Pastor Mark describes three mysteries of discipleship. A biblical mystery is something that has been hidden in the past but now is revealed. Even though the NT reveals several mysteries, we can never fully understand them. This sermon especially emphasizes the mystery of suffering, focusing on the Coptic Christians in Egypt, with 40 church burned in the last half of 2013.
Normally, when we pray for one another, we pray for healing from diseases or help in emergencies. The Apostle Paul suggest a different kind of prayer--prayer for better disciples. The passage from Colossians teaches us how to pray for a disciple's head, hands and heart.
In this first passage from the Colossians series, the apostle Paul celebrates the spiritual growth of the new church in Colossae. Pastor Mark introduces this new sermon series and encourages the St. Paul's Congregation with news of how the gospel is growing and bearing fruit throughout the world.
Pastor Mark revives a Christmas Sermon preached by his father when he was a child. The message encourages us to have the excitement and faith of a child, but to ponder the meaning of Christmas with the meditation skills of an adult.
Pastor Mark explores Mary's emotional journey from anxiety to adoration, as she grapples with the news that she is to be the mother of the Messiah. The Magnificat and the story behind it reveal significant lessons in trust and how to grow in faith during trying times.
In this sermon, the St. Paul's Chorale helps Pastor Mark communicate Isaiah's admonition to "Prepare the way of the Lord" with selection from Handel's "Messiah." The sermon encourages us to prepare for the coming of Jesus by receiving God's comfort (Is. 40:1-2), repenting of our sins (Is. 40:3-4), rejoicing in our hope (Is. 40:5), and repeating God's message (Is 40:9).
Pastor Mark launches this Advent Series with an exploration of Zechariah's Song, the Benedictus. God works in times os silence to deepen our faith and praise. As you listen, you will understand how the 400 years of silence between the testaments, and the 9 months of Zechariah's silence during Elizabeth's pregnancy were important for God's work of preparation for the first Christmas.
Discipleship is much more than conversion. Ruth was a woman who, after making a commitment to Naomi's God, put feet to her faith. Both Ruth and Boaz participated in their own providence through reponsible human behavior. Little by little, Ruth and Naomi begin to see God's plan unfold in their tragic situation.
"Can I trust God when He allows pain and suffering in my life, especially when I see little or not purpose in it?" That is the question raised in the first chapter of Ruth. This message, from Ruth 1:1-22, shares important truths about suffering, which will help God's people see the smiling face of God behind a frowning providence.