The Joshua Victor Theory
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. 

Abundance and poverty, emptiness and fullness

Abundance and poverty, emptiness and fullness

November 9, 2015

Sermon on Mark 12:38-44, for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost, about Jesus' teaching about the scribes and the widow's mites. How does being a religious or spiritual leader, pose particular temptations? Which of those temptations do we all share? How is the widow who brought her small offering to the Temple, a contrast to the pretense and show of others? How do we escape our temptations to self-flattery and ego, and find a humble and sincere trust in God?

Hell and the Kingdom

Hell and the Kingdom

October 2, 2015

Sermon on Mark 9:38-50, for the 18th Sunday after Pentecost. Jesus teaches about the deadliness of sin, and the warnings against hell. What does it mean that everyone will be "salted with fire"? How does a Christian "have salt" in themselves?

From childish to childlike

From childish to childlike

September 21, 2015

Sermon on Mark 9:30-37, for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost, about Jesus' prediction of His death and resurrection, and the disciple's argument about greatness. Jesus teaches His servant way of humility, and the reception of children. What does this teach us about the value of children, of parenting, and how we are children in God's family?

Faith, Prayer, and Spiritual Warfare

Faith, Prayer, and Spiritual Warfare

September 14, 2015

Sermon on Mark 9:14-29, 16th Sunday after Pentecost, about Jesus' healing of a boy who was demon possessed, and what that says to us about the spiritual world, and the devil's efforts to hurt and harm humanity, and create doubt. What was significant about the plea of the father to Jesus, how Jesus answered, and what it teaches us about prayer and faith? What is the source and power of faith and prayer?

The Secret that couldn’t be kept

The Secret that couldn’t be kept

September 10, 2015

Sermon on Mark 7:31-37, for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost, about Jesus' healing of the deaf and mute man, and what it signifies that Jesus sighs or groans for us. How did He bring healing? What was the message about who He was, that couldn't be kept secret for long?

What’s in your heart?

What’s in your heart?

August 31, 2015

Sermon on Mark 7:14-23, for the 14th Sunday after Pentecost, about how Jesus sees transparently what's in our heart, and how the heart is the source from within of all the sins and unclean things that defile a person. How does Jesus respond when He sees what's in our heart?

Lip Service

Lip Service

August 24, 2015

Sermon on Mark 7:1-13, for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost, about the Pharisees' question to Jesus about handwashing, and the bigger implications of the discussion about traditions of men vs. the commandments of God. What was the core problem of their worship? How is the sinful flesh stopped? What makes for true worship from the heart, that is not empty lip service?

Play this podcast on Podbean App