Sermons on Mark
The Legion of DemonsMark 5.1-2
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 22 January 2023
The unique casting out of demons miracle once debated publicly over months by Gladstone (Prime Minister) and Huxley ('Darwin's bulldog'). First: the event reviewed; secondly: the Gospel it portrays, especially the three pleas of mankind; and thirdly: its counsel for believers on avoiding backsliding.
Sowing Divine SeedMark 4.21
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 15 January 2023
Christ begins with an evangelistic commission for all believers. Why do we fail in this? Rewards are promised in this life. Then a parable shows our part and God's, in witness. Finally comes the quelling of the tempest, the encouragement of faith for the work.
Mark’s Distinctive GospelMark 1.1
Bible Study— Dr Peter Masters | 7:30pm | Wednesday 31 May 2017
The special aims of this tract-like Gospel and its unique themes, including attention to the 'signs following' of chapter 16 ('the Pentecostal mistake') and the numerous uses of 'immediately' and their rich pastoral messages as used in different passages.
Christ’s Purpose DisplayedMark 1.29
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 6 November 2022
We begin with Capernaum - a city of spiritually dead though religious Jews, and a significant healing in the synagogue. Then we give seven proofs that Christ's healing miracles pictured His spiritual healing of souls. Then two special miracles and the message of salvation to us today.
Model ConversionsMark 1.39
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 13 November 2022
The first recorded healing of a leper by Christ and how it illustrates conversion, together with the healing of a paralysed man of Capernaum and its parallels with salvation. More than a demonstration of power, here is the call of Christ in miracles.
The Mysterious Origins of FaithMark 1.40
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 26 January 2020
Following the sermon on the mount, a leper runs to Christ for healing, providing a clear pattern for approaching Him for pardon and new life. Here is the faith that connects to God, how it emerges and how it is explained, leading to reconciliation with Him. You May Be Also…
When Spiritual Insight DawnsMark 1.40
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 9 June 2013
All Christ's healing miracles demonstrated both His divinity and the way He restores spirtually all who come to Him. The Lord's first healing of a leper says everything about the way to approach Him for the great experience of conversion, and the receiving of a new life.
The Mind of ChristMark 2.13
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 20 November 2022
First - what Christ saw in Matthew; second - Christ viewed as the Physician; third - why the disciples did not fast; fourth - the patching of the old garment and the new wine into old bottles: the distinctiveness of the testaments, and the necessity of total conversion for seekers.
Natural and Spiritual ConvictionsMark 6.14
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 19 February 2023
This history of Herod Antipas and his imprisonment and execution of John the Baptist tells of the conscience, both its power and weaknesses. Here are lessons for believers and seekers from Herod, Herodias and 'Salome', far richer than the dramas from successful Hollywood screenwriters.
Lord of the SabbathMark 2.23
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 27 November 2022
Here are the purposes of the sabbath, the additional purpose after deliverance from Egypt, and the even greater purpose after the resurrection of Christ. Here also is the error of rejecting the fourth commandment today, and how Christ is the Lord of the sabbath.
Keeping the Lord’s DayMark 2.28
Teaching Sermon— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 17 March 2019
Christ's high priestly prayer 'Sanctify them through thy truth' takes us to the moral law and a review of the fourth commandment. Here are the biblical reasons (and the resulting blessings) for honouring the Lord's Day. Here also are its biblical purposes and warnings.
Withered AffectionsMark 3.1
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 4 December 2022
Christ was indignant and grieved at the scribes' hardness of heart, and here is why. We also see what gives believers times of coldness, and show the remedies. The healing of a man's withered hand illustrates the way saving faith operates to bring conversion.
Christ Prepares His ChurchMark 3.13
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 11 December 2022
The call of the disciples, their unique role, and the care and patience of Christ in their training. Then the preparation of the church for extreme and persistent opposition, the reasons why demons were cast out, the unpardonable sin, and the supreme mark of true conversion.
A New BeginningMark 4.1
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 1 January 2023
A new beginning for a new year from the parable of the sower. Why the Lord used parables. The universal tender of salvation vital. The various states of heart of hearers, with counsel to the unsaved and to believers.
Being Open Minded To GodMark 4.21
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 16 October 2011
Christ's parable about not covering a lampstand challenges us to listen to God, and not to remain unaware of how He must reject all who will not seek and find Him. How to listen so that we experience powerful life-changing answers to our prayers.
