Peter asked Mark to record memories of his time with Jesus for one primary reason – so that we might know that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. In this message we cover the overall teaching of the Bible on divorce, and then focus in on the topic as it is covered in Mark – but we finish with the true reason it was included in this gospel letter all along. Text: Mark 10:1-12
The disciples have just left the mountain where Jesus was seen at his best. However a better mountain awaits where God will be seen at his weakness – The cross. On route Jesus teaches his followers not to miss the mission and the message and the moments that really count along the way. The message of Jesus and what his life, death and resurrection means changes everything! Not just at the start but also along the way. Text: Mark 9:30-50
In Mark Chapter 12 Jesus uses a story to explain God’s history with man and also what will happen to Jesus himself. But from this account comes undeniable hope for all regardless of their history.
Bible Texts: Mark 12:1-10; Psalm 118:22-24; Luke 7:36-50; John 13:8
Anyone who has been following Christ for a while will know the disappointment of being unable to help people in desperate situations. What is the cause? How can we see change? How do we find ourselves as followers who increasingly possess the compassion, wisdom and power of Jesus Christ. Text: Mark 9:14-32
During this talk Robin references two previous talks in the series:
The first is dated 23.04.2017 and you can listen to that here.
The second is dated 03.06.2018 and you can listen to that here.
The Bible, history and The Hill Church is committed to presenting an extraordinary God that loves and equips ordinary people. Peter, James and John, Moses and Elijah were all ordinary people just like us. Peter recorded a remarkable encounter with Jesus Christ. Two things become clear through this encounter. Firstly, that Jesus Christ is who the Bible says He is. Secondly, that even when we are spiritually at our lowest and darkest, God invites us to dwell with Him at his highest and brightest.
Text: Mark 9:2-13
The Bible plainly speaks about many topics that are not popular in the age we live and, if we are honest, are not always popular with our own hearts. How do we embrace the internal struggle that goes on when we read something that causes us to react against it? This is not a new problem and we see some answers in the book of Mark and in the lives of those who have gone before us.
Text: Mark 8:27-38
History is full of men and women who have been either irritated, interested, intrigued and even impressed by Jesus of Nazareth. But the destination of all the entire Bible and early Christian witness is that the identity of Jesus is the intended destination. Mark recalled the specific accounts in his record to make the point that Jesus is the Christ, the saviour, the anointed one, the answer to the God we are looking for. This breathtaking view of the otherwise, the chasm and the bridge to reach it – Jesus, who is the Christ! Texts: Mark 7:31-36, 8:22-26 and 8:27-30
The message of Jesus Christ and the work of his life and death broke down barriers of status, systems, societies and flipped the idea that to please God it was more about avoiding people “not like us”, whereas in fact to please God and to reflect Him it was about the acceptance of people not like us. This idea does not deny the importance and necessity of faith in Christ Jesus, the bread of life, for a relationship with God, but it has life-long impact on how we treat others especially those not like us. Text: 7:24-30
Every story has a pivotal moment when everything changes. The story of history, the Bible and even Mark’s gospel features many such moments – but often is a selected few that really stand out and make a critical impression which changes everything. Jesus breaks into a world of religion, performance and pretence. He challenges the reasons and motives behind the status quo. Things that we used to help us so often end up hindering or hiding the original purpose. Church history, and our own personal histories, are dominated by the damaging impact of a religious mindset. Jesus came and stayed to change everything. Text: Mark 7:1-23