A Life Summarized

Pastor Matt Tarr

– Scripture: Mark 3:7-12

– Continuing through the third chapter in the Gospel of Mark, we see the author step back from the narrative and provide a summarized look at Christ’s ministry in Galilee, which also serves to summarize the life of Christ as well. And it is here that we see the true scope of Christ’s influence in the world at that time, as people come from far and wide to see Him, but not for the right reasons.

Sabbath Controversies: Cause for Conspiracy

Pastor Matt Tarr

– Scripture: Mark 3:1-6

– The Pharisees were at their wits end with regard to Jesus’s ministry, and would begin to look for any means by which they could charge Him and rid themselves of Him. When Christ heals a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath, the Pharisees care nothing for the implications of Christ’s words or works, but are consumed by their desire to catch Him in error. It is here that mere men attempt to put the Son of God on trial, only to be put on trial themselves. This encounter is the final offense for the priests and scribes, and the catalyst for their plot to kill Him.

– Add. Ref.: Psalm 7:11; Ezekiel 18:23, 32; 33:11

Sabbath Controversies: Something to See Here

Pastor Matt Tarr

– Scripture: Mark 2:23-28

– As Jesus’s ministry continued, opposition to His teaching grew amongst the scribes and Pharisees. They would seek any means to catch Him in error, even accusing Him of breaking non-inspired laws on the Sabbath. Christ, however, is Lord of the Sabbath, and in proclaiming this He makes yet another bold proclamation of His deity.

– Add. Ref.: 1 Samuel 21:1-6; 22:6-20; Hebrews 4:1-3, 9-10, 11

Be Warned, for He is Risen

Pastor Matt Tarr

– Scripture: Acts 13:26-41

Easter Sunday 2015

– The resurrection of the Lord Jesus carries with it great joy for those who believe, for His resurrection is our hope. However, for the one who does not believe, Christ being raised from the dead carries with it a grave warning, for the time will come when He returns not as a sacrifice, but as a conqueror. The unbeliever then is urged, be reconciled to God and share in the joy of salvation offered through Christ alone.

– Add. Ref.: Genesis 15:8-21; Psalm 2:2-7, 9-12