The Listening SoulMark 4.23
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 24 May 2015
Here are the circumstances that prepare us to open our minds to God, creating a sense of need, a willingness to learn, and a desire to be reconciled with Him. Here also Christ describes the means of finding Him and the experience of all who do.
Motives for BelievingMark 4.23
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 1 July 2018
Christ's parable illustrated spiritual truths marvellously, riveting minds, but they required thought, or the meaning would remain obscure. Here are the motives that would lead hearers to the meaning (both then and now) and to obtaining pardon and new life from Christ the Saviour.
The Dawning of ConversionMark 4.41
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 9 September 2012
As the disciples witnessed the miracles of Christ, they increasingly grasped that He was divine, the promised Messiah. This parallels our dawning realisation of His work in saving souls, which in turn brings us to seek His forgiveness, and the life-changing experience of conversion.
The Dawning of Spiritual LightMark 4.41
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 27 September 2020
Christ's miracle of the stilling of the tempest initially brought great fear to the disciples, because they realised as never before that He was divine. Now their minds were open to grasp His real purpose in reconciling people to God, and how He would achieve it. You May Be Also…
Access to GodMark 5.22
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 5 February 2023
We trace, via the raising of a girl to life, stages in receiving the gift of salvation. First, recognition of Christ; second, the birth of faith; third, surmounting setbacks; fourth, sincerity; fifth, the vital filter of faith; sixth, how Christ acts; seventh, immediate life.
Why Christ Insists on BeliefMark 5.22
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 12 June 2011
When Christ healed the twelve-year-old daughter of one named Jairus, he said, 'Only believe!' Why is this so vital, and exactly what form should our belief take in order for us to experience the unmistakable response of the Lord?
Healing The HaemorrhageMark 5.25
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 29 January 2023
A woman’s struggle for healing illustrates our quest for spiritual life. Do we search? Her ‘touch’ expresses faith, of itself powerless, yet seeking life. Her faith made her ‘whole’, but the Greek says it ‘saved’ her. Here also is the message of the miracle to believers.
Why Faith is ParamountMark 5.36
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 11 October 2020
The care of a synagogue ruler who comes to Christ for the healing of a dying daughter illustrates the necessity of believing. Here are the reasons why belief is essential for conversion, its components and how it may come about. A message of life's purpose. You May Be Also Interested…
Why Believing is EssentialMark 5.36
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 31 December 2017
Why do Christ and numerous Bible passages insist on believing as the only way to approach God and experience conversion to Him? Why not actions or works or ceremonies? Here is what is unique and vital about believing, and what one must believe.
The Sending of the TwelveMark 6.7
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 12 February 2023
Early in their training by the Lord the disciples are sent on their first preaching mission. They were 'apostles', a special office for the first phase of the church, but their terms of service apply in principle to all believers, and especially preachers.
The Supreme Teaching-MiracleMark 6.30
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 26 February 2023
Miracles authenticated Christ and illustrate the way He heals and gives life to the soul. We learn of His compassion, and of His test of faith for the disciples. Then the eight purposes of the miracle, all showing Christ and how He should be proclaimed.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Not BelievingMark 6.34
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 28 October 2018
Undoubtedly there are attractive-sounding benefits from rejecting God and investing in life without any spiritual concerns, and here are some of these. But see the weighty losses and the burdens, and also the compassion of Christ for human 'sheep not having a shepherd'.
Atheism and Faith ComparedMark 6.34
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 26 February 2012
Famous militant atheists make many mistakes in their claims, and here are some, along with powerful proofs of God. Here too are the strong attractions of atheism, together with the deep and lasting losses. Also, here are the immense gains of belief in God and the experience of conversion.
Having Spiritual RealityMark 6.47
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 5 March 2023
Crossing the Sea of Galilee at night against the storm, the disciples are 'seen' by Christ from miles away. He comes to them walking on the water. Why does He demonstrate His divinity this way? Here are six lessons for all believers and for seekers.
Seeing into the HeartMark 7.1-2
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 12 March 2023
In rejecting extra-biblical customs of Jewish tradition the Lord was not freeing believers to live as they liked but calling for genuine holiness rather than ceremonial cleansing. Here is His searching review of the state of the unforgiven human heart.
Surveying the Inner PersonMark 7.15
Gospel Sermon— Dr Peter Masters | 7:30pm | Sunday 19 May 2019
This is the occasion Christ called the multitudes around Him to make a momentous statement of principle. It was a matter on which Israel's 'clergy' had misled them - what defiles people to keep them out of Heaven? Here is the Lord's answer, and the only remedy.
