From the desk of Will Spokes, Senior Pastor
How firm a foundation,
ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith
in His excellent Word!
What more can He say
than to you He hath said,
You, who unto Jesus
for refuge have fled?
Welcome to the Red Mountain Sunday Recap! How are you doing? You are three days into a new week. Hopefully you will find some encouragement and good news from remembering some of what we did this past Sunday! Happy reading!
Q&A Westminster Shorter Catechism
Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.
Then [the crowd] said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” (John 6:28-29)
Food For Thought:
“What is a Christian? The question can be answered in many ways, but the richest answer I know is that a Christian is one who has God for his Father.” (J.I. Packer)
Sermon Recap: See Mark 4:35-5:20
The two stories that make up this passage are some of the most dramatic stories you will find in all of scripture. In the story of Jesus calming the storm, Jesus demonstrates his power over all of creation. In the story of Jesus healing the demoniac, Jesus demonstrates his power over the powers of darkness. Taken together we learn that Jesus’ power reaches into every aspect of life, from the cosmos to the soul. In other words, Jesus alone has the power to save helpless people in hopeless situations. Do you feel overwhelmed or distracted by your circumstances? Do you feel hopeless and beyond the reach of God’s mercy? Intriguingly both stories end in fear (4:41; 5:15). Are you filled with fear over the power of Jesus? If so, do not miss his powerful mercy (5:19-20). For it is by the costly mercy of Jesus that we receive new life through faith in him. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24).
1. The challenge of Jesus’ power (4:35-41)
2. The uniqueness of Jesus’ power (5:1-17)
3. The evidence of Jesus’ power (5:18-20)
1. What was new or compelling to you? What stood out to you from this passage?
2. What questions does this passage raise for you?
3. Was there anything that bothered you?
4. Who is in most need of rescue in this passage? The disciples (4:38,41), the demoniac (5:2-5), or the people (v. 14-17).
5. How does this passage give expression to your heart attitude toward Jesus?
6. What did you learn about Jesus and your need for his powerful mercy?
While it has been out for a while, Meg and I recently came across a new children’s story bible I wanted to make you aware of. It is called The Gospel Story Bible. It is a wonderful next step after The Jesus Story Book Bible. Along with the story bible the author has written brief devotionals that may be of interest to you. There is an Old Testament Devotional called Long Story Shortand a New Testament Devotional called Old Story New.
That’s enough for this week. Let me leave you with the final verse from How Firm A Foundation!
The soul that on Jesus
hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not
desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell
should endeavor to break,
I'll never, no never,
no never forsake.
Until next week,