Calvary Chapel Portsmouth This is our Podcast. We're a Bible believing Church meeting at Barncroft Primary School, Havant, Hampshire, UK Podcast Generator 2.6 - Sat, 20 Oct 2018 02:32:53 +0000 en Copyright © 2017 Calvary Chapel Portsmouth Calvary Chapel Portsmouth This is our Podcast. We're a Bible believing Church meeting at Barncroft Primary School, Havant, Hampshire, UK Simply teaching the Bible, simply Barry Forder Barry Forder clean Mark 13 6-13 Pastor Barry Forder This verse-by-verse study of Mark 13:6-13 was taught by Pastor Barry Forder at our family service on 14th October 2018.

In our verse-by-verse journey through the Gospel of Mark we are reviewing the Olivet Discourse – the private briefing that Jesus gave to Peter, James, Andrew, and John on the Mt of Olives on the Tuesday before His crucifixion.

As Dr Arnold Fruchtenbaum states in his classic book on the return of Jesus: ‘The Footsteps of the Messiah’: “The famous Olivet Discourse of the Messiah occurred between two significant events. Immediately preceding the Olivet Discourse, the Messiah spoke the final words of His public ministry, found in Matthew 23:1-39, which contains the denunciation of the leadership of Israel, especially for their guilt in leading the nation to reject the Messiahship of Jesus. With these words, the public ministry of the Messiah as a prophet came to an end, and for the remainder of His last few days on earth, He would deal exclusively with His disciples. In verses 37-39, Jesus also laid down the precondition to the Second Coming, in the He will not return until the Jewish leaders ask Him to return. Just as the Jewish leaders once led the nation to reject His Messiahship, a day must come when they will lead the Jewish people to accept His Messiahship”.

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Pastor Barry Forder 53:29 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Mark, Verse by Verse no Sun, 14 Oct 2018 20:41:00 +0000
Mark 13 1-5 Pastor Barry Forder This verse-by-verse study of Mark 13:1-5 was taught by Pastor Barry Forder at our family service on 7th October 2018.

Two days before His crucifixion Jesus warned of deception that would come. Peter, Paul, John and Jude would all later go on to warn of powerful deception in the ‘last days’.

One of the greatest deceptions is to believe that you cannot be deceived, that somehow, you and I are beyond deception!  Peter said:

“Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness“. 2 Peter 3:17

In this study, we consider Jesus’ words to his disciples on the Mt of Olives where he foretold the details and events of the ‘end times’ and warned the disciples to ‘take heed!’ We also look at the incredible parallels with the prophet Jeremiah who lived at a time much like our own.

Pastor Barry Forder 1:04:02 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Mark, Verse by Verse no Sun, 07 Oct 2018 20:53:00 +0000
Mark 12 Pastor Barry Forder In this study we see Jesus, on the Tuesday before the Crucifixion (that would take place on the Thursday of Passion Week) going back into Jerusalem to do battle with the Jewish leadership.

Jesus riles the Pharisees by exposing that they were seeking to kill him – which they were, but they didn’t want the crowd to get wind of it for fear that public sympathy for Jesus would scupper their plans.

Jesus tells the parable of a ‘certain man’ (God the Father) who planted a ‘vineyard’ (the Nation of Israel), and set a ‘hedge’ around it (The Law), and digged a ‘place for the winefat’ (Jerusalem), and built a ‘tower’ (the Throne of David), but then went away for a while (see Hosea 3:4) and left His vineyard in the care of the ‘husbandmen’ (the Jewish Leadership).

Jesus tells of how, at the appointed time, God sent His servants (the Prophets) to the Nations of Israel, but they had been rejected, shamefully treated, stoned and even murdered. Jesus then tells of how the Son (Jesus) of the ‘Certian Man’ (God the Father) was also sent and killed.

Bear in mind, this was only two days before this (the crucifixion) would happen, and the Jewish leadership actually wanted to avoid arresting Jesus over the time of the Feast – something that was now becoming a much harder prospect! They were losing ground and had to act fast. The plan to arrest Jesus needed to be stepped up!

After a short while (probably less than an hour later), the Pharisees come back, but this time with their own enemies, the Herodians! The Herodians were loyal to Rome, the Pharisees despised Roman rule – but they now perceived they had a common threat (at least that is how the Pharisees must have spun it to the Herodians!). Together they try to outwit and trick Jesus regarding the hot subject of paying Taxes to Rome. They thought that Jesus would have no way out of this one! Either he would show Himself a traitor to Rome, or a traitor to His own people and country of Israel. Yet Jesus is the one who made the heavens and all the laws that govern the solar system! He was not about to fall for their cunning!

Jesus’ answer stunned them!

  “Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar’s…  Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s”

In a moment of time, Jesus cuts between the physical world and the spiritual. The coin had Caesar’s image, so belonged to him. We have been made in God’s image to belong to Him!

