Sunday Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor

Road Rules: Life Changing Faith (Mark 10:46-52)

This is the fourth sermon in the “Road Rules” series. We have been going through chapter 10 of the Gospel of Mark and discussing different conversations of Jesus. In these moments, Jesus gave us some life principles. You could call these life lessons or rules for the road. To view the first three sermons and learn about Rules 1, 2 and 3, visit our website pages below.

  1. Road Rules: The Gift (Mark 10:13-16 – The Little Children and Jesus)
  2. Road Rules: Surrendering Our Security Blanket (Mark 10:17-31 – The Rich Young Ruler)
  3. Road Rules: The Path Rarely Taken (Mark 10:32-45 – The Request of James and John)

Today’s lesson and Road Rule #4 is found in the story about the blind beggar named Bartimaeus and his life changing faith. Blind Bartimaeus was sitting by the road begging when Jesus and His disciples, along with a crowd of people, walked by. When Bartimaeus realized it was Jesus, he began shouting to Jesus and asking for mercy. Many people told Bartimaeus to be quiet, but he shouted more! In verse 51, Jesus said to the blind man, “what do you want me to do for you?” Bartimaeus had a lot of faith in Jesus and the courage to ask for it all. He asked to be able to see. Jesus answered him, “your faith has healed you.” It was God’s will that Bartimaeus receive his sight. God responds to faith. This leads us to Road Rule #4: Faith Produces Miracles.

God’s word tells us in 1 John 5:14-15, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” There’s nothing wrong with asking for it all! The problem is that sometimes we don’t ask at all. Continue reading “6/18/2017 Road Rules: Life Changing Faith (Mark 10:46-52)”

6/11/2017 Sunday Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor

Road Rules: The Path Rarely Taken (Mark 10:32-45

This is the third sermon in the “Road Rules” series. We have been going through chapter 10 of the Gospel of Mark and discussing different conversations of Jesus. In these moments, Jesus gave us some life principles. You could call these life lessons or rules for the road. To view the first two sermons and learn about Rule 1 and Rule 2, visit our website pages below.

  1. Road Rules: The Gift (Mark 10:13-16)
  2. Road Rules: Surrendering Our Security Blanket (Mark 10:17-31)

Today’s lesson and Road Rule #3 is found in a dialogue that Jesus had with James and John. In this conversation, James and John had an ambitious request. They asked for positions of power and prominence – to sit on the left and right side of Jesus in His kingdom. Jesus then teaches them and teaches us about true greatness.

A few observations from Mark 10:32-45:

  • Greatness comes with a price (verse 38)
  • Greatness works without guarantee (verse 39-40)

Continue reading “6/11/2017 Road Rules: The Path Rarely Taken (Mark 10:32-45)”

Sunday Morning Worship | Memorial Day Service | Carl McCray, Pastor

Road Rules: Surrendering Our Security Blanket (The Rich Young Ruler – Mark 10:17-31)

This is the second sermon in the “Road Rules” series in which we will cover four different events, four different conversations by Jesus. You could call these life lessons or rules for the road that we are all traveling upon. These apply to every one of us no matter how many miles of road you have covered. Today, we will focus on the story about the Rich Young Ruler and build on Road Rule #1 from the first sermon, Road Rules: The Gift.

A few observations to note from Mark 10:17-31:Road Rules: The Gift (Mark 10:13-16)

  • Emotion is not enough (verse 17)
  • Jesus can’t be fooled (verse 18)
  • Love speaks what is necessary (verse 21)
  • Attachment to money can ruin your life (verses 23-25)

What hinders you from following passionately after Road Rules: Surrendering Our Security Blanket (Mark 10:17-31)Jesus? What is your security blanket? For this young ruler, it was his riches that stood in the way. The terms of salvation are not negotiable. You can’t save yourself, but all you need to do is surrender. Here’s the good news and Road Rule #2: All things are possible with God. All means all! Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.” Don’t let that ‘one thing’ impede you from following Jesus.

Watch the video below or listen to the MP3 audio of the full sermon and be blessed.

Audio of Sermon

ROAD RULE #2: All things are possible with God.

Sunday Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor

Road Rules: The Gift
Jesus and the Little Children –
Mark 10:13-16

This is the first sermon in a series titled “Road Rules” about four different events in the life of Jesus. These are four different teaching moments, different conversations in which Jesus gave us some principles that are necessary for life. You could call these life lessons or rules for the road that we are all traveling upon. These apply to every one of us no matter how many miles of road you have covered. Today, we will focus on Mark 10:13-16 (NIV), a conversation Jesus had regarding little children.

Continue reading “5/21/2017 Road Rules: The Gift (Mark 10:13-16)”