• Jesus Visits Tyre and Sidon Devotional

    Mark 7:24–26

    That Jesus went into a region that would have been expected to be hostile to Him is instructive to us. We are not to avoid those persons who appear to be most unlikely to believe the gospel. Instead, we must preach to them as well, trusting in the Lord to change their hearts. We must preach the gospel to all people, not just those whom we see as most likely to believe in Jesus. View Resource

  • The Faith of a Gentile Woman Devotional

    Mark 7:27–30

    In today’s passage, the Syrophoenician woman is happy to get the “crumbs of the kingdom.” Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Mark: “The good news is that in the overflow of mercy and grace that comes to us from the hands of God, though we should be satisfied with crumbs, He is not satisfied with giving us crumbs. He has lavished His grace on us.” View Resource

  • Healing a Deaf Man Devotional

    Mark 7:31–35

    The Gospels do not always give all the reasons why Jesus acted in the way that He did, but we do not need to know all of that information in order to trust Christ. It is enough for us to know that He is the Son of God incarnate and that even when He does things that seem perplexing, His wisdom governs all. We can trust Him even when He does things that we do not understand. View Resource

  • The Crowd’s Response to Jesus Devotional

    Mark 7:36–37

    Although the people of the Decapolis should have obeyed the Lord, they were certainly correct that Jesus does all things well. We witness to this truth every time we thank the Lord for His good gifts and enjoy His creation. Let us never fail to ascribe glory to God for His works, for He does all things well indeed. View Resource

  • Feeding Four Thousand Devotional

    Mark 8:1–10

    Sometimes we find ourselves doubting the Lord’s concern for us and His ability to meet our needs. If we were to remember what He has done for us, particularly in rescuing us from sin when we were hopelessly lost, we would find ourselves more apt to trust that He will provide. Think on what the Lord has done for you, and trust that He will come through again because He loves you. View Resource

  • A Generation That Sought a Sign Devotional

    Mark 8:11–13

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage that “if [unbelievers] will not be convinced, they shall not.” Nothing we can do or say can convince those who have hardened their hearts to believe in Christ. Their opposition is moral and spiritual, and only God can overcome it. We should therefore pray for those to whom we preach the gospel that they would have their hearts softened by God Himself. View Resource

  • The Leaven of the Pharisees and the Leaven of Herod Devotional

    Mark 8:14–15

    When we harden our hearts even just a little bit and refuse to obey God on what we might consider a minor matter, we introduce leaven into our lives that can spread to other areas. It is imperative, therefore, that we regularly repent for our disobedience and seek to obey the Lord in all of life. We should be striving for obedience in all matters, not just the really “big” ones. View Resource

  • The Disciples’ Hardness Devotional

    Mark 8:16–21

    Simply being in the presence of Jesus is not enough to guarantee faith. Instead, God must grant us ears to hear and hearts to believe His Word. We must not only attend to the preaching and reading of Scripture, but we must also pray that the Lord would open our eyes and minds as we do so. We need His work in our hearts so that we will believe and obey His Word. View Resource

  • The Blind Man at Bethsaida Devotional

    Mark 8:22–26

    That Jesus may work in a manner that seems slower in some cases than in others—such as the blind man in Bethsaida—is encouraging. It tells us that we should not give up on those who seem to be hardened the most against the gospel. God may yet change their hearts, so we should continue praying for them and preaching the gospel to them as we have the opportunity. View Resource

  • Peter’s Confession of Faith Devotional

    Mark 8:27—30

    First Timothy 3:15 calls the church “a pillar and buttress of the truth,” holding up the truth before the world. Yet if the church is not grounded in the truth, it cannot hold it up before the world. Therefore, insofar as we are able and according to our callings, it is important for each of us to support the work of ensuring that the church remains committed to biblical truth. View Resource

  • The Christ Devotional

    Mark 8:29

    The word christ corresponds to the Hebrew word messiah, which also means “anointed one.” Although these are comon words in Scripture, they are most fully expresed in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is “the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Heb. 1:3). View Resource

  • Jesus Reveals His Purpose in Coming Devotional

    Mark 8:31–32b

    If we are not careful, we may likewise entertain false ideas of the work of the Messiah. Thus, we must not selectively read Scripture the way many ancient Jews did but rather study the whole counsel of God so that we can get a full-orbed picture of the person and work of Christ. Let us read and meditate on all of Scripture so that we may know who Christ is and what He has done. View Resource

  • Peter Corrects Jesus Devotional

    Mark 8:32b–33

    The greatest theological battles the church has faced have been caused by imprecise language. It makes a difference, for example, whether we are justified by faith or we are justified by faith alone. The deity of Christ hinges on whether He is of the same nature or a similar nature to the Father. Let us be careful to be precise in our understanding of doctrine that we might better capture all the nuances of biblical teaching. View Resource

  • Cruciform Discipleship Devotional

    Mark 8:34–35

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Mark that “the Christian life is a throwaway life.” We must be willing to lose all we have now in order to gain everything in the world to come. This does not mean we merit eternal life by giving up everything or that the degree of suffering is the same for all Christians. It does mean that true faith in Jesus—the kind of faith that saves us—will renounce everything, even this life, for the sake of Jesus and His glory. View Resource

  • The Value of the Human Soul Devotional

    Mark 8:36–37

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Mark, “We can see the true value of souls by noting how much Jesus was willing to pay for the souls of His people.” That the Son of God was willing to endure the wrath of God as the incarnate Lord tells us all we need to know about how much we should value our souls. Seeking to preserve our lives if it means disobeying Christ, therefore, is the most foolish, loss-inducing decision we could ever make. View Resource