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Seeing the Son of God: The Gospel of Mark

In this series of sermons, Pastor Karabo expounds the New Testament Gospel of Mark under the title “Seeing the Son of God.”

Many interpreters believe that the content of Mark’s Gospel was given to John Mark largely by the apostle Peter, so that this Gospel is, in essence, a record of Peter’s apostolic testimony. Writing likely in the mid-to-late 50s, Mark appears to be addressing an audience largely unfamiliar with Jewish customs. He goes to great lengths to explain these customs and how they were fulfilled in Jesus, the promised Messiah and the Son of God.

The ESV Study Bible’s introduction reads:

The ultimate purpose and theme of Mark’s Gospel is to present and defend Jesus’ universal call to discipleship. Mark returns often to this theme, categorizing his main audience as either followers or opponents of Jesus. Mark presents and supports this call to discipleship by narrating the identity and teaching of Jesus. For Mark, discipleship is essentially a relationship with Jesus, not merely following a certain code of conduct. Fellowship with Jesus marks the heart of the disciple’s life, and this fellowship includes trusting Jesus, confessing him, observing his conduct, following his teaching, and being shaped by a relationship with him. Discipleship also means being prepared to face the kind of rejection that Jesus faced.

Mark is set almost entirely within Palestine, which was ruled in the first century by the Roman Empire. Unlike Matthew and Luke, who record Jesus’ birth narrative, and John, who speaks of Jesus as the pre-existent Son of God, Mark begins his account from Jesus’ baptism, and keeps a fast-paced narrative leading to Christ’s death and resurrection three years later.

At Central Baptist Church, we are committed to the Bible as God’s inerrant and infallible word—our final authority for all matters of faith and practice.

We believe that the faithful preaching and teaching of the Bible is essential to growth in the Christian life.

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:1–2).

The Gospel of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:1–15)

The Gospel of Jesus Christ (Part 2) (Mark 1:12–15)

A Call to Discipleship (Mark 1:16–20)

I Stand Amazed (Mark 1:21–45)

It’s a Miracle (Mark 2:1–12)

The Scandal of Grace (Mark 2:13–17)

Jesus: Pure and Unmixed (Mark 2:18–22)

Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:23–28)

Heart Check (Mark 3:1–12)

Are You a Fan or a Follower? (Mark 3:7–19)

Jesus: Liar, Lunatic, or Lord? (Mark 3:20–35)

The Four Hearts (Mark 4:1–20)

Let the Light Shine (Mark 4:21–25)

Growth in the Kingdom (Mark 4:26–29)

Who is This? (Mark 4:35–41)

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God’s Growth Plan for Believers

In this series of sermons, Pastor Karabo draws from various texts to highlight the biblically-revealed growth plan for believers.

At Central Baptist Church, we are committed to the Bible as God’s inerrant and infallible word—our final authority for all matters of faith and practice.

We believe that the faithful preaching and teaching of the Bible is essential to growth in the Christian life.

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:1–2).

The Bible (Various Texts)

The Power of Prayer (Various Texts)

The Flock Needs Shepherds (Various Texts)

We Need Each Other (Various Texts)

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Various Texts)

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Return to God: An Exposition of Malachi

The sermons in this series form Pastor Karabo’s exposition of the Old Testament prophetic book of Malachi as he considers God’s call to Israel to return to him.

At Central Baptist Church, we are committed to the Bible as God’s inerrant and infallible word—our final authority for all matters of faith and practice.

We believe that the faithful preaching and teaching of the Bible is essential to growth in the Christian life.

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:1–2).

How God Loved Us (Malachi 1:1–5)

Giving God Our Best (Malachi 1:6–2:9)

Come, Thou Long-Expected Messiah (Malachi 2:17–3:5)

Our Giving Must Be Influenced by God’s Unchanging Character (Malachi 3:6–12)

Remember and Repent (Malachi 3:16–4:6)

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Taking Our Pain to God: The Psalms of Lament

A brief series of sermons by Pastor Karabo, preached during the 2020 calendar year, in the Psalms of Lament, talking about what it means to take our pain to God.

At Central Baptist Church, we are committed to the Bible as God’s inerrant and infallible word—our final authority for all matters of faith and practice.

We believe that the faithful preaching and teaching of the Bible is essential to growth in the Christian life.

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:1–2).

From Despair to Hope (Psalm 13:1–6)

Sin and Suffering (Psalm 38:1–22)

Vindicate Me (Psalm 26:1–12)

Rock of Ages (Psalm 31:1–24)

Praying for Retribution (Psalm 109:1–31)

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Am I Really a Christian? An Exposition of 1 John

An exposition of the New Testament epistle of 1 John, preached by Pastor Karabo during the 2020 calendar year, seeking to help answer the question, am I really a Christian?

