Sermons by Dr. Craig Dale (Page 4)

Sermons by Dr. Craig Dale (Page 4)

So Close and yet So Far!

Sermon #49 from the Series The Gospel of Mark (Mark 12:28-34): Title: “So Close and yet So Far!” Sermon in a Sentence: “To move from being “close” to the kingdom to being “in” it requires more than simply embracing the command to love God and others; we must respond to the gospel call of the Savior who has perfectly lived out that command..”

One Bride for Seven Brothers: A Question about the Resurrection

Sermon #48 from the Series The Gospel of Mark (Mark 12:18-27): Title: “One Bride for Seven Brothers: A Question about the Resurrection” Sermon in a Sentence: “Through faith in Jesus who died and rose again, we are assured of God’s promise and power to raise us from the dead to a life that far surpasses our greatest imaginations.”

I Pledge Allegiance

Sermon #47 from the Series The Gospel of Mark (Mark 12:13-17): Title: “Allegiance to God’s sovereign rule requires rendering all that is due to the earthly authorities He has established and surrendering everything to Him in whose image we were made—the One who offers us salvation and eternal life through His Son.”

The Parable of the Vineyard Owner

Sermon #46 from the Series The Gospel of Mark (Mark 12:1-2): Title: “The Parable of the Vineyard Owner” Sermon in a Sentence: “Because Jesus is God’s only and beloved Son – the only sure foundation for our lives – to reject Him is to refuse God’s offer of mercy and grace and to invite His wrath.”

Jesus, the Authoritative Savior

Sermon #45 from the Series The Gospel of Mark (Mark 11:27-33): Title: “Jesus, the Authoritative Savior” “The origin and nature of Jesus’ authority supersedes all other authorities and necessitates our total submission to Him.”

Faith, Prayer, and Forgiveness

Sermon #44 from the Series The Gospel of Mark (Mark 11:22-26): Title: “Faith, Prayer and Forgiveness” – “Christ calls us to have a faith in God that results in a committed relationship with Him, is characterized by unwavering and confidant prayer, and is validated by a willingness to forgive, just as we have been forgiven.”

The Fig Tree, the Temple, and Christ’s Judgment

Sermon #43 from the Series The Gospel of Mark (Mark 10:46-52): Title: “He Brings Sight to the Blind” Sermon in a Sentence: Jesus is always ready to bring sight and salvation to those who will admit their spiritual blindness and their need to be saved, and trust in Him as Savior and Lord.”

The Misunderstood Messiah

Sermon #41 from the Series The Gospel of Mark (Mark 11:1-11): Title: “The Misunderstood Messiah” Sermon in a Sentence: When we fervently worship a messiah who we believe should fulfill our agendas and bring us comfort and prosperity, we fail to recognize the true Messiah who gave His life for others and calls us to surrender and follow Him.

Greatness Is Serving

Sermon #39 from the Series The Gospel of Mark (Mark 10:23-31): Title: “Greatness Is Serving” Sermon in a Sentence: The gift of salvation-a blessing of infinite value that is worth every sacrifice-comes through faith in the finished work of Christ and is proof of God’s blessing upon your life, not material wealth and prosperity.

A Lesson on Riches, Redemption, and Rewards

Sermon #39 from the Series The Gospel of Mark (Mark 10:23-31): Title: “A Lesson on Riches, Redemption, and Rewards” Sermon in a Sentence: The gift of salvation-a blessing of infinite value that is worth every sacrifice-comes through faith in the finished work of Christ and is proof of God’s blessing upon your life, not material wealth and prosperity.

Jesus’ Encounter with the Rich Young Ruler

Sermon #38 from the Series The Gospel of Mark (Mark 10:17-22): Title: “Jesus’ Encounter with the Rich Young Ruler” Sermon in a Sentence: Eternal life is a treasure of infinite and all-surpassing worth-a gift from God that cannot be earned-and as such, it demands that those who receive it let go of anything that would dethrone Christ from His rightful position as Savior and Lord.

Jesus Loves the Little Children

Sermon #37 from the Series The Gospel of Mark (Mark 10:13-16): Title: “Jesus Loves the Little Children” Sermon in a Sentence: By welcoming and blessing little children, Jesus demonstrates that the kingdom of God belongs to the weak, helpless, and dependent who cannot earn their salvation, but rather, receive it by simple faith as an undeserved gift.

The Question about Divorce

Sermon #36 from the Series The Gospel of Mark (Mark 10:1-12 ): Title: “The Question about Divorce” Sermon in a Sentence: Since God designed marriage as a union between one man and one woman, singularly devoted to each other for life, we must not let our hearts that are hardened by sin and selfishness complicate and seek to undo His plan.

Christianity is Serious Business

Sermon #35 from the Series The Gospel of Mark (Mark 9:42-50): Title: “Christianity is Serious Business” Sermon in a Sentence: The serious business of being a Christian is expressed in these ways: through Jesus’ warning against causing others, or ourselves, to go astray, through His prediction of persecution, and through His command to have a positive impact upon the world and upon each other.

The Greatest Christmas Gift

Sermon #4 from the Series An Old Testament Christmas (Isaiah 9:1-7): Title: “Christmas Contrasts” Sermon in a Sentence: The gift of Christ reverses our circumstances, dispels the darkness and gloom of our lives brought about by our sin, and brings us deliverance and salvation.

Christmas Contrasts

Sermon #3 from the Series An Old Testament Christmas (Micah 5:1-5): Title: “Christmas Contrasts” Sermon in a Sentence: The contrast of Christmas is that God has chosen to glorify Himself by saving His people – not by might, but by the lowly and humble child of Bethlehem, born to bring peace to those who will receive Him.

The Christmas Comfort Zone

Sermon #2 from the Series An Old Testament Christmas (Isaiah 40:1-11): Title: “The First Christmas Message” Sermon in a Sentence: Christmas brings the comfort that we can have forgiveness of our sins, the hope of glory, confidence in God’s promises and power, and the assurance that the same Christ who fights for us will also carry us home.

The First Christmas Message

Sermon #1 from the Series An Old Testament Christmas (Genesis 3:15 ): Title: “The First Christmas Message” Sermon in a Sentence: The very first Christmas message announces the good news that the virgin-born Christ came to defeat Satan and set us free from the penalty of our sin through His death and resurrection.

Mistakes that Compromise Your Christian Witness

Sermon #34 from the Series The Gospel of Mark (Mark 9:30-41): Title: “Mistakes that Compromise Your Christian Witness?” Sermon in a Sentence: To avoid mistakes that compromise our witness, we must focus on the cross and the sacrifice it demands, be willing to serve others and put ourselves last, and not criticize or tear down the work of fellow believers who seek to glorify Christ.

Why the Lord’s Supper?

Sermon #33 from the Series The Gospel of Mark (Mark 9:1-13): Title: “Why the Lord’s Supper?” Sermon in a Sentence: By His death—at the hands of those He came to save—and His resurrection, Jesus grants pardon from sin and eternal, abundant life to all who trust in Him.