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Our Ten Most Listened-To Sermons from Grace Bible Church

We're a small fellowship of believers, but our sermons have been listened by a surprising number of people.  Since November 2017, our sermons have been listened to or downloaded 6,583 times!  It's humbling to consider the impact that God is allowing us to have, and we pray that His Word would continue to work in the lives of all who hear it.  To mark the year end, here's a review of our most listened-to messages:

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#10: The Greatest Commandments | Mark 12:28–34 Jesus sums up the entire Law of Moses in these two commandments of love. Even so, that doesn't make keeping the Law any easier. What do these commands entail, and what hope do we have for pleasing God?


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#9: The Abomination of Desolation | Mark 13:14–23 Jesus clearly commands Hi…

SERMON: The Abomination of Desolation | Mark 13:14–23

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The Abomination of Desolation | Mark 13:14–23
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | December 23, 2018

Jesus clearly commands His disciples in Jerusalem and the surrounding area to flee when they see an abominable act in the temple.  The question is whether He ultimately referred to the destruction of the temple in the first century.  If not, when?

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We’ve been going verse-by-verse through Mark, and in the Lord’s providence, we’re in Mark 13 at Christmas time.  That means that, as we think about the first advent of our Lord, we’re studying the events leading to His Second Coming.  What will happen before He establishes His kingdom on earth?
Before we get to that, consider a thoughtful question someone posed to me a while back.  If the Lord’s return is imminent, meaning it can be at any moment, then why do events have to precede it?  The answer is found in the rapture of the church—Christians alive today look for the Lord’s return in the…

SERMON: Why Jesus Decreed Destruction | Mark 13:1–4

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Why Jesus Decreed Destruction | Mark 13:1–4
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | December 9, 2018

Before we consider the end-times, we must understand that the Jewish leadership of His day were in serious error. In fact, the problems were so egregious that Jesus decreed destruction upon the temple itself. What does this judgment teach us about our personal faith, and how does it factor into the prophetic calendar?



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We’re beginning one of the more contentious chapters of Scripture this morning.  Throughout the years, Christians have referred to Mark 13 by many names, such as the “Little Apocalypse” or “Little Revelation.”  Perhaps its more traditional name is the Olivet Discourse, named because Jesus delivers this teaching on the Mount of Olives; it parallels Matthew 24–25 and Luke 21:5–36.  However we refer to it, this chapter sparks much confusion and debate throughout the centuries because of its focus on the end-times. 
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SERMON: Beware Those Who Devour | Mark 12:38–44

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Beware Those Who Devour | Mark 12:38–44
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | December 2, 2018

For some, Jesus's command here to judge teachers might sound odd.  For others, it may seem strange to think of the widow's last mite as a negative illustration.  Nonetheless, Jesus points us to a danger to beware in scribes and all Bible teachers: Some only want to be noticed and to get wealthy, and they will do so at the expense of others.  What do we learn about false teachers in this passage so we can avoid them?
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Manuscript (PDF): Jesus’s words may be strange to some.  The popular notion of our day is that we should just accept teachers.  After all, if they are of God, do we dare question them?
God not only commanded Israel to discern whether someone came with a true word from the Lord; He commanded His people to put false prophets and dreamers of dreams to death (Dt 13:5; 18:20).  The Lord not only said this; He said that He would also punish them…