Trinity Church
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Where Grace and Truth Meet


Here you will find audio files of some of our sermons on Sunday morning. Under each date (found in Orange), there will be an audio link to the message, along with either a sermon outline or summary.
February 9, 2020 (Allen Marsh)
                          Sermon Audio

Title: The Final Word (Part 2): The Kingdom of Darkness Doesn’t Have the Final Word

Text: Mark 5:1-20


The next few stories in Mark 4 and 5 fit together as one unit. Collectively, they reveal four things, which will make up the themes for the next four weeks for us. 

  1. Jesus has power over nature, or the natural, meaning storms do not have the final word.

  2. Jesus has power over the kingdom of darkness, meaning the kingdom of darkness doesn’t have the final word.

  3. Jesus has power over sickness, meaning sickness doesn’t have the final word.

  4. Jesus has power over death, meaning death doesn’t have the final word.

Today we are looking at Mark 5:1-20, where Jesus cast out many demons from a person. The demons go into a herd of pigs, who then run into the sea and drown. As unusual as this story may sound, we will see today that because of who Jesus is, the kingdom of darkness (our oppressor) does not have the final word. It is no secret that in our world today, it often feels like the kingdom of darkness has the upper hand. When we turn on the news, or read the headlines, we see a constant stream of acts of terroism, hate, war, natural disasters, and never ending conflict. In our families and personal lives, we or someone we love may be facing diseases, illness, marriage trouble, financial trouble, and the list could go on and on.

There are several points to consider from the text today:

  1. This story has many political undertones.

    1. The man was oppressed (by legions).

    2. Israel was oppressed by Roman legions.

    3. Rome was a nation of defiled pigs.

    4. The Roman army is driven out by Israel’s true king, sent back into the sea from where their invading ships had come.

  1. Jesus can deliver us from oppression.

  2. Wherever humans are in pain today, the gentle healing message of Jesus needs to be applied.

  3. Who are you influenced by? Who or what is influencing you? 

February 2, 2020 (Allen Marsh)
                           Sermon Audio (2/2/20)

Title: The Final Word (Part 1): Storms Do Not Have the Final Word

Text: Mark 4:35-41

Brief Summary:

The next few stories in Mark 4 and 5 fit together as one unit. Collectively, they reveal four things, which will make up the themes for the next four weeks for us. 


  1. Jesus has power over nature, or the natural, meaning storms do not have the final word.

  2. Jesus has power over the kingdom of darkness, meaning the kingdom of darkness doesn’t have the final word.

  3. Jesus has power over sickness, meaning sickness doesn’t have the final word.

  4. Jesus has power over death, meaning death doesn’t have the final word.

Today we are looking at Mark 4:35-41, where Jesus calms the storm on the sea of Galilee. We will see today that because of who Jesus is, storms in our lives do not have the final word. Jesus’ ministry is being carried on in Galilee. His basic headquarters is in Capernaum, at the northern edge of the Sea of Galilee. He has been moving in that area, and teaching in the villages and towns of Galilee. On this particular day, He has spent the whole day in that area, on the edge of the sea. At the end of the day, Jesus and His disciples cross the sea of Galilee. The sea is very unique. Its geographical location makes it susceptible to sudden harsh winds during certain parts of the year.  The best calculations would put this story likely in the winter of AD 29. This would be the time of the worst winds, cold air furiously funneling down the ravines and the slopes, gaining speed as it descended, colliding with the warm air in the low basin of the lake, creating violent turbulence that began to whip and swirl the water, turning it into foam and very high waves. 

There are few points we can make in this text:

  1. Jesus didn’t cause the storm, he opposed it.

  2. Jesus didn’t get rattled by the storm. He doesn’t get rattled by our storms.

  3. Storms threaten to sink our faith. 

  4. Jesus calms the storms in our life.

  5. Don’t make the storm bigger than what it is.

  6. The storm is an opportunity to meet with God.

December 29, 2019 (Allen Marsh)
                           Sermon Audio (12/29/19)

Title: Re-New Year

Text: Psalm 51:10-12 NLT

Brief Summary:

The end of the year and the start of a new year is a time of reflection and looking forward for many people. We all want to do better. We can look back at our year and see that we wasted a lot of time, really blew it, didn’t devote as much of our lives as we would have liked to God. There is something in all of us that says we should do better. We all know it. This feeling either propels us to make the necessary changes in order to devote more of our lives with God (restructuring our lives) or it produces shame that keeps us from ever trying to move forward.We will see a glimpse this morning of how renewal and restoration in our relationship with God is huge.

