Soli Deo Gloria

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“King of Rest” Mark 2:18-3:6

Theme: We need the new King Jesus Christ over our old cold, violent, sinful hearts.
Aim: We face sorrow and trials in our lives, but if we have Christ we have a rest that nothing can touch.
(1) New vs. Old (Mark 2:18-22)
a. Why don’t Jesus’ disciples fast?
b. The wedding guests
c. Unshrunk cloth & new wine
(2) New – The King of Rest (Mark 2:13-14)
(3) Old – Sinful Violent Hearts (Mark 2:15-17)

“King for Sinners” Mark 2:1-17

Theme: Jesus came for the sick, forgiving sin and calling sinners.
Aim: Jesus is a king for sinners who feel their need for him. You can’t have Jesus as your king unless you’re a sinner. If you refuse to acknowledge you’re a sinner, friend drop your guise. Drop your pride. Open your eyes and see your need in the face of the coming judgment of a holy God. Turn from your sin and trust in Jesus as your king.
(1) Jesus Forgives Sinners (Mark 2:1-12)
(2) Jesus Calls “Sell Outs” (Mark 2:13-14)
(3) Jesus Came for the Sick (Mark 2:15-17)

“King Jesus” Mark 1:16-45

Theme: Jesus rules over men, spirits, and illness, and His prayerful mission was to preach the gospel.
Aim: Turn from the empty kings of this world, and have Christ as your King.
Jesus is…
(1) King over men (Mark 1:14-20)
(2) King over spirits (Mark 1:21-28, 32)
(3) King over illness (Mark 1:29-34, 40-45)
(4) A King who prays and preaches (Mark 1:35-39)

“The Gospel of Jesus Christ” Mark 1:1-15

Theme: Jesus, the Son of God, is God, and Jesus is the good news that John looked forward to.
Aim: Go to the Word of God to learn who who Jesus Christ really is, then repent and believe in Him!
(1) Jesus Is the Good News (Mark 1:1)
a. The beginning of the gospel
b. Point of origin
(2) Jesus Is the Son of God (Mark 1:1b)
(3) Jesus’ Forerunner Foretold (Mark 1:2-8)
a. John the Baptist
b. Substance of John’s Teaching
(4) The Trinity and the Gospel (Mark 1:9-15)

“God Redeems His People” Ruth 4:1-22

Theme: God redeems His people.
Aim: Put your hope in God’s redemption through Ruth’s great-great grandson; King David’s greater Son, Jesus Christ.
(1) A Proper Redeemer (Ruth 4:1-6)
(2) God’s Promise (Ruth 4:7-12)
(3) A Marriage (Ruth 4:13-17)
(4) Genealogy of Another Redeemer (Ruth 4:18-22)

“God Provides for His People” Ruth 2:1-3:18

Theme: God’s people are refugees who take refuge in God by seeking a Redeemer and waiting for redemption.
Aim: Take refuge from the trials of this world and from God’s eternal wrath in the Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
(1) The Lord Is a Refuge (Ruth 2:1-13)
(2) God’s People are Refugees (Ruth 2:14-23)
(3) God’s People Pursue a Redeemer (Ruth 3:1-15)
(4) God’s People Waiting for Redemption (Ruth 3:16-18)

“Suffering, God’s Kindness & Hope” Ruth 1:1-22

Theme: In the midst of sin and suffering, God is kind in His providence to draw His people to Himself with good news.
Aim: Trust in the good news of God’s provision of salvation through the living water and bread of life, Jesus Christ
(1) Suffering (Ruth 1:1-5)
(2) God’s Providential Kindness (Ruth 1:6-18)
(3) Hope (Ruth 1:19-22)

“Joy in the Lord” Philippians 4:1-23

Theme: Only a love rooted in something that can never change can bring everlasting joy.
Aim: Love the Lord heart, soul, mind, and strength (Deuteronomy 6:5; 10:12; 11;13; 13:3; 30:6; Joshua 22:5; 1 Kings 8:23; 2 Chronicles 6:14; Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27; etc.)
(1) Joy Is Connected to the Church (Philippians 4:1)
(2) Joy Empowers Reconciliation (Philippians 4:2-5)
(3) Joy Leads to Prayer & What We Think About (Philippians 4:6-9)
(4) Joy in Christ Leads to Contentment (Philippians 4:10-13)
(5) Joy Is Rooted in the Glory of God (Philippians 4:14-20)
(6) The Gospel Fuels Joy (Philippians 4:21-23)

“Imitate Lives Worthy of the Gospel” Philippians 2:19-3:21

Theme: We are called to imitate faithful brothers and sisters in Christ who live lives worthy of the gospel.
Aim: Follow Christ by following those who follow Christ.
(1) Imitate Timothy (Philippians 2:19-24)
a. Humble/Selfless
b. Gospel Service/Slave of Jesus Christ
(2) Imitate Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:25-30)
a. Selfless
b. Held his life loosely/Willingness to die for Christ
c. Eager to serve the church/Complete what was lacking
(3) Imitate Paul (Philippians 3:1-16)
a. Don’t add anything to the gospel
(4) Consider Outcome of Your Imitation (Philippians 3:17-21)

“A Life Worthy of the Gospel” Philippians 1:21-2:18

Theme: The primary quality of a life worthy of the gospel is the humble recognition that we aren’t worthy of the gospel.
Aim: Work out your salvation with the knowledge that it is God working your growth in the gospel.
(1) To Live Is Christ and to Die Is Gain (Philippians 1:21-26)
(2) Living a Life Worthy of the Gospel (Philippians 1:27-2:11)
(3) Work Out Your Salvation (Philippians 2:12-18)