Seeing the Pharisees taking a battering, the Sadducees now step up with a question about resurrection. Jesus slices through their shallow theology with the Word of God and shows that resurrection is part of God’s plan! (Paul comprehensively addresses this question in1 Corinthians 15).

Finally, as his detractors are running out of steam (and ideas!), a scribe steps forward and finally asks a good question. Jesus emphasises the importance of the heart in serving God and our fellow men.

To conclude the chapter, another object lesson on serving God is recorded by Mark as he recounts the woman who gave her last two mites.

It is not about how much you give, but about the heart. We are called to give Him all, not out of a sense of obligation, but out of gratitude. And not just money. Too many Christians give what doesn’t cost them. Many are happy to give money, as if that somehow relieves them of their obligation to serve in any other way.

Pastor Barry Forder 51:23 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Mark, Verse by Verse no Sun, 30 Sep 2018 18:59:00 +0000
Mark 11 11-33 Pastor Barry Forder This verse-by-verse study of Mark 11:11-33 was taught by Pastor Barry Forder at our family service on 23rd September 2018.

In the first part of this chapter we saw Jesus arrive at Bethany on the Saturday evening, and then ride into Jerusalem on ‘Palm Sunday’, fulfilling the prophecy given by Gabriel, recorded in Daniel chapter 9 to the very day!

Now Mark records that when Jesus arrived in Jerusalem he went to the Temple looked around and then went back out to Bethany for the evening. He makes no mention (as do Matthew and Luke) of the tables in the Temple being turned over that day. However the next day (Monday) as Jesus comes back into Jerusalem (passing and cursing the fig tree) Mark records that Jesus “began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves”. (Mark 11:15-17). It’s hard to imagine the commotion as Jesus sent table and coins flying, doves escaping and the crowd looking on in wonder!

Pastor Barry Forder 52:47 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Mark, Verse by Verse no Sun, 23 Sep 2018 20:27:00 +0000
Mark 11 1-10 Pastor Barry Forder This verse-by-verse study of Mark 11:1-10 was taught by Pastor Barry Forder at our family service on 16th September 2018.

Jesus had been to Jerusalem many times in His ministry, but this is the only occasion recorded by Mark. Up to this point Mark has provided overwhelming evidence, from eyewitness accounts that Jesus really is the Messiah, but if that hasn’t been enough for some, Chapter 11 seals it!

Pastor Barry Forder 44:11 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Mark, Verse by Verse no Sun, 16 Sep 2018 19:32:00 +0000
Mark 10 13-52 Pastor Barry Forder As Jesus continues His journey toward Jerusalem for the final showdown, Mark, in his usual ‘snapshot’ style records some of the key things that occurred on the journey. In chapter 10 verse 13 we see the disciples try to stop children being brought to Jesus – presumably, they thought it was their duty to protect Jesus from this nuisance! Jesus, however, is quick to rebuke them!

It is not for us to decide who should and shouldn’t come to Jesus! We cannot allow our preconceived ideas of who we think is worthy or not to determine who should be a recipient of His grace!

We were not worthy, we did not deserve his Grace and mercy! Yet He called us and invited us into His family! (Read Ephesians 2:1-13)

We then encounter the ‘rich young ruler’ who hurries to find Jesus and then falls at His feet, calling Him ‘good Master’! His doesn’t come seeking health, or blessing, or to see a miracle; he comes to ask one of the most important questions a person can ask! He asks how he may inherit eternal life! The incredible thing is, that through his conversation with Jesus, it turns out his love for all he has achieved on this earth – his wealth and possessions – had become the very thing that prevented him from taking hold of the eternal life he sought!

Jesus makes it clear, you can gain this world, but unless you are prepared to lose it all, pick up your cross and follow him, your wealth and riches, your good works and good intentions count for nothing. Having a right relationship with God through Jesus is the ONLY way to inherit eternal life, because it is the only way to get right with God.

Following another discussion about who is going to be the greatest in Jesus’ coming kingdom, Jesus heads to Jerusalem via Jerhico and encounters a blind man named Bartimaeus. In complete contrast to the rich young ruler, Bartimaeus, though blind, can see clearly that Jesus is the Son of David, the Messiah; and that all our hope must be in Him alone. When Jesus called for Him, Bartimaeus abandoned everything! – his coat which he throws aside would have been used to collect alms from the passing crowd and would have also likely been used as a bed at night. Bartimaeus was willing to give up all he had to gain Christ! – and in so doing his eyes were opened too!

May you be blessed and encouraged by this study.

Pastor Barry Forder 50:55 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Mark, Verse by Verse no Sun, 09 Sep 2018 16:03:00 +0000
Mark 10 1-12 Pastor Barry Forder This study was taught by Pastor Barry Forder at our family service on 2nd September 2018.