Christ’s Diagnosis of Our NeedMark 7.15
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 7 October 2012
Sin and guilt do not come, says Christ, from eating ritually banned foods, but are generated from the thoughts of the mind - the 'heart'. These contaminate us, shutting us off from God and Heaven. Here is the Lord's list of our sins, and His remedy for a new life.
What is Saving Faith?Mark 7.25
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 26 March 2023
The Lord delayed His healing of the Syrophenician's daughter to bring out her faith. A seeker may have to wait for salvation. Sometimes it is defective repentance; sometimes faith is not set on the right object - Christ and His work and compassion. Here is help from a notable case.
Communication With GodMark 7.32
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 5 July 2015
Before conversion, we do not realise how out of touch with God we are; how little we know about Him, and how unable we are to even address Him. This healing miracle by Christ teaches how channels of communication are opened by His loving kindness.
The Roots of UnbeliefMark 8.1
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 2 April 2023
Beginning with lessons from the Lord's feeding of the 4,000, the Jewish leaders attempt to discredit Him. Here is why they would obtain no sign. Here also are their doctrines, why they should be avoided (with their modern equivalents) and how Christ is Himself the greatest sign.
Christ Counsels Seekers
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 10 December 2017
In giving sight to a blind man at Bethsaida the Lord (unusually) healed in two stages, providing a lesson of hope for seekers who have seen through the world and begin to feel their need of forgiveness. Soon the full experience of conversion will follow.
A Two-Stage Conversion to ChristMark 8.22, Mark 8.22
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 24 April 2011
Christ's healing of a blind man, uniquely accomplished in two stages, was designed to show how spiritual conversion frequently involves a phased discovery of what separates us from God, and Christ's method of uniting us with Himself.
Stages of Conversion to GodMark 8.22
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 16 April 2023
Conversion begins with regeneration, an instantaneous, invisible act of God in the soul imparting life, and immediately beginning to illuminate the mind, move the heart and incline the will. This proceeded in bursts in the disciples. Here is the Lord's own illustration of this.
Lordship Salvation or Not?Mark 8.34
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 23 April 2023
The Lord's call to denial of ourselves and cross bearing has been used to teach salvation by works. It has also been used to insist on embracing His Lordship as a condition of salvation. Should it be added to repentance and faith? We answer from the Word.
Lessons from the TransfigurationMark 9.2
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 30 April 2023
First we review seven purposes of the transfiguration; secondly, we ask how three disciples merited such privileged communion, setting an example to us; thirdly, we define the 'secrets' of the kingdom. Finally we find the special key in the transfiguration to Old Testament prophecy.
A Demonstration of ConversionMark 9.14
— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 6 November 2016
All the healings of Christ serve to portray spiritual conversion, one of the most stirring being the healing of a demonised and epileptic youth in the Caesarea Philippi area. Here are the equivalent spiritual and moral afflictions found in all of us, only healed by conversion.
The True Condition of Those UnsavedMark 9.14
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The state of a severely affected youth healed by the Lord illustrates the serious condition of being away from God and spiritually lost. Here also is the power and kindness of Christ's saving work, and how it operates in the lives of all who trust in Him.
Christ’s Conditions of ServiceMark 9.33
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 7 May 2023
The Lord calls His disciples to live modestly, without substance and eminence, and requires humility and approachability. He prepares them for the founding of autonomous churches, and commands them to give up any activity, pursuit or desire that spoils spiritual life and service.
Christ on Marriage and DivorceMark 10.1
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 21 May 2023
What it means for husbands and wives to 'cleave' to each other - listing the aspects of responsibility that honour God and cement the marriage union. The tragedy of divorce and its causes. Also the real nature of headship, contrary to today's common idea.
Ambition in BelieversMark 10.28
— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 28 May 2023
Beginning the final journey to Jerusalem, where He would die at Calvary, Christ spoke of His death and resurrection. Then James and John revealed their earthly ambitions. The snare of pride in God's people, how it is stimulated, its consequences and its curbs.
Christ’s Person, Manner and PowerMark 11.1
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Christ's last days on earth show His divine nature, redeeming purpose and power to end the Jewish era and bring in the Gospel age. He also teaches the crucial elements of true worship, and the way to experience God's power in fruitfulness.