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Our congregation approved a merger with Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church on January 21, 2024.

Once we receive the green light from the CRA, we will be officially known as Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. For now, we are one church under that name (spiritually), but two charities (legally).

Join us at 10:30am every Sunday and 7:30pm every Thursday at 527 Mt. Pleasant Rd.

The Suffering Messiah and His Suffering Disciples

January 14, 2024 Preacher: John Bell Series: The Gospel According to Mark

Passage: Mark 8:22–38

Main Point: “The cross of our Messiah defines our discipleship to Jesus.”

1. Eyes to see: the physical healing of the blind man’s eyes is a picture of what’s about to happen to the disciples’ spiritual sight when they confess Jesus to be the Messiah – albeit, a Messiah who does not suffer and die.


2. Peter’s confession: “You are the Messiah.”


3. Jesus the Messiah must suffer many things, be rejected, die, and rise again. Anything else is satanic.


4. Christians must suffer.

  • Christian, take up your cross!
  • Christian, lose your life for Christ’s sake—only to save it!
  • Christian, do not be ashamed of the Son of Man!

What all of Jesus’ disciples must learn is that to be a follower of Jesus entails a painful renunciation of self-interest, and a wholehearted turn to Jesus’ interests.

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