In this study we see the Pharisees trying the trap Jesus with a question regarding divorce. At that time there were two opposing views put forward by the leading Rabbi’s of the day:

  • The first was the school of Rabbi Hillel – He espoused a lenient and popular view
  • The second was the school of Rabbi Shammai – He taught a strict but unpopular view
Pastor Barry Forder 42:16 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Mark, Verse by Verse no Mon, 03 Sep 2018 16:12:33 +0000
Mark 9 34-50 Pastor Barry Forder Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem, but stops at Simon Peter’s house to give the disciples their first lesson about ‘greatness’ in His coming kingdom. The disciples were expecting Jesus to overthrow the yoke and tyranny of Rome, and the conversation had arisen about who was going to be most important in Jesus kingdom – when finally the Throne of David would be reestablished in Jerusalem. Possibly this had been triggered by Jesus taking just Peter, James and John up to the top of Mt. Hermon where He was transfigured only a few days before. Why did not Matthew or Andrew get to go? Exactly how do you get into Jesus’ good books?

Well, the disciples were wrong. Although they didn’t understand at that time, the Throne of David will be revived (Luke 1:32), Jesus will sit on it and reign over the whole earth from Jerusalem (Daniel 7:14 / Micah 4:1-3), and the 12 Disciples (excluding Judas!) willeach be given thrones and authority over the 12 Tribes of Israel – but not yet! First must come the cross.

And to be the greatest in His kingdom means becoming a servant to all!

And, by the way, you can’t do anything to get into His good books! If you accept Him as Lord and Saviour your name is already written in His Good Book, because of what He’s done!

Regarding God view of greatness, Oswald Chambers comments: “It is one thing to follow God’s way of service if you are regarded as a hero, but quite another thing if the road marked out for you by God requires becoming a “doormat” under other people’s feet. God’s purpose may be to teach you to say, “I know how to be abased…” Are you ready to be sacrificed like that? Are you ready to be less than a mere drop in the bucket— to be so totally insignificant that no one remembers you even if they think of those you served? Are you willing to give and be poured out until you are used up and exhausted— not seeking to be ministered to, but to minister?”

Jesus gently told the Disciples that His kingdom is founded on serving each other. In the church this is the framework on which everything hangs “Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ”

The next lesson was a simple one, yet 2000 years later one the many in the church have failed to learn! Because other Christians don’t do things the way we do them, because they have a different style of worship, or because they dress differently; maybe their teaching is not as in-depth as we would like it to be, or maybe there are some non-essential doctrinal differences, none of those things give us grounds to critisize or condenm. “Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand”

Pastor Barry Forder 39:58 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Mark, Verse by Verse no Sun, 26 Aug 2018 16:42:18 +0000
Mark 9:14-34 Pastor Barry Forder This study was taught by Pastor Barry Forder at our family service on19th August 2018.

In this study, we remind ourselves of the importance of the transfiguration of Jesus, and consider the implications for us, who are also to be transformed from the inside out, to show forth His glory!

In the book, The Psychology of Redemption, Oswald Chambers comments: “According to the Bible, there are only two Men: Adam and Jesus Christ, and God deals with them as the representatives of the human race, not as individuals. All the members of the human race are grouped round these two Men. The first Adam is called “the son of God”; the last Adam is the Son of God, and we are made sons of God by the last Adam. The Christian is neither Adam nor Jesus Christ, the Christian is a new man in Christ Jesus. The first Adam and the last Adam are the only two Men according to God’s norm, and they both came into this world direct from the hand of God.” 

He goes on to say: 

“God created man a splendid moral being, fitted to rule the earth and air and sea, but he was not to rule himself; God was to be his Master, and man was to turn his natural life into a spiritual life by obedience. Had Adam done so, the members of the human race would have gone on developing until they were transfigured into the presence of God; there would have been no death. Death to us has become natural, but the Bible reveals it to be abnormal. Adam refused to turn the natural into the spiritual; he took dominion over himself and thereby became the introducer of the heredity of sin into the human race (Romans 5:12), and instantly lost his control over the earth and air and sea. The entrance of sin means that the connection with God has gone and the disposition of self-realisation, my right to myself, has come in its place.

“For by Him were all things created . . .” (Colossians 1:16). Did God then create sin? Sin is not a creation; sin is the outcome of a relationship which God never ordained, a relationship set up between the man God created and the being God created who became the devil. God did not create sin, but He holds Himself responsible for the possibility of sin, and the proof that He does so is in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ”.

Following the Transfiguration, Jesus went down into the valley below and finds the Scribes trying to trip up the disciples with their questions – no doubt trying to undermine their faith in Jesus. Jesus, as the great protector of the sheep, steps into the conversation at which point the scribes go strangely quiet!

A man steps forward whose son had been bound by the devil since he was a child. The disciples had been out of their depth, not knowing what to do. But Jesus hears the cry of a heart-broken father for his child and casts the evil spirit out of the boy.

Jesus makes the comment that ‘this kind can only come out by prayer and fasting’. The point here is that, if we are to be used of God in setting people free from the snare and tyranny of the Devil, we must be in-tune with God. We must be willing to fast (cut out of our lives all that is not of Him), and to be constantly praying. Such was the life of Jesus.

May you be blessed and encouraged by this study.

