As we are on the second Sunday of Lent, we will be learning about the message of the CROSS. Most of the time, when we look at the cross, we see torture, pain, suffering, loss and rejection. However, the real meaning of the cross of Christ is: triumph and hope.
The Gospel of Mark tells us that during the entire ministry of Jesus—His mind and heart and mission are pointed to Jerusalem and the cross that await him. He has one purpose—that is the CROSS. In Mark 8:31-38, Christ calls us to Follow Him, Take Up Our Cross, and Deny Ourselves. In order to learn more about this, please come and join us at First Baptist Church of Hudson. Our worship begins at 10:30 a.m.
We will continue the Adult Sunday school study series on “Give Up Harsh, Condemning Judgments for Lent” chapter 2 from James Moore’s Give Up Something Bad For Lent. Also read: Matthew 7:1-5 for this class.
For worship, please read: Mark 8:31-38
31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” 34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37 Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.
Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.
The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart.