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Prepared For Battle

by Shawn Piedrahita (NGU Student) In Ephesians 6, Paul implores the Ephesian Christians to “put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil” (6:11). Though spoken to the Ephesian church, Paul’s wisdom still applies to modern-day Christian as a call to arms against “the spiritual forces of evil” (6:12). The Belt of Truth: In John 14:6, Jesus states “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to…

The Gospel of Mark [Sermon Series Overview]

I chose to preach through the Gospel of Mark because of the book’s two main focuses: Christology Discipleship Our world is in need of a higher view of both of these concepts.  We need to know who Jesus is and we need to know what discipleship is.

Why Studying Mark Is Important

Planning sermon series regarding direction, content, and schedule can be a daunting task.  When I decided that I wanted to study a Gospel and focus on discipleship, I chose Mark because of the focus.  As I drafted out potential sermons, I first came up with 48 sermons and tried to reduce the number but felt like our church family would miss out if I did.

Who Was Mark?

John Mark wrote the Gospel in the New Testament that we commonly refer to as Mark.  While he is mentioned in the New Testament in a few spots, what do we really know about the man who wrote what was probably the first Gospel written?

Why Preach Through Mark?

I am preparing to preach through the Gospel of Mark at our church.  As I prepared the series, it is going to take 1 year to preach through this Gospel.  While there are 4 Gospels in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – same story but told from different perspectives), I have chosen to preach through this one for a few different reasons. Greatest Example – To become disciple-makers, we need to study the life of the original…

3 Circles: 1 Method of Sharing the Gospel

The 3 CIRCLES PRESENTATION helps answer common questions in a simple and memorable way so that you can begin to naturally and actively share it with others. Here are two videos to help you understand the nature of the presentation and to show you how to present it in a conversation with someone as you share the gospel. Here is a more condensed version of the 3 Circles presentation:

Gospel Groups

As we grow in the gospel, we must realize our need for one another in this process.  As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another (Prov. 27:17).  We need to spur one another on to love and good deeds (Heb. 10:24-25). We must encourage one another to grow in the gospel continually.  But what does that really look like? As believers, we talk about the gospel often, but do we really know what it is and why we need…

Sharing the Gospel Using John 3:16

The following is a recap of GROW from this past Sunday night. John 3:16 is probably the most famous verse in the Bible and it presents the Gospel very clearly.  By using this one verse you can share with someone what the whole Bible is about. In the context of John 3, Nicodemus, a Pharisee, comes to Jesus at night and wants to know more about God.  There is a discussion about being born again and what this means.  Jesus tells…

How to Share Your Testimony

People can resort to arguments, but they can’t argue with results. In our efforts to grow in the gospel, we must learn how to share our testimony of how we came to faith in Christ.  There are many arguments out there regarding the validity of the Bible or the skepticism concerning a God you cannot see, but most people respect personal stories.  We live in a time when people are very defensive regarding what they believe, but a good majority…

Gospel Essentials

When we think about having a Gospel Focused Family, we need to first focus upon gospel essentials.  What is essential for your family member to understand in order to respond to the gospel? Your family’s greatest need is the gospel. Concerns You might have concerns about sharing the gospel with your family.  These are common concerns: What if I don’t present the information correctly? Wouldn’t a trained professional be more trustworthy? What if I turn them off to Christianity? While…

Happy Rebirthday

The most enduring memories are the most ritualized ones. 1.    John 3:3 – Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. 2.    1 Pet. 1:3 – according to his great mercy he has caused us to be born again to a living hope 3.    The most enduring memories are the most ritualized ones. 4.    Remembering your rebirthday reinforces your faith. 5.    Celebrate rebirthdays by rejoicing over the past and gifting…