Pastor Barry Forder 46:17 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Mark, Verse by Verse no Tue, 21 Aug 2018 18:03:03 +0000
Mark 9:1-16 Pastor Barry Forder It this study we see Jesus transfigured on the top of Mt Hermon.

The Glory that Jesus had spoken to His disciples of only a week before was now unveiled before their eyes. This was the Son of Man, the Alpha & Omega that John would one day see again on the isle of Patmos, removed from the physical restraints of His human body. Peter, James and John saw Jesus literally transformed from the inside out as the physical gave way to the spiritual. It was almost as if the physical body of Jesus could no longer contain the supernatural Deity it did. Jesus had been perfectly obedient to His Father and ‘turned His innocence to obedience by a series of moral choices’ (Oswald Chambers). He had become what God always intended man to become. The disciples were overwhelmed and lost for words – although Peter, as usual, threw some in anyway!

Oswald Chambers comments: “If Jesus had gone to heaven from the Mount of Transfiguration, He would have gone alone; He would have been nothing more to us than a glorious Figure. But He turned His back on the glory, and came down from the Mount to identify Himself with fallen humanity.

“We have no corresponding experience to the events in Our Lord’s life after the Transfiguration. From then onwards Our Lord’s life was altogether vicarious (i.e every moment, every step, lived out for you and me). Up to the time of the Transfiguration He had exhibited the normal perfect life of a man; from the Transfiguration onwards — Gethsemane, the Cross, the Resurrection — everything is unfamiliar to us. His Cross is the door by which every member of the human race can enter into the life of God; by His Resurrection He has the right to give eternal life to any man, and by His Ascension Our Lord enters heaven and keeps the door open for humanity.

On the Mount of Ascension the Transfiguration is completed.

The Ascension is the consummation of the Transfiguration. Our Lord does now go back into His primal glory; but He does not go back simply as Son of God; He goes back to God as Son of Man as well as Son of God. There is now freedom of access for anyone straight to the very throne of God by the Ascension of the Son of Man. As Son of Man Jesus Christ deliberately limited omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience in Himself. Now they are His in absolute full power. As Son of Man Jesus Christ has all power at the throne of God. He is King of kings and Lord of lords from the day of His Ascension until now”.

Suddenly before them, two invited guests arrived: Moses & Elijah. Of all the great saints in Heaven, these two were called for. How much must Daniel or David, Noah or Isaiah have desired this opportunity to meet with the Messiah – the One they had all longed for! Yet Moses and Elijah were the two chosen, and we know from Matthew’s account that they were called specifically to discuss the crucifixion and resurrection. Why? What was it they talked about?

A clue may be in their rolls! Moses and Elijah were great ambassadors of God’s revelation to man. Moses was representative of the Law, Elijah of the Prophets. These are the two witnesses God has given to mankind that we might believe. The Law convinces of sin, and prophecy convinces the intellect on man to the truth of Scripture.

The morning of the resurrection Luke records: “And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?”

Luke specifically uses the word ‘aner’ which means ‘man’ (and not angel). As a physician, he would know the difference between a man and an angel!

Pastor Barry Forder 40:18 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Mark, Verse by Verse no Sun, 29 Jul 2018 18:01:00 +0000
Mark 8 1-13 Pastor Barry Forder This study, taught by pastor Barry Forder, was recorded at our Sunday morning family service on 15th July 2018.

In Mark chapter 8 the feeding of the 4000 is a different event from the incredible feeding of the 5000 that Mark recorded back in chapter 6. In chapter 6 it was a Jewish audience, here in chapter 8, Jesus is in the Decapolis (on the Eastern side of the Sea of Galilee) which was a largely gentile area. In chapter 6 the crowd that had gathered had only been with Jesus for that day. In the account Mark records for us here we find that the crowd had following Jesus for 3 days! That is incredible in itself. Imagine the excitement and fascination that would keep over 10,000 people (Mark only counts the men) away from their homes and other commitments for three days!

We read in v2 that Jesus ‘had compassion’ on this multitude, knowing that they needed sustenance. Generally, after three intense days, you and I would want to unwind and would crave our own space! But Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit and did not tire of showing love, grace and compassion. You and I can also show that kind of love and compassion, regardless of how weary and physically tired we may become IF we too are walking in His Spirit. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13). “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Romans 5:5).

Then Jesus presents His dilemma to the disciples: He doesn’t want to send the multitude away hungry, because some of them had traveled a long way, so what should He do? When Jesus presents us with a dilemma it is not a test of our resources! It is a test of our trust in Him! Immediately the disciples do what we tend to do, and assume responsibility for something they were unable to solve. As Oswald Chambers has said: “If we undertake work for God and get out of touch with Him, the sense of responsibility will be overwhelmingly crushing; but if we roll back on God that which He has put upon us, He takes away the sense of responsibility by bringing in the realization of Himself”.

