Hypocrisy, Unmasked

A Bible Exposition of Mark 12:13-17

Jesus Clashes with Spiritual Pretenders

1.    The conspiracy against Jesus (13)

2.    The challenge to Jesus (14-15a)

3.    The comeback by Jesus (15b-17a)

4.    The coldness toward Jesus (17b)

Mark 12:13–17—(13)Then they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Him in order to trap Him in a statement. (14)They came and said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not? (15)“Shall we pay or shall we not pay?” But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a denarius to look at.” (16)They brought one. And He said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” And they said to Him, “Caesar’s.” (17)And Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at Him.

Whose Approval Matters Most to You

A Bible Exposition of Mark 11:27-33 - 12:1-12

2 Encounters that Publicly Humiliate the Sanhedrin (11:27-12:12)

  1. A confrontation backfires on them (11:27-33)

  2. A parable blasts them (12:1-12)

27 They came again to Jerusalem. And as He was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to Him, 28 and began saying to Him, “By what authority are You doing these things, or who gave You this authority to do these things?” 29 And Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question, and you answer Me, and then I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30 “Was the baptism of John from heaven, or from men? Answer Me.” 31 They began reasoning among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ 32 “But shall we say, ‘From men’?”—they were afraid of the people, for everyone considered John to have been a real prophet. 33 Answering Jesus, they said, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Nor will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” 

1 And He began to speak to them in parables: “A man PLANTED A VINEYARD AND PUT A WALL AROUND IT, AND DUG A VAT UNDER THE WINE PRESS AND BUILT A TOWER, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey. 2 “At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, in order to receive some of the produce of the vineyard from the vine-growers. 3 “They took him, and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 “Again he sent them another slave, and they wounded him in the head, and treated him shamefully. 5 “And he sent another, and that one they killed; and so with many others, beating some and killing others. 6 “He had one more to send, a beloved son; he sent him last of all to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7 “But those vine-growers said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!’ 8 “They took him, and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. 9 “What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vine-growers, and will give the vineyard to others. 10 “Have you not even read this Scripture: ‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone; 11 THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD, AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES’?” 12 And they were seeking to seize Him, and yet they feared the people, for they understood that He spoke the parable against them. And so they left Him and went away.

Prayer that Moves Mountains

A Bible Exposition of Mark 11:22-25

3 Beliefs that Produce Effective Prayer (11:22-25)

1.     Trust in God’s power—your starting conviction (22-23)

2.     Trust in God’s promises—your sustaining confidence (24) 

3.     Trust in God’s provision—your sobering constraint (25)

Jesus Condemns Spiritual Corruption

A Bible Exposition of Mark 11:12-21

3 Acts as Jesus Exposes Spiritual Deadness in the Temple

1.  Jesus crafts an illustration to indicate the problem (12-14)

2.  Jesus cleanses the temple to address the problem (15-18)

a.   The action taken by Jesus (15-16)

b.  The instruction given by Jesus (17)

c.   The reaction displayed toward Jesus (18)

3.  Jesus completes his illustration to resolve the problem (19-21)

(12) On the next day, when they had left Bethany, He became hungry. 13 Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples were listening. 15 Then they came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves; 16 and He would not permit anyone to carry merchandise through the temple. 17 And He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a robbers’ den.” 18 The chief priests and the scribes heard this, and began seeking how to destroy Him; for they were afraid of Him, for the whole crowd was astonished at His teaching.19When evening came, they would go out of the city. 20 As they were passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. 21 Being reminded, Peter said to Him, “Rabbi, look, the fig tree which You cursed has withered.”

The Lord Unexpectedly Provides

A Bible Exposition of Ruth 1:19-2:23

Act 2—The Lord Blesses Naomi and Ruth Through Boaz

  1. The providence of God which connects Ruth and Boaz (1-3)

  2. The protection of God which covers Ruth under Boaz (4-16)

  3. The provision of God which sustains Ruth through Boaz (17-23)

Stabilizers for Enduring Body Life

A Bible Exposition of 1 Peter 4:7-11

3 Practices for Producing Long-term Stability in the Church

1.  Live watchfully, awaiting his return (7)

2.  Love earnestly, protecting the body (8-9)

3.  Minister faithfully, exalting Jesus (10-11)

1 Peter 4:7–11—7The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 8Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 9Be hospitable to one another without complaint. 10As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Practices for Fruitful Evangalism

An Exposition of Colossians 4:2-6

Our passage today will take the topic of evangelism and bring it to bear in three arenas of life: your prayer life; your personal life; and your speech. What does faithfulness to Jesus Christ look like when it comes to evangelism.

Not only that, but we are going to see our human weakness and our need for God’s grace today in this passage. Faithful evangelism relies not on human ability, but depends on God’s mighty power, and is carried out by faith.