Psalm 51 shows the complete repentance of a sinner when David, who had committed adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite, and was rebuked by the prophet Nathan. In 10-12, David asked God to create in him a new heart and to renew a loyal spirit within him. Confession and cleansing are necessary steps to the restoration of our relationship to God. It requires a renewal of the inward spirit from which the human purposes and actions flow. These characteristics in the text are indications of enduring change and transformation that provide the firm foundation for continuing relationship with God.

What are practical things we can do this year?

  1. Bring our feelings of shame and condemnation to God. 

  1. Understand that Jesus is for our renewal (restoration).

  1. Begin this year with a renewed commitment to the priority of God in our lives (Matthew 6:33, Colossians 3:1-2)

  1. Begin this year with a renewed commitment to pray.

  1. Begin this year with a renewed commitment to the Bible (Colossians 3:16)

December 22, 2019 (Allen Marsh)
                         Sermon Audio (12/22/19)

Title: Prince of Peace

Text: Isaiah 9:1-7 NLT (Part 4)

Brief Summary:

We are in our fourth installment of our Isaiah 9:1-7 series. We have been looking at the names of Jesus in Isaiah 9:6. Today, we are looking at “Prince of Peace.” In Hebrew that title is Sar Shalom

Sar: means the one in charge, lord, chief, general.

Shalom: means rest, tranquility, wholeness, completeness.

Jesus is the Prince of Peace…

  1. Who ______________ us (John 14:27, Philipians 4:6-7)

  1. Who ______________ us (Romans 5:1) (Ephesians 2:13-14)

People look for peace in many ways, but as we will see, there’s only one way to have peace with God. That is through a relationship with Christ. We experience God’s peace when we submit our lives under the lordship of the Prince of Peace. 

December 15, 2019 (Allen Marsh)
                          Sermon Audio (12/15/19

Title: Everlasting Father

Text: Isaiah 9:1-7 Part 3

Brief Summary:

In our third part of this series dealing with the names of God in Isaiah 9:6, we see how Jesus is our Everlasting Father. The image of God as father invokes different images for each of us. We tend to view our heavenly father through the lens of our earthly father. This should be a reality check for all of us who are parents.

When we look at Jesus through the lens of an earthly dad, we may see...

  1. A Father who is never ______________.

  1. A Father who is always ________________.

  1. A Father who is seldom ________________.

When we look at our Everlasting Father through the lens of Scripture, we see that…

  1. Our Everlasting Father is _______________ (Psalm 103:8, Matthew 11:28-29).

  1. Our Everlasting Father is _______________ (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, 1 Peter 5:6-7).

  1. Our Everlasting Father is always ________________ (Hebrews 13:5).

December 8, 2019 (Allen Marsh)
                          Sermon Audio (12/8/19)

Title: Mighty God

Text: Isaiah 9:1-7  NLT (Part 2)

Brief Summary:

In Isaiah 9:1-7, the prophet Isaiah delivered a prophecy to the people of Israel while they were facing a threat from the growing superpower of Assyria (which would eventually destroy the northern kingdom of Israel and lead many Jews into captivity). Isaiah addressed this situation by promising the coming of a future King. The seven-hundred-year delay was not because God was unable to fulfill his promise sooner, but because he wanted to give his people the hope of a future King to sustain them through dark times. The long period between promise and fulfillment was, in fact, a gift from God to his people. This is actually a prophecy about Jesus’ birth, and this was prophesied 700 years before His birth. In this passage, this promised child has four names. Last week we talked about the first one, Wonderful Counselor. This week we are talking about the second name, Mighty God, or El Gibbor.  “Mighty God” indicates that Jesus will be divinely strong and powerful — amazing news for those who are weak. 

1)    Jesus’ power is at work _________ you (Philippians 2:13)


2)    Jesus’ power is at work _________ you (Isaiah 40:29-31, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

3)    Jesus’ power is at work _________ you (Acts 1:8, 2 Corinthians 2:4-5)

December 1, 2019 (Allen Marsh)
                         Sermon Audio (12/1/2019)

Title: Wonderful Counselor

Text: Isaiah 9:1-7 (Part 1)

Brief Summary:

By choosing their own way rather than God’s way, the nation of Israel had plunged itself into darkness. The Assyrians were getting ready to overtake them. Isaiah prophesied that in the midst of their darkness God promises that a light will dawn. Although the people would experience the grief and despair of the conquest, God promised to bring victory and defeat his enemies through the birth of a child. In Isaiah 9:6-7, this child is given four names. We will focus on the first one today--Wonderful Counselor. 


