Sermons by Richard Kidger

Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark – Part 9

Have you ever noticed how meetings might get more frequent or the pace of work intensifies as you get closer to a project deadline? Maybe you’re planning a wedding, preparing for exams or nearing the launch of a new product. Even rehearsals for a theatrical play might change as the director focuses on those parts that need to be refined so that the show can go on as planned. The story of Jesus and his time on earth as told in the gospel of Mark changes gears in the latter chapters of the book in much the same way. Jesus starts to prepare his disciples for the ultimate goal of his mission here on earth. He continues to reveal who he is with greater focus on his purpose and how this will come about. Join us as we continue in the book of Mark and watch how Jesus reveals his identity and intentions and what it means for us today.

Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark – Part 8

They say it takes at least three years for people to get to know each other well. The assumption is that by the third year, you’ve gone through a lot of different experiences together, both good and bad. You’ve probably faced obstacles, seen each other under stress, and had disagreements. People open up to each other at their own pace, and some might even say you can never really truly know someone – just when you think you do, something unexpected happens.  In the Gospel of Mark, there is a recurring theme – Jesus’ identity.  His identity is affirmed in some cases, concealed in others, and revealed under extraordinary circumstances.  Why is it important to understand who Jesus is, why he came to earth, and what he did for us? The Gospel of Mark puts our faith under a microscope and challenges us to evaluate, or even to re-evaluate, our understanding of Who is Jesus. Take this journey with us.

Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark – Part 6

They say it takes at least three years for people to get to know each other well. The assumption is that by the third year, you’ve gone through a lot of different experiences together, both good and bad. You’ve probably faced obstacles, seen each other under stress, and had disagreements. People open up to each other at their own pace, and some might even say you can never really truly know someone – just when you think you do, something unexpected happens.  In the Gospel of Mark, there is a recurring theme – Jesus’ identity.  His identity is affirmed in some cases, concealed in others, and revealed under extraordinary circumstances.  Why is it important to understand who Jesus is, why he came to earth, and what he did for us? The Gospel of Mark puts our faith under a microscope and challenges us to evaluate, or even to re-evaluate, our understanding of Who is Jesus. Take this journey with us.

Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark – Part 4

Gather a group of friends together for a movie night and you will usually find someone pulling for an action film. Action movies have been blockbuster hits for decades. Superheroes are the latest attraction. Who doesn’t want to marvel at the earth’s mightiest heroes joining forces to take on threats too big for any one hero to tackle? Some would say there is a lot more to superhero movies than the explosive encounters between good and evil. The story plots usually include a major threat to our existence as we know it. One film critic has said that during troubled times – economic upheavals, rising crime rates, and other circumstances that tend to keep people on edge – it is nice to think or believe that there is somebody out there who could protect us from all that. If we were to step back and look at how the New Testament portrays how Jesus lived when he walked the earth, we would see a man of action. In fact, wherever he went, he sent waves and ripples through communities with his presence, his teachings and miracles. You would often hear how ‘all the people were amazed’ at who they encountered and what they saw. The book of Mark in the Bible is known for its focus on what Jesus did… some have called it an action-packed docudrama of a man – the son of God – who emerges as the Kingly Messiah. Join us as we travel through this book together.

Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark – Part 3

Gather a group of friends together for a movie night and you will usually find someone pulling for an action film. Action movies have been blockbuster hits for decades. Superheroes are the latest attraction. Who doesn’t want to marvel at the earth’s mightiest heroes joining forces to take on threats too big for any one hero to tackle? Some would say there is a lot more to superhero movies than the explosive encounters between good and evil. The story plots usually include a major threat to our existence as we know it. One film critic has said that during troubled times – economic upheavals, rising crime rates, and other circumstances that tend to keep people on edge – it is nice to think or believe that there is somebody out there who could protect us from all that. If we were to step back and look at how the New Testament portrays how Jesus lived when he walked the earth, we would see a man of action. In fact, wherever he went, he sent waves and ripples through communities with his presence, his teachings and miracles. You would often hear how ‘all the people were amazed’ at who they encountered and what they saw. The book of Mark in the Bible is known for its focus on what Jesus did… some have called it an action-packed docudrama of a man – the son of God – who emerges as the Kingly Messiah. Join us as we travel through this book together.

Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark – Part 2

Gather a group of friends together for a movie night and you will usually find someone pulling for an action film. Action movies have been blockbuster hits for decades. Superheroes are the latest attraction. Who doesn’t want to marvel at the earth’s mightiest heroes joining forces to take on threats too big for any one hero to tackle? Some would say there is a lot more to superhero movies than the explosive encounters between good and evil. The story plots usually include a major threat to our existence as we know it. One film critic has said that during troubled times – economic upheavals, rising crime rates, and other circumstances that tend to keep people on edge – it is nice to think or believe that there is somebody out there who could protect us from all that. If we were to step back and look at how the New Testament portrays how Jesus lived when he walked the earth, we would see a man of action. In fact, wherever he went, he sent waves and ripples through communities with his presence, his teachings and miracles. You would often hear how ‘all the people were amazed’ at who they encountered and what they saw. The book of Mark in the Bible is known for its focus on what Jesus did… some have called it an action-packed docudrama of a man – the son of God – who emerges as the Kingly Messiah. Join us as we travel through this book together.