Imagine Peter’s surprise when he went up to Jesus and walked away with a full basket of food to give to the multitude! Then John followed Peter, no doubt thinking “Great Peter! Now there’s nothing left for me!” Only to find that his basket was full to overflowing also! Then Andrew, then James, then Matthew…. Then Peter came back for a second time. He had given away all he had, but the more he gave away, the more Jesus replenished. This is the model of Christian ministry!

  • We recognise the need of the people to be fed
  • We come to Christ
  • He fills us to overflowing
  • We go out and give out the bread He has given us
  • We go back to Christ empty
  • He fills us all over again!
  • We go back out….

There are so many around us that will not make it home without the bread that Christ gives. But you and I are the vessels that Christ uses to take that bread and give it out freely.

Pray this week that God gives you opportunity to give out from the abundance He has given you…then go back to Him and be filled to overflowing again!

May you be blessed and encouraged by this study

The Powerpoint slides used in this study are also available for free download, and the audio can be streamed or downloaded for future use.

Pastor Barry Forder 39:33 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Mark, Verse by Verse no Sun, 15 Jul 2018 16:58:00 +0000
Mark 7 Pastor Barry Forder This study, taught by pastor Barry Forder, was recorded at our Sunday morning family service on 8th July 2018.

In Mark chapter 7 we see Jesus once again confronted with the professional religious leaders who had travelled down from Jerusalem. Sadly, they had not come to merely investigate the stories they had heard about the multitude of souls who had been healed or delivered from evil spirits; no, rather they had come to find fault with Jesus.

Like so many in the church today, they would rather point the finger and criticize anyone who doesn’t hold to the same ideas and traditions they do. In recent years the church has been plagued by so-called discernment ministries that love to find fault; they ignore Jesus’ words in Matthew 13 and try to uproot the tares, not stopping to think about the damage they are doing to the genuine wheat they uproot in the process. As long as they ‘get their man’ the feel justified in saying and printing their diatribes regardless of the precious souls whom they inadvertently harm. Yes, we must stand for the truth of God’s Word. Yes, doctrine is vitally important. Yes, we must contend for the faith at all costs – but in love (see 1 Cor 13 again!). The Biblical modal is to look to restore in the spirit of meekness (Gal 6:1), to reconcile (2 Thess 3:15), to rebuild (Philemon 1:15-16). The uprooting is not the job of the church.

Notice that in v2 they couldn’t find fault with Jesus, but with just some of His disciples!

[There is a lesson here to make sure we do not give God’s enemies reason to find fault with Jesus because of us! We are to be ambassadors who give ‘no appearance of evil’. (2 Cor 5:20/ 1 Thes 5:22)]

Jesus does not answer their question, He simply takes apart their argument by showing that their tradition had obscured the very Law it was intended to protect. The heart of the Law had been replaced by a legalism that kills.

Tradition may come about through well-meaning intentions, but it will ultimately do more harm than good, and it always becomes a barrier between man and God.

May you be blessed and encouraged by this study

The Powerpoint slides used in this study are also available for free download, and the audio can be streamed or downloaded for future use.

Pastor Barry Forder 44:09 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Mark, Verse by Verse no Sun, 08 Jul 2018 10:25:00 +0000
Mark 6 32-56 Pastor Barry Forder Following on from last week

As the disciples return they find Jesus surrounded by multitudes. The natural tendency, born from their enthusiasm, would have been to carry on and minister to this crowd that had gathered – after all, wasn’t that the reason given in the synagogue in Nazareth as to why Jesus had come? “to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord” Luke 4:18-19

Jesus takes the disciples aside, for now, they needed to rest, physically no doubt, but needed to renew their strength. In the spiritual realm that can only be done by coming apart from the busyness of life, from the urgent pressures and demands, and to spend time alone with Jesus – “they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength” Isa 40:31

Jesus speaking to His disciples said, “Come ye yourselves apart to a desert place, and rest a little.” Mk 6:31 A ‘Quiet Time’ is a place to “come apart” from the world and rest in Jesus. “Jesus knows we must come apart and rest awhile or else we may just plain come apart!” Vance Havner. When the Bible becomes a part of you, you’ll be less likely to come apart! To be much like Christ, we must be much with Christ

“Attachment to Christ is the secret of detachment from the world. And so although we must live in the world, we must draw our strength from outside the world. As Charles Hummel wisely said, “Adequate time for daily waiting on God… is the only way I can escape the tyranny of the urgent.”

