Sermons on Mark

Good News (25) – In the dock

Mark 14:53-15:15 There have been some famous trials in history – Socrates, Galileo, OJ Simpson – but none as important as that of Jesus. The fate of the world depended on the outcome. And how we respond to it will determine the outcome at our own trial, when we appear in the dock at the final judgement.

Good News (22) – Be on your guard!

Mark 13:1-37 Imagine if, as with Covid and terrorism, we also had five spiritual threat levels for Christians in the UK. Where would you put the current threat level? How big a spiritual threat is there to believers? What action should we be taking? Jesus tells us in this final block of teaching before his death.

Good News (20) – What Authority?

Mark 11:27-12:17 Today in the West, the individual is king. And in particular, ‘the inner psychological life of the individual is sovereign’, as one writer has put it. How I feel is king. But such a view puts us on a collision course with reality – and with Jesus. There are givens to which we must conform, and Jesus is one of them. He has God’s authority.

Good News (19) – Sweet & Sour

Mark 11:1-25 Sweet and sour is a popular dish on the Chinese takeaway menu, and it’s one that we find on God’s menu too. God is a God of salvation, but also of judgement. Jesus is a gentle donkey-riding King who has come to save, but also an angry fig-tree cursing, table-turning King who has come to judge.