Sunday, September 26, 2021

SEPTEMBER 26, 2021 | PASTOR ROGER MELSON | FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD | GENESIS 18:1-33

 


























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FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD 
GENESIS 18:1-33

In endeavoring to find a theme that runs throughout the chapter, I settled on the theme of friendship. The chapter is divided into four easily recognizable parts. Verses 1-8 comprise the first section; verses 9-15, the second; verses 16-21, the third; and verses 22-33, the fourth.

Verses 1-8 give expression to the friendship Abraham had with the Lord and the communion he most certainly had with the Lord. This whole chapter finds significance in these first verses. They are foundational for all that follows.

The second section reveals one of the main reasons, if not the main reason, for the Lord visiting Abraham’s tent dwelling at the Oak of Mamre. The Lord addresses Sarah through Abraham that her faith might be fortified.

Thirdly, there is the announcement of what God is about to do concerning the inhabitants of Sodom. Along with this announcement is a great responsibility that Abraham will undertake. That responsibility is one that extends to Christian parents today.

Finally, there is the intercession of Abraham. We will consider the main intent of Abraham’s prayer and the concept of substitution.

May today’s message be an encouragement to your life in Christ.


                                                    Roger and Marsha Melson



Sunday, September 12, 2021

SEPTEMBER 12, 2021 | PASTOR JOHN BAYLES | THE PASSION: THE PARABLE OF THE WICKED TENANTS | MARK 12:1-12

 

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2021 | PASTOR JOHN BAYLES | THE PASSION: THE PARABLE OF THE WICKED TENANTS | MARK 12:1-12

The Passion: The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
Mark 12:1-12

The parable we will study today, is the only one which Mark includes in his Gospel outside those presented in chapter four. As we have discussed already, Mark is highlighting a specific theme in his Gospel which aims at the nation of Israel, Judiasim and in particular the classic Jewish religion centering in the temple in Jerusalem. We saw earlier in chapter eleven, Mark used a three-pronged emphasis of first: Jesus cursing the fig tree; second: clearing the temple and third: commenting on the destruction of the fig tree. Mark is again magnifying the message of Jesus using this same theme. Judaism, representing the Old Age, is coming to an end. As the Old Age recedes, the New Age, the kingdom of God is appearing in the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 

 Mark brings the whole scope of Jesus' mission into clear view. As a result, the Jewish leaders became acutely aware that He “was speaking about them.” They were the wicked tenants. However, they had no idea of the extent to which this parable revealed their role in God's plan for the ages. Nor did they realize how, through their hardened hearts, they would play such a major role in bringing about this eschatological change. They would become the very instrument of Jesus' death on the cross. This atoning sacrifice would catapult the end of the Old Age and the rise of the New Age. The world was changing and Jesus was the cartalyst and force bringing that change. The Old Age was coming to an end and the New Age was appearing.