Notice what happens when the disciples did the counter-intuitive and stopped their labours for a while: The crowds came to them

The natural says we must keep at it, we must keep serving to make the most of every opportunity! The Spiritual says we must not! If we are to make the most of every opportunity it will only be done through waiting on the LORD, only moving in His time. We are always in such a hurry, Jesus was not. Jesus accomplished more in 3 1/2 years than most of us will in a lifetime, yet He was never flustered or anxious

After feeding the 5000, we see the disciples in the midst of the sea again, this time Jesus comes walking on water. Surely the disciples realised they were safe? That the Lord had called and chosen them and watching over them? But no! How quick we forget the LORD’s miraculous provision and think that it is now up to us. On this occasion – although Mark doesn’t record the fact – Peter stepped out of the boat, walked toward Jesus on water! Oswald Chambers comments:

The wind was boisterous, the waves high, but Peter did not see them at first. He did not reckon with them, he simply recognised his Lord, and stepped out in recognition of Him and walked on water. Then he began to reckon with the actual things, and down he went instantly. Why could not our Lord have enabled him to walk at the bottom of the waves as well as on the top of them? Neither could be done saving by recognition of the Lord Jesus

We step right out on God over some things, then self-consideration enters in and down we go. If you are recognising your Lord, you have no business with where He engineers your circumstances. The actual things are, but immediately you look at them you are overwhelmed, you cannot recognise Jesus, and the rebuke comes: Wherefore didst thou doubt?” Let actual circumstances be what they may, keep recognising Jesus, maintain complete reliance on Him

The theme throughout this study is we need to get our eyes on Jesus and keep them there! We cannot solve our problems ‘in the flesh’ (by our natural resources). We do not have sufficient resources to carry on the fight on our own. Enthusiasm is not to be confused with calling

Pastor Barry Forder 47:35 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Mark, Verse by Verse no Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:18:00 +0000
Mark 6:1-31 Pastor Barry Forder This study, taught by pastor Barry Forder, was recorded at our Sunday morning family service on 17th June 2018.

As we move into Mark chapter 6 we see Jesus return to his boyhood home – Nazareth.

From what we glean from Psalm 69 Jesus’ childhood was far from easy! The townsfolk of Nazareth had made Jesus the object of their scorn; he had become the ‘song of the drunkards’. Maybe it was because Jesus was different? Maybe because he wouldn’t go along with the typical childhood schemes and plotting that may seem harmless enough to you and I, but would not and could not be found in the Son of God. Maybe it was because of the rumors that no-doubt still abounded about Jesus being born out of wed-lock? Whatever the reasons, Nazareth had been a cruel place to grow up.

But it had not got better as Jesus reached adulthood. Luke records for us that as the start of Jesus’ ministry, as He returned from the temptation in the wilderness, He entered into the synagogue in Nazareth one Sabbath day and stood up to read. In all probability, He would have been passed the scroll with the reading for that Sabbath day; but it ‘just so happened’ that on that particular day the reading was from the scroll of Isaiah, so Jesus read: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears”. Luke 4:18-21.

This was too much for them to take! This boy who had grown up in their town, working in his ‘dad’s’ carpenters shop, was daring to claim that He had been sent by God to deliver and heal – in a word, He was claiming to be their Messiah!

They did not stand for it and Luke records who they took Jesus up to the top of the steep hill overlooking the Jezreel Valley and tried to push Him off! Jesus simply walked through the midst of the crowd, as if untouchable – and headed up to Capernaum.

Well, now He was back, and once again taught in the Synagogue on the Sabbath, and once again the townsfolk of Nazareth were nonplussed! Sadly too many souls throughout the ages have missed their opportunity to embrace Jesus because of their preconceived ideas of how their ‘saviour’ will look or when he will appear. But Jesus comes to us on His terms, we have the choice to accept Him and fall at His feet, or to harden our hearts and what Him go.

“Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts” Heb 4:7The stir that Jesus caused prompted some to think the prophecy in Malachi about Elijah returning had been fulfilled, others, that Moses had returned. Herod – probably from a deep sense of guilt after putting John the Baptist to death – feared that John had come back to life to haunt him!

Pastor Barry Forder 40:34 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Mark, Verse by Verse no Sun, 17 Jun 2018 17:40:00 +0000
Mark 4:35-5:43 Pastor Barry Forder This study, taught by pastor Barry Forder, was recorded at our Sunday morning family service on 10th June 2018.

We have already seen a number of miraculous healings that Mark recounts for us; the paralytic lowered into Peter’s house by his friends; the leaper that began the Pharisee’s inquisition of Jesus, the healing of the man with the withered hand in the synagogue. In this study we see Jesus cross the lake of Galilee to heal a man possessed by a legion of demonic spirits (en route He delivers the disciples from a supernatural storm they were terrified would overwhelm them). We then see Jesus return to Capernaum to the cry of help from a father whose daughter was on her deathbed; and then, while on the way to see Jairus’ daughter, a woman who had been suffering from internal bleeding for 12 years reaches out and touches the hem of His robe.

What’s the connection? What is the formula for these miraculous healings?

Whose faith was required? The Paralytic’s? His friends? The demon possessed man (who surely wasn’t in his right mind!)? The woman who stretched out her hand to touch Jesus? Was it Jairus’ faith? Or was it the faith of his by-now dead daughter?

It wasn’t any of these things; there wasn’t a ‘magic’ formula for healing. Some were healed on account fo their faith; others were healed despite their lack of faith.

The secret? In a word…. JESUS!

