• Defining the Gospel

    Matthew 24:14

    Ultimately, there are only two possible kingdoms where we can hold citizenship. We can hold citizenship in the kingdom of this world and experience eternal death, or we can be citizens of the kingdom of God and live in His ...Read More

  • The Greatest Commandments

    Mark 12:28–31

    Dr. R.C. Sproul also writes in his Mark commentary, “We do not really progress in the Christian life until we understand that we are to love God simply because He is lovely and wonderful, worthy of every creature’s unqualified ...Read More

  • Witnesses to the Kingdom

    Mark 9:1

    Whatever view we take of the specific event to which Jesus refers in Mark 9:1, we are left without any doubt that the kingdom of God came in power in the first century. The birth of Christianity changed the ...Read More

  • Legion Destroys Some Swine

    Mark 5:11-13

    Scripture exhorts us to care for animals and not to be cruel to them. Even so, the Bible never puts the worth of animals on the same level as the worth of humanity. We “are of more value than many ...Read More

  • Assurance and Conviction

    Hebrews 11:1-2

    As we have seen, biblical faith is not naive wish fulfillment that believes in something just because it makes us feel better. Neither does it involve believing despite the evidence. Instead, biblical faith is confident trust in an objective but ...Read More

  • Forgiveness and Healing

    Mark 2:6-12

    Forgiveness is our greatest need. Disease, depression, sorrow, poverty, injustice, and all other ills are true needs; ultimately, however, all these ills exist because sin has corrupted creation. Not all of our problems are caused by our specific sins, but ...Read More

  • The Faith of the Friends

    Mark 2:1-5

    John Calvin comments that the paralytic’s friends “would never have submitted to so much trouble, nor contended with such formidable hindrances, if they had not derived courage from entire confidence of success. The fruit of their faith appeared in their ...Read More

  • The Disobedient Leper

    Mark 1:40-45

    Our Lord’s grace and compassion is also seen in His reaction to the leprous man. Some manuscripts of Mark 1:41 state that Jesus was moved by anger, not pity. Dr. R.C. Sproul explains our Lord’s anger: “He was ...Read More

  • The Purpose of Jesus’ Ministry

    Mark 1:35-39

    If Jesus, who is the Son of God incarnate, found it so necessary to pray, shouldn’t we also pray? Fellowship with the Lord in prayer is an absolute necessity if we will be sustained in life and ministry over the ...Read More

  • Healings in Capernaum

    Mark 1:29-34

    Several biblical texts show us God’s sovereignty in revealing Himself. Our Creator does not show Himself on demand; rather, He chooses to reveal Himself and His purposes when He sees fit. This happened during Jesus’ ministry when He would not ...Read More

  • Casting out Demons

    Mark 1:23-18

    As Romans 8:19–21 indicates, the salvation that Jesus brings will encompass even the physical order. That cannot happen, however, until Christ deals with the evil powers that hold creation hostage. Jesus dealt the decisive blow of victory on ...Read More

  • Teaching with Authority

    Mark 1:21-22

    Jesus is often regarded as a good teacher, but as many Christian apologists have noted, we insult Christ if we view Him as merely a good teacher. Our Lord was not simply a wise moral philosopher; rather, He spoke with ...Read More

  • Jesus Calls His First Disciples

    Mark 1:16-20

    God has called elders, teachers, and other Christian leaders to be fishers of men—to prepare men and women for judgment day by calling them to repentance and instructing them in biblical truth. However, while ordained church officers have a ...Read More

  • Jesus Preaches the Gospel

    Mark 1:14-15

    The gospel is not a message that “you can have your best life now”; that “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life”; or that you must “ask Jesus into your heart.” Some of these statements ...Read More

  • Tempted in the Wilderness

    Mark 1:12-13

    In his commentary Mark, Dr. R.C. Sproul notes how Jesus’ victory over temptation in the wilderness would have been particularly relevant to first-century Christians. They faced persecution and death for holding firm to their confession, and in Jesus they ...Read More