  1. The word "_________________" meant so good it was beyond understanding or incomprehensible.

     2. The word "__________________" is not like what we think of as a social worker or school guidance counselor, but a wise and trusted ruler.


  1. Jesus comes for the spiritually ___________. (Luke 5:27-32)


  1. Be brutally ______________ with the counselor (John 4:16-17, Psalms 55:22)


  1. Listen to the counselor’s _______________ (Mark 9:7, John 10:27)


  1. We need to do what the counselor _________________ us to do (Mark 10:20-22)


October 27, 2019 (Allen Marsh)
                    Sermon Audio 10/27/2019

Title: How’s Your Reception? (Part 3)

Text: Mark 4:7-8, 18-20


Jesus tells of seed that is planted in thorny soil. The plants grow but are quickly choked out by thorns. Jesus later tells us that the thorns represent the distractions and worries of this world that rob of us true life with God. In the text today, we will see several points that will be helpful for our walk with God. 


Mark 4:7-8; 18-20

  1. The thorny ground represents those who are consumed by the cares and anxieties of this physical life and the deceitful enticements of wealth. 

  1. The good ground corresponds to those whose hearts and minds are softened by God's calling and receive it genuinely. 

  1. The greatest amount of fruit produced was not determined by how rich the soil was, but how yielded to the plow it was (all things were removed).

What we can learn from this

  1. The anthem for our modern world: I’m too _________!

  1. Part of our difficulty involves the unprecedented number of people and things that ________________ for our time. 

  1. We know we should _______________ ourselves to God, but there is always something in the way.

  1. The invasion of the “thorns” is an ever-present danger, and great care must be taken to cultivate the ground to clear away the thorns to allow the seed to grow and multiply.

  1. This doesn’t mean that we are totally isolated from the society around us, it’s the question of what we _____________- for. 

  1. The good soil bears fruit.


    7. There’s no discussion here of the sower, ______________ will do.

October 20, 2019 (Allen Marsh)

Title: How’s Your Reception? (Part 2)

Text: Mark 4:5-6, 16-17


Mark 4:5-6

  1. In Palestine there are large plates of limestone rock that lie beneath the surface and beneath the plow.

  1. Seeds scattered in a place like this would  spring up quickly in the shallow soil that covered the rock. 

  1. When the sun scorched the plants, they would die, because they did not have a root system.

Mark 4:16-17

  1. Jesus’ teachings made them self evaluate, which was __________________. 

  1. This is a person who has _______________ faith.

  1. When problems or persecution arise, this person ______________ away.

  1. They are all too concerned with saving their __________ skin than enduring persecution that comes from embracing and standing firm of the Word. 

Application Points

  1. The parable actually encourages those who will be sowing the word in the future. Jesus was saying that we are to sow without looking at the ____________.

  1. Trouble and persecution do two things: 1) they ___________ believers, and 2) they _____________ non-believers. 


    3. ____________ is reality to a true Christian, but just exuberant, emotional joy, excitement, enthusiasm doesn’t necessarily indicate true faith. 


    4. You can have joy without ______________ to the King. The roots are real short. It’s not the deep thoughtful profound joy of a devoted heart. It’s just a superficial deal.


October 13, 2019 (Allen Marsh)
                       Sermon Audio 10/13/19 (Click Here)

Title: How’s Your Reception?

Text: Mark 4:1-4, 9-15 (NLT)


In Mark 4:1-20, Jesus tells a parable about a farmer who scattered seed on the ground. The seed fell on four types of soil. Jesus was not commenting on farming problems but explaining the strange way in which the Kingdom of God was arriving. Jesus was trying to open their eyes and ears to see and hear what God was actually doing. This agricultural illustration is an explanation of why some people repent and believe the Gospel while others reject it. The soil represents the state of a person’s heart in hearing and responding to the Gospel. The first part of this text says the seed fell on the footpath (or road) beside the field.

