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Jesus: No Top/No Bottom

January 13, 2013 by Barry Parker

Read Mark 9:2-131. Why do you think Jesus chose Peter, James, and John to go up the mountain with Him to see His mountaintop experience, called the Transfiguration?2. What does the experience of Peter, James, and John teach us about believing based on first hand experience? What must we learn about believing based on what we learn from trustworthy eyewitnesses? What are some of the qualities of a trustworthy eyewitness? Why are eyewitnesses important? Why is carefully evaluating before receiving their testimony important?3. What do we learn fro…

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End Of All Suffering

December 2, 2012 by Barry Parker

1. In this sermon series we have defined suffering as “the gap between God’s good and perfect creation and what is our reality – our personal experience of a fractured and often dysfunctional world.” Do you agree? What is your personal definition of suffering and why?2. The series is titled “A Path Through Suffering”. On this journey we have observed various biblical signposts to guide us and point the way forward. We have seen directional signage such as The Source, The Gap, The Reality, God’s Goodness…

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War and Peace: The Prayer of One Afflicted

November 11, 2012 by Barry Parker

1. What is your most vivid memory? How do you feel when you recall it? Happy? Sad? Fearful? Excited?2. Today is Remembrance Sunday. The theme is obviously that we remember. The question –remember what exactly? Why is it important that we remember?Read Psalm 102:1-113. How would you summarize verses 1-11? What “contemporary” health condition captures this experience?4. The theme of time is woven through these verses. Discuss the nature and character of time in verses 1-11.Read Psalm 102:12-175. In verse 12, “Your fame wil…

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Suffering: Not The Why Or The How, But The Who

October 21, 2012 by Barry Parker

Recall last week’s sermon, the first in the series on suffering, where we considered a) the source of suffering and b) embracing the mystery of God’s goodness and God’s sovereignty.1. What is suffering? Are there degrees or categories of suffering?2. Thomas Merton once said, “The truth that many people don’t understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.&r…

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The Hope of Glory. The Glory of Hope.

September 30, 2012 by Barry Parker

1. What is the Gospel, the good news of Jesus? (Hint: the last two sermons tell us the why and how).2. There are three ‘building blocks’ for the Gospel, and we have considered the first two in the last two sermons. The technical terms are Justification, Sanctification, and Glorification. In your own words, whatdo the first two mean for you?3. Read Romans 8:17-27. In Romans 8:17, Paul is talking of Roman adoption practices where the child receives all of the possible inheritance. Using that analogy, what does it mean for a follower o…

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The One Who Never Leaves

May 27, 2012 by Barry Parker

1. Do you ever have trouble seeing the big picture? Is it challenging to ‘connect the dots’ when you consider what God is up to in the great span of cosmic history and human experience? When we go on a journey, we note progressive signposts that help us to arrive at our destination. Read Genesis 1:2 ; Genesis 2:7 ; Ezekiel 37:1-14 ; John 3:1-12 , John 14:15-20 ; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 ; Romans 8:1-11 and Galatians 5:22-23 . Now, connect the signposts. In what direction are they pointing?

2. Read Ezekiel 37:1-14 . The bones are identified a…

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Royal Protocol

April 29, 2012 by Barry Parker

We have been studying Mark since January and we are now coming to a major pivot point in this Gospel. The focus for Mark and his inspired point to us has been that of the identity. Jesus is the returning King who comes to meet our deepest need – not necessarily what we think we want or need. This passage builds that clear identity that will, after chapter 8, all focus on the Cross.

1. The first encounter (Mark 7:24-30 ) between Jesus and a woman in need sees a number of well-established boundaries crossed. Can you list and discuss some of…

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Maundy Thursday 2012

April 5, 2012 by Barry Parker

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The King of all Storms

February 26, 2012 by Barry Parker

1. Read Psalm 89:9 & 104:6-7 and Jonah 1:1-16 . The raging seas in the Old Testament were always a symbol of chaos, evil, overwhelming power and forces opposing God. The ‘storm’ also symbolized the trials of one close to God whose only help is God (read Psalm 46:13 ). The only one able to still the storm is God himself (read Psalm 107:23-30 ). What is the most overwhelming natural force that you have ever experienced? What was the worst storm of your life?

2. Read again Jonah 1:1-16 & Mark 4:35-41 . What are the similarities in the sto…

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The One Who Restores Rest

February 5, 2012 by Barry Parker

1. The Sabbath in the Old Testament was given to teach Israel her rest was ultimately in God alone. Read Exodus 20:8-11 & 31:12-18. Discuss what the Sabbath is designed for compared to our notion of days off from work or vacation.

2. Jesus reminds his hearers of King David. Read 1 Samuel 21:1-9 . It doesn’t appear to be connected to the Sabbath but it does highlight a violation of the letter of the law. Why would Jesus respond like this?

3. Read Mark 2:27-28 . What is Jesus trying to teach the Pharisees and us?

Read Mark 3:1-6…

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Listening to the Voice in the Noise

January 15, 2012 by Barry Parker

1. The writing style of Mark has everything happening so quickly, with little apparent detail. All of his statements are extremely terse and direct, lurching from one event to the next. What do you think Mark is trying to get across to us in writing like this?

2. What do verses 14-15 tell us about Jesus? What are the two things he is announcing? What are the two things he is appealing for in those who follow him? Discuss these four things.

3 How do verses 14-15 change the way you think about the identity and task of Jesus?

4. In ve…

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