It is only looking to Jesus that brings healing. Only looking to Jesus can bring healing. Only looking to Jesus can bring salvation. Only looking to Jesus can bring restoration and undo all the years of hurt. But if we look unto Jesus we will be saved. If we look unto Jesus we will be delivered from all the power of the enemy. If we look unto Jesus we will be delivered from sin and sickness.

If your focus is on the healing, you will be disappointed. If your focus is on the deliverance you will be despondent. If your focus is on the restoration your will be disheartened.

But if your look unto Jesus, there will be peace and joy everlasting! (Isaiah 45:22 /Hebrews 12:2)

May you be blessed and encouraged by this study

The Powerpoint slides used in this study are also available for free download from our web site, and the audio can be streamed or downloaded for future use.

Pastor Barry Forder 46:57 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Mark, Verse by Verse no Sun, 10 Jun 2018 18:04:00 +0000
Mark 4 1-34 Pastor Barry Forder This study, taught by pastor Barry Forder, was recorded at our Sunday morning family service on 3rd June 2018.

In this study we see Jesus draw his biggest crowd yet, so He gets in a larger boat than last time and again teaches the people as they line the shore of Capernaum.

Possibly looking into the distance and seeing a farmer sowing some seed, Jesus uses the picture of a sower sowing as an object lesson to teach about the Kingdom of God, and more specifically, about the kingdom from Heaven. The kingdom of God is a broad title that encompasses all that is in God’s control – the universe, time, space and matter, the angelic realm, and of course all that happens on  earth. We are indebted to Matthew for helping us to distinguish between this general term ‘kingdom of God’ and the specific part of the kingdom of God concerning Christ’s rule and eventual reign on the earth ‘The kingdom ofHeaven’.

The kingdom of God cannot be seen, it transcends the natural. “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you”. Luke 17:20-21

The kingdom from heaven can now be seen in and through Christ’s body on earth – the church. It will eventually be manifest through Christ’s millennial reign on the earth when He will rule and reign from Jerusalem for 1000 years.

As Jesus reveals His doctrine, He chooses to uses parables, so that the truths He is conveying can be understood by His own, but hidden from the spiritually blinded (See1 Cor 1:27).

Jesus highlights that the parable of the sower is a key to understanding all parables. The dividing line is always the Word!

The four soils speak of 4 different ‘heart conditions’ common to man. We each have a choice as to how we live and whether or not our hearts will be receptive to God’s Word. Hearing is not enough, we must receive it into our lives.

May you be blessed and encouraged by this study.

The Powerpoint slides used in this study are also available for free download from our web site, and the audio can be streamed or downloaded for future use.

Pastor Barry Forder 45:42 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Mark, Verse by Verse no Sun, 03 Jun 2018 15:55:00 +0000
Mark 3 20-35 Pastor Barry Forder This study, taught by pastor Barry Forder, was recorded at our Sunday morning family service on 27th May 2018.

Have you ever been told you are overdoing it in your ministry serving the LORD? In this Chapter, Jesus faces exactly that kind of response from his earthly family. What people don’t account for as they assess how busy we are is the incredible grace of God that enables and sustains us. God will never call us to serve Him in a way that He will not provide sufficient grace to accomplish.

However, as Oswald Chambers points out: “If you get out of touch with God the sense of responsibility will be overwhelmingly crushing!”

In this study, we then asked the question:  What is the unforgivable sin? Are you or I in danger of committing it? How assured can we be of our Salvation?

The Jewish leaders, despite the miracles that were being done by Jesus, rejected that it was a work of God and attributed the power to Satan. Jesus exposes the logical fallacy of their argument and brings a solemn warning to all who reject the witness of the Holy Spirit.

May you be blessed and encouraged by this study

The Powerpoint slides used in this study are also available for free download from our web site, and the audio can be streamed or downloaded for future use.

Pastor Barry Forder 52:58 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Mark, Verse by Verse no Sun, 27 May 2018 15:52:00 +0000
Mark 3:1-19 Pastor Barry Forder This study, taught by pastor Barry Forder, was recorded at our Sunday morning family service on 20th May 2018.

On Sunday we looked at the first 19 verses of Mark ch3. Here we see Jesus go head-to-head with the Pharisees for the 2nd time (the 1st time had been over the issue of His disciples picking and eating grain on the Sabbath in Ch 2). But this time Jesus gets angry! This is not the Sunday school picture of Jesus that so many think of!

Anger is not in itself sinful; we should be angry at wickedness, injustice, sin and its effects.

As the chapter begins, Jesus is still in Capernaum and heads to the Synagogue on the Sabbath to teach again (Luke 6:6). It was not uncommon to have a visiting teaching, but Jesus has been here for a number of weeks now, and we have already been told how the congregation were amazed at His teaching.

At the Synagogue there was a man with a withered hand. Jerome tells us the man had been a stonemason, so presumably, he had been involved in an accident at some time in the past, causing him to lose use the use of his right hand (Luke 6:6).

For the last three weeks (at least) this man had quietly sat at the back, maybe not sure if He could ask Jesus for healing, or if he should! He had no doubt seen Jesus heal many by this time, but must have felt that his ‘ self-inflicted’ problem was not worthy to trouble the Master about.

