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SERMON: The Heart of Adoration in Contrast | Mark 14:1–11

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The Heart of Adoration in Contrast | Mark 14:1–11
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | January 20, 2018

We all tend to think our hearts are right before God.  Everyone in this passage was in a religious position, but only one person demonstrates a heart of genuine adoration toward Christ.  What contrast is painted between her heart and others?  What does Christ say to our hearts that so often lack that true affection for Him?

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We have finished our look at Mark 13, the Olivet Discourse.  We spent several weeks examining what that chapter had to say about the end-times, all of which are online if you want to listen to them again.  Even so, as Mark now transitions us to a new scene, we also now move along.


The chapter opens with the announcement of the Passover, and we will spend a good portion of the rest of Mark in the near future on that day.After today, we’ll read about the preparations for the Passover and the Last Supper in the Upp…

SERMON: The Hope of the Rapture | Jn 14:1–3; 1 The 4:13–18 | Addendum to the Olivet Discourse

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The Hope of the Rapture | Jn 14:1–3; 1 The 4:13–18
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | January 13, 2018

There is one sure word of comfort for all Christians, and that is Jesus Christ is coming soon for His own.  We should not only anticipate His imminent return, but draw hope from it in times of sorrow.  As an addendum to our study in Mark 13, today we examine the biblical doctrine of the rapture.

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Last time, we mentioned that some Christians overemphasize the end-times.  Some become obsessed with the question of when these things will take place.  Some, filled with zeal, will devote their free time to trouncing anyone online or in church that holds to a contrary view than them.  Some are even so bold as to predict the precise timing of these events—something we saw that our Lord doesn’t allow.
However, it would be wrong to think that a curiosity about the end-times is wrong.  As we saw in the Olivet Discourse in Mark 13, Jesus answ…

Prophecy in December: Our Series on the Olivet Discourse from Mark 13

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In God's providence, we arrived at Mark 13 in December, 2018.  This means that, while we considered the first advent of our Lord, we also considered His Second Coming.   This series went a bit into January, but here is our complete list of messages on the Olivet Discourse.

Why Jesus Decreed Destruction | Mark 13:1–4 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? Audio: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=121118177171 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IodTgImJC3U
The Beginning of Birth Pangs | Mark 13:5–13 We all want to know what will be the signs of the end. Jesus's answer was not quite what the disciples expected, and it involved more suffering than they could have imagined. Still, His discip…

Who are the sons of God in Job 1:6?

Someone sent me this question: "Who are the sons of God in Job 1:6?" 

The term "son of" speaks of both generation and creation.  God indeed has only one Son (Psalm 2:7; John 3:16), because only Jesus bears exact likeness of God (Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:3). 

However, special creation also speaks of sonship.  For instance, Adam is called a son of God (Luke 3:35) because God made him.  Israel is also called God's "son" (Deuteronomy 14:1) because God created the nation.  It speaks of God as direct Creator.

None of these are referenced in Job here.  This is another group of beings specially created by God known as angels.  Because God created them directly, they get to bear the honorable term "sons of God."

What we've skipped in all this is one key other usage, though it's not applicable to Job 1:6.  In the New Testament, Christians who repent and trust in Christ as their Lord and Savior are also called "sons of God" (Galatia…

SERMON: Watching for Christ’s Second Coming? | Mark 13:28–37

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Watching for Christ’s Second Coming? | Mark 13:28–37
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | January 6, 2018

With so much sensationalism surrounding end-time prophecy, it's tempting to ignore it and focus on other doctrines. However, that is not the proper response. In fact, our Lord commands our interest in it! He fills this passage with imperative statements that demand watchfulness and attention.
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As we mentioned last week, there have been many Christians who get obsessed with eschatology, the end of the world.  In part, this is a good thing—Christians should desire to understand all what Scripture says, even the portions that sometimes prove to be difficult.  Moreover, believers should desire to see our Lord return and establish His order on this sinful world.
However, it can become a contentious obsession.  For instance, over twenty years ago, I began listening to a radio call-in show that answered Bible questions called “Open F…

SERMON: The Second Coming of Christ | Mark 13:24–27

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The Second Coming of Christ | Mark 13:24–27
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | December 30, 2018

Christians rightly desire the return of Christ to earth, but we wonder when it will be. Some have even taken to predicting when it will be. What does Jesus reveal about His own return in Mark 13?

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As we previously noted, 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, as well as preparing for the new year, we’re studying the events leading to His Second Coming.  We’ve seen that this chapter not only prepares His disciples for what they will face until Christ’s eventual return, it gives us a brief overview of earth’s final years as described in the Book of Revelation.


We noted that Jesus addresses both would happen in the first century as well as the coming time of tribulation.We looked first at the disciples’ …