The Hope Of The Gospel: Mark 11-14
Topic: Biblical Passage: Mark 11:7–14:58
The problem is not out there in the world, sin happens in the heart of man. Its our own humanity.
- “Our first parents, by this sin, fell from their original righteousness and communion with God, and we in them whereby death came upon all: all becoming dead in sin, and wholly defiled in all the faculties and parts of soul and body.” ( Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12, etc; Titus 1:15; Genesis 6:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Mark 7:14-23; Romans 3:10-19 ) LBC 1689
2.Is there one mighty to save?
Jesus is mighty to save! Jesus saves us from the sacrificial death on the cross.
*Mark 10:32-34; Romans 5:8
3.What is he rescuing us to?
-House - King that his love and kindness never fails, rule and reigns over His people.
The Church is the house of God.
-Temple - We are the temple of God.
*2 Samuel 7
Jesus rescue us from sin/death. God is saving us to His house, cleansing the temple.
*Mark 14:58 (He says the book of Matthew, but its Mark.)
*1 Timothy 3:15; 1 Corinthians 3:16 There is no place like home.
1.Power of the Gospel. We are Gospel centered people. The Gospel not only saves but also transforms us.
- “Therefore, to be gospel-centered means that the gospel – and Jesus himself – is our greatest hope and boast, our deepest longing and joy, and our most passionate song and message. It means that the gospel is what defines us as Christians, unites us as brothers and sisters, changes us as sinner/saints and sends us as God’s people on mission. When we are gospel-centered the gospel is exalted above every other good thing in our lives and triumphs over every bad thing set against it.” ~ Joe Thorn
- “We never get “beyond the gospel” in our Christian life to something more advanced. The gospel is not the first step in a stairway of truths, rather, it is more like the hub in a wheel of truth. The gospel is not just the A-B-C’s of Christianity, but it is the A to Z of Christianity. The gospel is not just the minimum required doctrine necessary to enter the kingdom, but the way we make all progress in the kingdom. We are not justified by the gospel and then sanctified by obedience but the gospel is the way we grow (Gal. 3:1-3) and are renewed (Col 1:6). It is the solution to each problem, the key to each closed door, the power through every barrier (Rom 1:16-17).” ~ Tim Keller
3.We are a Gospel community.