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SERMON: Understanding What Baptism and Salvation Are | Various Texts

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Understanding What Baptism and Salvation Are | Various Texts
New Members Sermon Series | Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | May 19, 2019

Baptism is a clear command in Scripture, but many Christians either ignore it or are mystified by it.  What makes baptism significant?  Why and how should we practice it?  In this first message in our new members series, we learn about the first command for new Christians.

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Manuscript (PDF): We have the opportunity to start a new series today.  Last week, we looked at a text that has caused some Christians confusion about baptism.  I promised that we would look at the subject this week.  While working on that, however, I kept thinking about our need to have something available for all who might want to become members of our fellowship.  Baptism happens to be a good topic for those considering church membership, as it is where a new Christian begins.

I say “new Christian” to emphasize that baptism is not what saves a…

SERMON: Hath God Said? | Mark 16:9–20

Hath God Said? | Mark 16:9–20
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | May 12, 2019

Why do modern translations bracket off this section of Scripture?  Is this a questioning of God's Word?  In this message, we consider the evidence concerning these verses and consider what it means for this passage.  At the end of this, we will not only have a better understanding of this passage, but also of how we have God’s Word.
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Let’s begin this morning by backing up to verse five.  As the women enter the empty tomb, we read that “they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed.  And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.  But go, tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you’ ” (vv. 5–7).  Notice that a major …

Reacting to Christ’s Resurrection | Mark 16:1–8

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Reacting to Christ’s Resurrection | Mark 16:1–8
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | May 5, 2019

With that in mind, Mark has a reason for summarizing the events of the resurrection in the way that he does.  The resurrection means that all believers can have new life, so Mark calls the reader to respond to the news of the resurrection.  He calls you as the reader to note the empty tomb, the angelic announcement, and the response of the women so that you might believe.

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We are finally on a new day, with much of chapter 14 and all of chapter 15 focused on Good Friday.  The last chapter sees Jesus taken from the cross on Friday and buried.  This chapter opens with the affirmation that the tomb is empty on Sunday morning and Jesus is alive again.  As such, Mark’s Gospel agrees with the rest of Scripture, “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to …