What is the unforgivable sin? This sermon on Mark 3:20-35 is an attempt to answer that question from the context of the passage. While there have been a wide range of interpretations of this Scripture, context is king in understanding this.
This passage is closely related to Hebrews 6:4-6. The issue is how people respond to the illumination of the Holy Spirit. If they respond by rejecting that illumination (not regeneration, which cannot be rejected any more than a baby can choose to reject life when it is born by an act of its will) and then crediting the truth they have learned to the work of Satan himself, they have committed the unpardonable sin. Or, as Jesus puts it in this text, an eternal sin (ESV).
There is much more here than just the unforgivable sin. There are statements on reality with Jesus, the meaning and extent of forgiveness of sins, and more. I hope you will take the time to check it out.
OK. I admit it. I couldn't think of a better title for this sermon than John MacArthur's "Twelve Ordinary Men" on Mark 3:13-19, but I am going for the "average" over the "ordinary". In this sermon, I try to emphasize what qualifies men for...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Mark 3:7-12 is a summary of the ministry of Jesus Christ to this point in the Book of Mark. On the surface, it seems like a very simple message, one I was tempted to skim over and bundle together with the next verses in chapter three on the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
This week's message comes from Mark 3:1-6. The big idea of the sermon is "The Sabbath was created as a blessing for man and not for his destruction." This is similar to what Jesus said at the end of Mark 2: "The Sabbath was created for man and...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Perhaps one of the stickiest issues to discuss with modern Christians is how we ought to observe the Lord's Day. The danger that we face is falling into the Pharisaical trap of establishing extra-Biblical rules as hard and fast laws which we use...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
This past Sunday I went out of town to do ministry at the Super Bowl Outreach in Indianapolis, IN. More than 100 believers gathered to spread the gospel at the premier sporting event in this nation. More than 100,000 gospel tracts were...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
This week's sermon is on Mark 2:18-22. I'd like to start this blog with a challenge. If you hold to sound theology, is your joy in your grip of the doctrines or in Jesus Himself? Certainly the doctrines point to Jesus and should lead us into...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
This Sunday I preached on Mark 2:13-17 and we looked at the two methods of evangelism exemplified in this passage: street evangelism and friendship evangelism. When Jesus does friendship evangelism, it doesn't look anything like what we call...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
This week's sermon from Mark 2:1-12 is a case study in felt needs. In this text a paralytic man is brought to Jesus by his friends. His felt need is obvious; he wants to be mobile again. His friends are radical in their desire to see Jesus do...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
This week we took a break from the series on Mark to preach a sermon related to prayer since we had a prayer emphasis week with Mack Tomlinson. You can listen to Mack's lectures on prayer here. Mack came to lecture our Log College students on...[ abbreviated | read entire ]