At Central Baptist Church, we are committed to the Bible as God’s inerrant and infallible word—our final authority for all matters of faith and practice.

We believe that the faithful preaching and teaching of the Bible is essential to growth in the Christian life.

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:1–2).

Am I Really a Christian? (1 John 1:1)

The Word of Life (1 John 1:1–4)

Walk in the Light (1 John 1:5–2:2)

Something Old, Something New (1 John 2:3–11)

The Love God Hates (1 John 2:12–17)

Enduring to the End (1 John 2:18–27)

The True Children of God (1 John 2:28–3:10)

The Importance of Love (1 John 3:11–24)

A Call to Discernment (Part 1) (1 John 4:1–6)

A Call to Discernment (Part 2) (1 John 4:1–6)

The Love that Bleeds (1 John 4:7–5:4)

Who Will You Believe? (1 John 5:5–12)

That You May Know (1 John 5:13–21)

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Encountering Jesus

A brief series of sermons considering encounters of various Gospel characters with Jesus and what they learned and teach us.

At Central Baptist Church, we are committed to the Bible as God’s inerrant and infallible word—our final authority for all matters of faith and practice.

We believe that the faithful preaching and teaching of the Bible is essential to growth in the Christian life.

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:1–2).

Jesus and Nicodemus: The Importance of being Born Again (John 3:1–16)

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman: Surprised by Joy (John 4:1–26)

Jesus and the Canaanite Woman: Persistent Faith (Matthew 15:21–28)

Jesus and the Garasene Demoniac: Free At Last (Mark 5:1–20)

Jesus and the Bleeding Woman: Desperate Faith (Luke 8:40–48)

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Building Together: An Exposition of Nehemiah

An exposition of the Old Testament book of Nehemiah, preached by Pastor Karabo, during the 2020 calendar year, considering what it means for Christians to build together.

At Central Baptist Church, we are committed to the Bible as God’s inerrant and infallible word—our final authority for all matters of faith and practice.

We believe that the faithful preaching and teaching of the Bible is essential to growth in the Christian life.

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:1–2).

Introducing Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1:1a)

A Heart for God’s People (Nehemiah 1:1–11)

A Servant’s Heart (Nehemiah 2:1–20)

Strength in Unity (Nehemiah 3:1–32)

Responding to Opposition (Nehemiah 4:1–23)

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Knowing God

A mini-series of sermons, preached during the 2020 calendar year, in which Pastor Karabo considers four truths about the character of God.

At Central Baptist Church, we are committed to the Bible as God’s inerrant and infallible word—our final authority for all matters of faith and practice.

We believe that the faithful preaching and teaching of the Bible is essential to growth in the Christian life.

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:1–2).

God’s Sovereignty (Daniel 4:34–35)

God’s Holiness (Exodus 15:11)

God’s Goodness (Psalm 107:1)

God’s Faithfulness (Exodus 34:6)

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Christmas Sermons

This series comprises various Christmas Day services preached over the years at Central Baptist Church.

At Central Baptist Church, we are committed to the Bible as God’s inerrant and infallible word—our final authority for all matters of faith and practice.

We believe that the faithful preaching and teaching of the Bible is essential to growth in the Christian life.

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:1–2).

The Joy of Christmas (Luke 2:10–11)

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Practical Christianity: An Exposition of James

This sermon series, preached by Pastor Karabo Msiza during the 2019 calendar year, presents an exposition of the New Testament epistle of James, considering what practical Christianity looks like.

At Central Baptist Church, we are committed to the Bible as God’s inerrant and infallible word—our final authority for all matters of faith and practice.

We believe that the faithful preaching and teaching of the Bible is essential to growth in the Christian life.

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:1–2).

Responding to Trials (Part 1) (James 1:2–4)

Responding to Trials (Part 2) (James 1:2–4)

Responding to Trials (Part 3) (James 1:2–4)

Wisdom for Trials (James 1:5–8)

Perspective for Trials (James 1:9–12)

The Christian and Temptation (James 1:13–18)

Response to God’s Word (James 1:19–25)

Authentic Christianity (James 1:26–27)

The Evil of Partiality (James 2:1–13)

Autopsy of a Dead Faith (James 2:14–20)

A Living Faith (James 2:21–26)

Taming the Tongue (James 3:1–12)

Two Kinds of Wisdom (James 3:13–18)

A Warning against Worldliness (James 4:1–6)

Overcoming Worldliness (James 4:7–12)

Planning God’s Way (James 4:13–17)

A Warning against Wealth (James 5:1–6)

Patience in Suffering (James 5:7–12)

Prayer of Faith (James 5:13–18)

The Dangers of Sin (James 5:19–20)