Historians tell us the paths along the fields  were normally only about three-feet wide so that not an undue amount of land was wasted on pathways. As a result they were uncultivated. And Israel is very dry so they were unwatered. And they became hard, beaten paths, beaten down by the sun and the wind and the feet of those animals and people who walked on them. Seed falling on that kind of ground couldn’t penetrate it. And even though seed had a little point on it that allowed it to burrow its way into the ground, gradually it couldn’t penetrate that  hard beaten path which would have been like concrete. It would just lie there, verse 4 says, until the birds came and ate it.

Jesus gives the meaning of the parable in the latter portion of this text. God is the farmer and the seed is the Gospel. The message is about the fact that God is king over a spiritual kingdom, and He is inviting people to come into that kingdom. Since God has given Christians the task of inviting the world into God’s kingdom,, we can say that the farmer is anyone who proclaims the Gospel to others.  The footpath represents the hard-hearted person that hears God’s Word but is never moved by it. In other words, some people’s hearts are so hard, the Word makes no impression on them. The Gospel does not penetrate their hearts.. 

What can we do to sow the Word  more successfully? The first and most important answer is to ask ourselves how much mature growth, how much fruit, the Word is producing in our own lives. If we have ears, we must learn to hear. We have to look at our own hearts. Are we  that hard dry road at the end of the field? Has our lives been hardened by sins that we’ve constantly tread over our hearts so that the powerful, productive seed of God’s Word never can penetrate?

October 6th, 2019 (Allen Marsh)

                      Sermon Audio 10/6/19 (Click Here)


Title: Are You My Mother?

Text: Mark 3:31-35


In Mark 3:31-35, while Jesus is teaching, someone lets him know that his family has arrived to talk to him. Because of the way in which the family unit was valued in the first century culture, Jesus responded with what would have been a shocking answer. “Who is my mother? And who are my brothers? Jesus says that anyone who does God’s will is his mother and brothers.

Jesus is introducing his spiritual family. He is starting a new family, a new holy people, and is doing so without regard for ordinary human family bonds. The only relationship with Jesus that matters is the relationship of one who obeys the Word of God---Who obeys the will of God as expressed in the Word of God, and therefore obeys the Gospel of Christ.

After we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ, we desire to do God’s will. Sometimes, however, God’s will can seem elusive. It can feel like trying to find bigfoot. In other words, God’s will sometimes feels out of reach or at least saved for the special elite. That leaves most of us with a sense of not feeling like we can find God’s will or know what it is.

If we want to do God’s will, we need to:

  1. Obey His Word

  2. Be continually aware of God’s presence and learn to respond to the Holy Spirit’s promptings

  3. Look like Jesus

  4. Understand God gives us say-so

  5. Spend time with God through prayer, reading the word, and fellowshipping with others

September 29, 2019 (Allen Marsh)
                                  Sermon Audio 9/29/19 (Click Here)               


Title: Unforgiven?

Text: Mark 3:20-30


Mark 3:28-29 has caused many people great pain and anguish. This is where Jesus says that if you “blaspheme the Holy Spirit, you have committed an unforgivable sin.” It reminds me of a story of a lady that went through hard times when she was 19 years old. In her pain, she lifted her fist towards heaven and shouted some horrible things about God that she later deeply regretted. She went to her pastor, told him exactly what she said, and asked if she had committed the unforgivable sin. Her pastor said, “Yes, you did.” This lady spent the next 40 years in and out of  mental institutions. Imagine what it would do to your psyche if you believed that you were no longer able to be forgiven by God and destined for “hell.”

Furthermore, something doesn’t seem to add up. For example, 1 John 1:9 says that “if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Jesus says in John 6:37 that “whoever comes to me I will not drive away.” So, what is the deal with Mark 3:28-29? As we work through this passage, we will see that the context means everything if we are to get a clear picture as to what is going on here.
September 22, 2019 (Allen Marsh)
                          Sermon Audio 9/22/19 (Click Here

Title: Finding Your Calling

Text: Mark 3:13-19


Jesus went up on the mountainside and chose twelve of his disciples for special service. Luke (6) tells us that Jesus disciples (large crowd) followed him to the mountain, but then he chose twelve  out of that large crowd of disciples. Why did he choose twelve? What is significant about that number? The twelve corresponded with the 12 tribes of Israel, sons of Jacob. Ten of the 12 tribes had been lost seven centuries earlier when the Assyrians invaded and carried them off. But the prophets had spoken of a coming restoration, and a great many Jews were longing for it. The time would come, they believed, when their God would turn everything around and make them a great nation once again. This did not happen physically, but spiritually. The number twelve recalls the twelve tribes of Israel and therefore symbolizes the new or restored people of God, which later came to be known as the church. 

