Lie: If you have any or wrestle with , you are a , or maybe not a at all.

If you are honest with your and seek , you will find that your faith is and your

Matthew 7:21-23

A must accompany one’s

Romans 4:5 

You can do literally to be ; God has already done to make you right with him

“Counted” or “credited” –

It’s not you earned, but that earned and gives to you

Romans 4:3; Genesis 12:1-4; 15:1-6; 21:1-5

Abraham believed , and God Abraham with a

Romans 4:23-25

When we trust Jesus for our and acknowledge him as , God counts our belief as

I am trusting Jesus as my and the one who will .

Your assurance in Jesus can’t come from a ; the assurance of your faith is what you’re doing – your before God in this moment

“standing” as , “seated” in

Psalm 51:1-4, 7, 10

Our assurance is grounded in our , not our

God makes his very clear about you and me in Scripture

1 John 5:13; 4:19; John 14:18, 3

Mark 14:32-36

“troubled” – “to be ;” overwhelmed with

Jesus in the Garden, and it the usually unshockable Son of God.

The anguish and pain of the cross was not what concerned his soul. It was knowing that he would be abandoned by and separated from his Father.

While we may not fully understand what ; he understands .

Hebrews 4:15; 5:7-10

In the OT, “the cup” is a metaphor for .

Ezekiel 23:32-34; Isaiah 51:22

Jesus began to experience the spiritual, cosmic, infinite disintegration that would happen when .

Matthew 27:46

The more deeply you the you can get.

Your concept of God’s will only be as big as your understanding of his .

In the midst of all the agony, fear, and dread, Jesus conquers the temptation to .

He is but .


Carson: In the first garden “Not your will but mine” changed Paradise to desert and brought man from Eden to Gethsemane. Now “Not my will but yours” brings anguish to the man who prays it but transforms the desert into the kingdom and brings man from Gethsemane to the gates of glory.

On the way to the cross, .

Mark 11:12-14

THE FIG TREE: What’s the point?

Mark 11:15-18



OR ?

(1 Kings 8:41-43; Isaiah 56:7; Jer. 7:11)

Mark 11:19-21 and Mark 11:15-18


The temple one thing, yet another.

. (Jer. 8:10-13)

Jesus did not the temple. (See Mark 13:1-2)

Jesus the temple.

(John 2:18-22; Hebrews 7-10; 1 Peter 1:19; 1 Cor. 5:17)

Mark 11:22-25

Jesus and (Gal. 3:26-29; Rom. 8:38; Mark 11:22-25)

Jesus makes us .

(1 Cor. 3:16; 1 Pet. 2:9; Rom. 12:2)


The King’s Cross (Part 11)

“The Ransom” (Mark 10:32-45)

March 10, 2024

Mark 10:32-34

Jesus knew his death was absolutely central to both his identity and his mission.

Jesus tells us for the first time why he will do it.

Mark 10:45

He came to be a substitutionary sacrifice

Jesus didn’t have to die despite God’s love; he had to die because of God’s love. And it had to be this way because all life-changing love is substitutionary sacrifice.

They had no idea that God would come and pay it himself! The cross is the self-substitution of God.

Mark 10:35-38

Their request reveals their complete lack of comprehension of what Jesus has just said.

When Jesus is in the actual moment of his greatest glory, there will be someone on his right and on his left, but they will be two criminals being crucified!

Their request reveals their superficial understanding of what it means to follow Jesus as his disciple, and their inflated opinion of their own importance!

The cup is almost always a metaphor for the judgment of God against evil.

Jesus uses the word “baptism” in the older sense of an overwhelming experience, an immersion.

Mark 10:38-45

A contrast between the way things are in the world and the way things are in the kingdom.

The way for us as followers of Jesus to win influence is through serving, rather than power and control.

Mark 10:45

The best way to increase your happiness is to actually do acts of selfless kindness.


The King’s Cross (Part 8)

“The Turn” (Mark 8:27—9:1)

February 18, 2024

The of Jesus’

Mark 8:27-30

Crossroads of :

Crossroads of : Who is Jesus?

(see Mark 4:41; 6:51; 2 Samuel 7:12-16; Psalm 2)

Mark 8:31-33

Crossroads of : Why did Jesus come?

(see Daniel 7:13-14; Isaiah 53)

: Peter wants without .

(see Matthew 4:1-11)

: Only Jesus can meet our need for .

: Only Jesus can meet our need for .

Mark 8:34—9:1

: The Messiah and His disciples .

Jesus is with us “on the way” .

The Kingdom of God .

What began in will end in .

Jesus’ love enables us to and to .

(see 2 Corinthians 5:14-17)


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Christ commanded us to love one another even as . For us to know how to love each other we must understand the character of the rich deep love that Jesus Christ that Paul describes in Ephesians 3 as surpassing knowledge.

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I. His love is unmerited

A. 1 John 4:10 “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the .”

B. Ephesians 2:4-7 “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

C. What escapes definition is that even when we reject Him, we disobey Him, we sin against Him, . We call it ‘’, unmerited love from God to His rebellious creation.

D. God’s unmerited love is given to us, people who don’t deserve His love to transform and change us into new creations.

E. We are such undeserving beneficiaries of God’s . He reached down to us in our absolute total depravity and lifted us to Himself pouring out His grace to us.

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II. His love is unlimited

A. He, who loved us forgave us, doing so without limit.

1. Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

2. Luke 23:34 Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.’ And they divided His garments and cast lots.

B. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son…

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III. His love is unselfish


1. 1 Corinthians 13:5-6 Love “Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.”

2. Jesus is the perfect example of selflessness. Matthew 20:28 says, ‘Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.’


• 2 Corinthians 8:9 “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”

• John 10:10 ‘The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it] more abundantly.

When you think about suffering, what comes to mind? Do you envision bedraggled children with distended stomachs, a hospital patient hooked up to life-sustaining medical equipment, or a courageous veteran dealing with the aftermath of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Adversity seems to be a common denominator to human existence, but what does the Bible have to say about suffering?

Jesus spoke to His disciples about suffering. One of the most well-known verses reads, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 ESV). The Greek word for cross in this verse is staurós. It refers to the crossbeam which the lowest criminals carried as they trudged toward their execution. The cross symbolized degradation and indescribable pain as well as sacrifice.

While the invitation to eternal life is free, it comes at a price–certain suffering.