Authority, Truth & Power

February 12, 2023 Speaker: Tim Rice Series: The Gospel of Mark

Passage: Mark 12:13-27

Memory Verse for the Week: Mark 12:24, 27 (ESV)

Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? are like angels in heaven. ... He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.”

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Intro: Let’s talk about ultimate issues: about authority, truth & power.

Why do we believe that there is good potential in human authority?

What does it mean to live in pride and unbelief?

In the gospel, how do we see God’s work, His promises and good design become entirely ours?


1. Worship the LORD for His goodness in all His ways. Praise Him, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that in His authority, by His defining of all reality (truth) and His unrivaled power, that He is perfectly loving and just.

2. How have you lived as if you are a law unto yourself and that others in authority are corrupt just because they tell you how to live? Confess your pride and unbelief to Jesus, asking Him to forgive you and heal your rebel heart.

3. Give thanks to Jesus for His absolute integrity and goodness. Thank Him for being successful where Adam (and we) failed, and yet willing to bear the punishment we deserve for all of our corruption and sin.

4. Who do you know that struggles with God’s authority? Pray for them, asking the Lord to make known to them both their lack of integrity and His trustworthiness, especially as Jesus was so willing to suffer to save our lives.

5. Ask the Holy Spirit to work in you His fruit of love, goodness and faithfulness. Pray that vs. your pride, He would work into you Jesus’ very integrity to help you trust the Father’s authority, truth and power as He did.

Looking Back

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