These twelve were known as apostles, which means “one who is sent off.” Our English word ‘missionary’ is a variation of this word. It is one who is sent off on a mission. These twelve disciples were called out for a special mission. What was their mission? They were the new leaders of the new Israel (the church). Notice they were called to do three things: to accompany Jesus, preach, and cast out demons. Now, if they were going to be sent out to preach and cast out demons, first they had to be with Him to be trained. They weren’t going to be able to be sent effectively if they hadn’t been with Him and been trained effectively. We get our power to do ministry from Jesus. We cannot rely on our own source of strength. We have to be connected to Jesus. It is His power working through us. It is also important for us to see that these twelve disciples were ordinary people. They were farmers, fishermen, tradesmen, craftsmen, tax collectors, and zealots. They had faults and character flaws, yet they carried on a ministry after Jesus’ ascension that totally turned the world upside down. Their ministry is still going on today. We are a part of this legacy.

What about the calling God places on our lives. How do we find it? There are a few things we should consider from this text. 1)If we are going to discover our calling, we have to take time to get alone with God and seek this out. It won’t happen in the busyness of life (3:13). In the Bible, mountains are a place to meet with God (remember Moses and Elijah’s experiences in Exodus 3 and 1 Kings 19). 2) God calls us to Kingdom service, but this will look differently for us all. 3) God uses ordinary people. He can use all of us. We do not have to be someone special. We have to have a heart that is open to receiving what God may have for us. We have to have a heart that is willing to obey Jesus when He calls us to do something.

September 15, 2019 (Allen Marsh)
                         Sermon Audio 9/15/19 (Click Here)

Title: What Really Matters?

Text: Mark 3:1-6


Jesus is teaching in the synagogue and notices a man with a deformed hand. He brings attention to the man and heals him right there in front of everyone. The kicker is that this all took place on the sabbath. The Pharisees had laws against helping people on the sabbath. They decided that to help someone was considered “work”, and it was not to be allowed. The Old Testament had laws for the sabbath but no law said that you were not allowed to help others in a time of need.


The Pharisees, bless their hearts, had a distorted view of Jesus and saw him as a threatening figure. We will see today that Jesus did not “fit into their box.” Jesus revealed that the Pharisees had their priorities wrong. They cared more about their traditions than meeting the people’s needs. Churches today can fall into the same trap. We have all heard of some people’s experience with churches where they care more about their own traditions than reaching people for Jesus. Here are seven harmful traditions that exist in many churches today:


  1. Thinking the church is a building, not a movement.

  2.  Refusing to honor and engage other generations. 

  3. Expecting the church to disciple our kids. 

  4. Thinking the church exists to serve us rather than being our opportunity to serve others. 

  5. Making church services something we endure rather than enjoy.

  6. Focusing on our outward appearances rather than the inward state of our hearts.

  7. Choosing to reject culture rather than redeem it.

September 8, 2019 (Allen Marsh)
                         Sermon Audio 9/8/19 (Click Here)

Title: Stale: It Happens to Everybody (Part 2)

Text: Various Texts


Last week, we looked at Mark 2:18-22. The point in these early chapters of Mark is that God is doing something new through Jesus. Some of the first century audience couldn’t accept the new thing God was doing, because they were clinging to the old way of life (Judaism).  I want to go down a side road today. God wants to do something new in our life. When we do the same things over and over, they can become monotonous and lose their meaning. Sometimes our relationship with God feels stale, and we feel as if God is distant.

C. S. Lewis (1898–1963) said, “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing Christianity cannot be is moderately important.” Our relationship with God is not to be something we are to be half hearted committed to or approach with indifference. This morning we will address two questions: What can cause our relationship with God to become stale? What can we do to rekindle a passion for God? We will roll these questions into one discussion.

1. Ask God to ____________ our hearts- the good, the bad, and  the ugly (Psalm 139:23-24)


2. _____________________ the competition (Matthew 6:24 and 6:33)

3. Make a ________________________ to spend time with God (Mark 1:35)

4. _______________________ your daily schedule (Psalm 46:10)

5.Spend time with others who _____________________ you in the Faith  (Hebrews 10:25, 1 Peter 4:10-11)