Jesus then calls him out and puts him on the spot.

This miracle teaches us a number of things:

Firstly, none of us are too insignificant for Jesus’ all-seeing gaze, and His compassion isn’t reserved for just the ‘really needy’. Jesus already knows your condition and situation; He wants you to know His blessing in your life. Many of us have withered hopes or dreams, often brought about by things we have done in the past. Jesus can heal the hurt, He can undo the damage life has done.

Secondly, religious authorities are more interested in position than people; more concerned that you are following their man-made creeds than that you are serving God.

Jesus then went on to choose His disciples and ordained them that they should bring forth fruit for God’s glory. None had amazing credentials, but they were willing to leave their nets, to stop collecting taxes, and follow after Jesus.

God does not choose you because you have some great ability He needs in His kingdom! He calls and ordains out of His great love. He then equips and gives us power over all the power of the enemy if we simply trust and believe in His name.

If you are a follower of Christ, you have been ordained by God! Let’s get to it; there’s a world that needs to hear the Gospel, and the time is running out!

May you be blessed and encouraged by this study.

The Powerpoint slides used in this study are also available for free download from our web site, and the audio can be streamed or downloaded for future use.

Pastor Barry Forder 39:13 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Gospel, Mark, Jesus, NT, New, Testament, Sunday, Bible, Study no Sun, 20 May 2018 21:42:00 +0000
Mark 2 Pastor Barry Forder This teaching, on Mark 2 was given on Sunday 14th May 2018 by pastor Barry Forder at our Sunday morning family service.

As we continue our study of Mark we see the crowds becoming more curious about this Rabbi from Nazareth. News of His ‘doing the impossible’ and healing a leper had spread far and wide. Furthermore, the leper (who we saw healed in the last chapter) would have had to go to Jerusalem to present the offering required by the Law (see Leviticus 14) which then resulted in ‘certain of the scribes’ making the trip up to Capernaum to see the ‘Miracle man’ – who some were daring to call the Messiah!

Such was Jesus fame in the local area that four friends decided to take their crippled friend to Jesus to see if He would heal him. When they arrive they cannot even get near the door, so they climb up on Peter’s roof and start taking the tiles off – no doubt making a mess and considerable noise.

Mark’s excitement at sharing these incredible events comes across as he just want’s to tell the world about Jesus!

We see yet more miracles and healings in this chapter; Chuck Missler comments:

“Israel had been promised immunity from disease if they would be obedient to the law of God (Ex 23:25). Every blind, deaf, crippled or diseased person among them was a witness to their failure in this respect (Deut 28:15-23). In healing the sick, Jesus was undoing the work of the devil (Acts 10:38). In doing so, He was YHWH’s servant (see Isa 35:4-6).

Every form of disease healed by our Lord seems to picture some aspect of sin:…a fever burning in the soul;…a leprosy polluting the whole being;…a palsy making one utterly unable to take a step toward God;…a withered hand incapable of true service.Whatever form sin may take, Jesus can give complete deliverance from it.”

May you be blessed and challenged by this study.

Pastor Barry Forder 47:43 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Mark, Verse by Verse no Sun, 13 May 2018 16:52:00 +0000
Mark 1:16-45 Pastor Barry Forder This teaching, on Mark 1 16-45, was given on Sunday 6th May 2018 by pastor Barry Forder at our Sunday morning family service.

In this session we look at:

  • The calling of the disciples

–Peter, Andrew, James & John

  • Teaching at Capernaum
  • Deliverance of the demoniac

–He came to break the power of the devil 1 John 3:8

  • Healing of Peter’s mother-in-law

–He came to strengthen the week Romans 5:6

  • Healing of the multitude

–He came to the whosoever

  • Healing of the Leper

–He came to conquer sin in the flesh Romans 8:3


May this study bless and encourage you as you undertake your own study of God’s Word.

The PDF study notes and audio are available for free download.

Pastor Barry Forder 51:47 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Mark, Verse by Verse no Sun, 06 May 2018 21:24:00 +0000
Mark 1:1-20 Pastor Barry Forder This teaching was given by Pastor Barry Forder at our family service on 29th April 2018.

This week we started a new verse-by-verse study of the Gospel of Mark.

Mark’s gospel is a fast-paced apologetic (defense of the faith), written in the main for a gentile audience.

Mark was converted as you man, probably still in his teenage years, and built a strong friendship with the Apostle Peter, whom it seems was the one who brought him to faith in Jesus Christ. Mark was captivated by the man, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and quizzed Peter extensively about what it had been like to walk with Jesus for 3 1/2 years. In his gospel, Mark records Peter’s first-hand eyewitness account, barely stopping to take a breath in his excitement and fascination of who Jesus was and what it had been like to have been called to follow Him!

Pastor Barry Forder 53:31 (Barry Forder) Barry Forder Mark, Verse by Verse no Sun, 29 Apr 2018 17:05:00 +0000