As we work through these simple instructions, it is going to help us identify where and we can struggle in faithful evangelism.

My goal in our time together is to provide you with a clear framework for how God calls the members of a congregation to get involved in this work of evangelism. We aren’t going to find a program for evangelism or a quota, or even a methodology per se. 

What we are going to find instead are principles to be believed and applied.

3 Intentional Activities for Engaging in Evangelism

Faithful evangelism must be intentional, as we will see in our passage today. As we have said with so many other areas of the Christian life, we never really drift into evangelism, so it requires deliberate planning and effort. These three intentional activities for engaging in biblical evangelism are:

  1. Persistently ask God to provide evangelistic opportunities (2-4)

  2. Purposefully structure your life for evangelistic opportunities (5)

  3. Prudently speak to maximize evangelistic opportunities (6)

Will Work for Jesus

An Exposition of Colossians 3:22-4:1

I don’t have to tell you that sin corrupts work. Our sin destroys what was created by God to be good. But when Jesus saves us, he gives us a new perspective on work and a new incentive and makes work meaningful. 

Work not as our god, and work not as something to be avoided, but rather embraced in our worship of God.

2 Instructions for Sanctifying Work Relationships

  1. An instruction to slaves under authority

  2. An instruction to masters possessing authority

Colossians 3:22–4:1—22 Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. 25 For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality. 1 Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.

Protecting Parents from Discouragement

An Exposition of Colossians 3:21

4-Part Warning to Prevent a Failure in Christian Parenting

By saying failure, I don’t mean that we are merely outcome based by looking for successful children. But rather that on the part of the Christian parent, you missed the mark in terms of what God called you to and what you aspired to accomplish. Our assessment is based upon faithfulness to Scripture.

We serve a God who powerfully controls all things and awakens dead hearts. That is his job. So, then the failure is in unintentionally impeding what we were setting out to accomplish.

  1. The crisp precaution against exasperation (3:21a)

  2. The common pathway to exasperation (selected)

  3. The crushing penalty for exasperation (3:21b)

  4. The chief protection from exasperation (Eph. 6:4b)

The Calling of a Husband

An Exposition of Colossians 3:19

Grab your Bibles and turn with me to Colossians 3. We will make it through one verse again today. I heard last week that it provided some entertainment value for some of you that we are moving so slowly. Don’t get too used to a verse per week. But these are important topics.

As we said last week instead of looking at an entire paragraph of Scripture, which is our normal practice, we are doing here topical expositions. So we are explaining one verse, one main truth, and examining that topic in detail from multiple texts in their context.

Last week we examined the role of a wife and her biblical priority. We saw that a wife worships Christ in her marriage through her joyful, willing submission to her husband. A godly woman finds freedom and liberty in trusting the Lord and not herself, being willing to let God bring about his plan in her life through her husband. We discussed what submission is and what it is not.

Heard comments from many non-wives in the body about how a message not specifically addressing them was convicting. Joyful submission challenges each of us. For husbands it raises the bar on our leadership to be godly.

I’m praising God at how his word works as we seek to strengthen and shore up our body in the fundamentals of the Christian life as he is rooting out wrong thinking and replacing it with truth and conviction.

Now this week we will see that a husband worships Christ in his biblical leadership within the marriage relationship.

4-Part Overview of a Husband’s Leadership

  1. The husband’s burden of biblical leadership

  2. The husband’s blueprint for biblical leadership

  3. The husband’s barriers to biblical leadership

  4. The husband’s blessing through biblical leadership

The Privileged Position of a Wife

An Exposition of Colossians 3:18

Take your Bible and turn with me to Colossians 3. We are going to continue our series this morning entitled, “Christ in the Common.” This study is a practical look at how Jesus intersects with everyday living. The goal of this study is to shore up our Christian living by going back to the fundamentals of how we are to live the Christ life.

Our passage today is one verse, Colossians 3:18 and it is written to wives about the privileged duty of submission in marriage.

My sisters, I know that you want to honor Jesus and I want you to leave this morning greatly encouraged with clarity and conviction and joy as you embrace your God-given calling. There is so much working against your ability to trust God in this area.

And so, we need to be fortified in embracing God’s wisdom on this matter. So, in our time together we are going to reorient our thinking about a wife’s role back to the simple truth contained in Scripture. We will be washed together in the Word.

This week we start off with wives. Husbands, parents and children… you will get yours next, but for now its “ladies first.”

Today’s message will be slightly different in that we are really doing a topical exposition. This entire sermon is about one short topic from one verse. My goal is to bring the components you need to understand how to live for Christ in the area of submission.

5 Truths for Understanding a Wife’s Privilege of Submission (Colossians 3:18)

  1. The unfashionable principle of submission

  2. The unmistakable priority of submission

  3. The universal problem with submission

  4. The unnatural power for submission

  5. The unexpected payoff from submission