jesus knew what lay ahead for Judas, yet He treated his betrayer as a friend even at the Last Supper. In Mark 14:17-21, we explore the mystery that exists between the two truths of God's sovereignty and human responsibility for evil choices.
When the Pharisees challenged Jesus on the topic of divorce, in Mark 10, He did the same thing we should do when facing difficult issues: Return to First Principles - in this case, that marriage is a Creation ordinance, instituted by God as a pattern for all humanity.
Because marriage is part of God's purposes from creation, the Bible's instruction about marriage and divorce speaks to all marriages everywhere. Jesus' instruction in Mark 10 is unequivocal, and we cannot disregard it. But believers must apply it within the framework of gospel truth.
King Herod had the opportunity to repent when he heard God's Word. He chose to disregard the teaching he heard, though, and was trapped by his carelessness in distressing decisions. Are we falling into a similar trap today?
It could be the plot for a movie: An oppressed nation is looking for a liberator, but there’s a plan in the works to kill him before he can act. An innocent man dies willingly for guilty men. People are coming back to life from the dead and a body disappears. Centuries' worth of prophesies are about to be fulfilled, but not in the way anyone expected…and conspiracies and political intrigue surround it all.
By any measure, the final days of Christ’s life and the weeks and months immediately following his resurrection are filled with strange and perplexing events, themes, ...
In Mark 6, there are 3 responses of unbelief to Jesus’ teaching from people who knew him well. We should not be surprised, then, when we encounter unbelief to the Gospel today. This example from Christ’s life shows us that the Gospel has always advanced in a context of unbelief.
The church at Ephesus was surely happy to receive a letter from Jesus because He praised them for their commitment to truth and the work of the Gospel. The Lord didn’t stop there, however, but went on to confront a serious problem: they had lost their first love. Alistair Begg challenges us to consider our own lives and churches in light of Jesus’ words, then to repent and live for Him now and always.
Series: You've Got Mail
It has been said that every person is endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Happiness, however, cannot be guaranteed by any human institution. In this message Alistair Begg considers the theme of happiness and challenges us to find it in God alone.
Series: The Missing Peace