The Scriptures define a church as a gathered congregation: one body, gathered in Christ, gathered to Christ, gathered to grow in Christ and gathered to serve Christ. As we have come to appreciate in an existential way over the past seven months, partial gathering of
In the closing verses of Mark’s Gospel, there are some themes that recapitulate not only the beginning of the Gospel but also much other material we encountered along the way. These words contain truth and are therefore profitable for us.
The truth of the reality of the resurrection is a wonder to behold. But as our text helps us to see, we need more than historical proof; we need revelation from God. We need God to illumine our hearts that Jesus has risen indeed.
Paul declared that the gospel includes the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, though we often view the burial as something of an addendum. Each of the Gospel writers all record something of the burial, which was a necessary part of the Passion Story. The