The Joshua Victor Theory
From faltering to faith

From faltering to faith

September 14, 2021

Sermon on Mark 9:14-29, for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost 2021 (B), about the nameless father who comes to Jesus for healing for his demon-possessed son, and pleads "Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!" What does this story teach us about faith and prayer, and the ways God helps and heals?

The Heart is the Matter!

The Heart is the Matter!

August 31, 2021

Sermon on Mark 7:14-23, for the 14th Sunday after Pentecost 2021 (B), about Jesus' diagnosis of the heart. What makes us unclean? What cannot make us clean? How does God read our heart? What is the real solution to getting a clean heart?

Above and Beyond

Above and Beyond

August 24, 2021

Sermon on Mark 7:1-13, for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost 2021 (B), about how the Pharisees tried to go "above and beyond" the Law in a way that hurts, rather than helps. How does Jesus go "above and beyond" in a way that truly helps? 

The Calm “I AM” in the midst of the storm

The Calm “I AM” in the midst of the storm

July 27, 2021

Sermon on Mark 6:45-56, for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost 2021 (B), about Jesus' walking on water to the disciples in the midst of the storm, and how the presence of Jesus, the Great I AM, brings calm in our lives. What does it mean to "take heart" and how can we lay down our fears, exhaustion, doubts, etc, with Jesus? 

Warring Kingdoms

Warring Kingdoms

July 6, 2021

Sermon on Mark 3:20-35, for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost 2021 (B), about Jesus casting out demons and the accusation that He did so by the power of Beelzebul. Jesus talks about warring kingdoms, and who is the strongest man. 

Just as He told you

Just as He told you

April 13, 2021

Sermon on Mark 16:1-8, for the Resurrection of our Lord, Easter 2021 (B), about Jesus' reliable word and how the angel's word exposed the fear and distrust of the disciples, and God's heart to provide "spiritual repair" to those who had not believed. 

The Road Between

The Road Between

March 23, 2021

Sermon on Mark 10:35-45, 5th Sunday in Lent 2021 (B), about James and John's request seeking glory at Jesus' right and left, and how Jesus refocused their attention on the road between mission and glory, and how it would come with suffering, service, and crosses. How was Jesus' ransom a total new beginning for us? 

Everything to Lose

Everything to Lose

March 2, 2021

Sermon on Mark 8:27-38, for the 2nd Sunday in Lent 2021 (B), about Jesus' prediction of the sufferings of the cross, and His call to discipleship and to take up our crosses and follow Him. 

The Total Jesus

The Total Jesus

February 16, 2021

Sermon on Mark 9:2-9, Transfiguration of our Lord 2021 (B), about how His Transfiguration shows His Total Authority, Truth, Purity, and Glory. What glory did this foreshadow? How was the "glory show" transformed after the Transfiguration? 

A New Teaching, With Authority!

A New Teaching, With Authority!

February 2, 2021

Sermon on Mark 1:21-28, for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany 2020 (B), about Jesus' authority, and how it is good for our lives when we are on His side. What made the people remark about His authority? How is His authority challenged, and how should we respond? What are examples of His authority in our lives?

Prepping

Prepping

December 6, 2020

Sermon on Mark 1:1-8, for the 2nd Sunday in Advent 2020 (B), about John the Baptist preparing the way for Jesus, and a prophet linking OT and NT. How do we get prepared?

Entrance

Entrance

December 1, 2020

Sermon on Mark 11:1-10, for the 1st Sunday in Advent 2020 (B), about Jesus' Palm Sunday entrance into Jerusalem, and why this is the historic reading for the start of Advent. How was Jesus holy, or set apart? How did He interact in His holiness with sinners? 

Willing Spirit, Weak Flesh

Willing Spirit, Weak Flesh

March 26, 2018

A meditation on Mark 14:27-31; 37-38, 66-72, for Palm Sunday/The Sunday of the Passion. We did a narrative reading of Mark chapters 14-15 in worship, and the meditation focuses on the theme of Peter's promised loyalty and subsequent denial, and how Jesus pegs our human nature with the statement: "the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." How does all this tie into repentance and salvation? 

Unbreakable

Unbreakable

March 21, 2016

Sermon on Luke 23, for Palm Sunday or Sunday of the Passion, about how Jesus treated those who mistreated Him, with references to Psalm 103:8-12. How did Jesus' conduct affect the onlookers of His crucifixion? What response should it create in us?

Birth Pain & New Birth

Birth Pain & New Birth

February 8, 2016

Guest preacher Rev. Mark Bowditch preaches a Sermon on Mark 13:1-10, 24-37, about the coming birth pains in the end times, and how they will precede the new birth of the kingdom of God in Christ Jesus. 

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