This lesson covers Mark 6:7-8:26. We discuss some familiar events in the life and ministry of Jesus such as the feeding of the 5,000 and Him walking on water. We continue to explore who Jesus is and what His kingdom is like as He encounters opposition from the religious leaders and offers grace to Gentile and Jew alike.
In Mark 3:13-6:6, Jesus calls His disciples to a twofold mission: to be with Him and to carry on His mission of preaching the gospel. He instructs them through a series of parables and calls for those who have ears to hear, let them hear. May we have ears to hear! He continues to encounter growing opposition from the scribes who launch some rather serious allegations against Him.
This lesson focuses on Mark 1:21-3:12. In this passage, Jesus demonstrates His authority over demons and over physical ailments as He goes about teaching, healing, and performing exorcisms. The people are astonished; the religious leaders less so and opposition begins to grow. We discuss Jesus as the Son of Man and the call to submit to His authority in repentance and faith.
In this first lesson from the gospel of Mark, we begin by examining the who, what, when, where, and why of the book. We then turn our attention to Mark 1:1-20, discussing the role of John the Baptist, the baptism of Jesus, the beginning of Jesus' preaching ministry, and the call of the first disciples. We consider the call of the gospel and we ask what true abandon looks like in our culture.
In this final lesson from the book of Judges the depravity of the people will reach tragic and horrific depths. Their downward spiral of wickedness in chapters 19-21 points to their need for a better and true Judge and Deliverer, a true and righteous King.
The Biblical narrative of Samson continues in Judges 16. Samson's recklessness escalates, as does his inability to resist beautiful women. His story closes on a pitiful note but one that gives us hope in the day of trouble when we too despair of being beyond the grace of God.
After studying Samson's nativity in the last lesson, we continue his story in Judges 14 and 15. We will seek his weaknesses and his willfulness on full display! But the Lord is at work and His purposes will prevail. He will use Samson to begin to deliver His people from the Philistines, just as He promised.
In our lesson covering Judges 10:6-12:15, we discuss one of the saddest and most foolish vows in all of the Bible. The book of Judges continues to instruct us in the escalating nature of sin and rebellion and the tyranny of idolatry. Our souls are desperately sick and hopelessly enslaved apart from the Lord's deliverance!