This Sunday we begin our summer series on the Gospel of Mark that highlights Jesus as the Servant King. For centuries people have been trying to define Jesus. Mark opens his history of the life and ministry of Jesus in verse 1 with a declaration of truth: Jesus is the Son of God.
To say that any man is the Son of God is a grandiose statement and must be supported. So Mark immediately begins to give unmistakable testimony to the fact that his identification of Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God, is supportable.
Keep your eyes on the Servant King!
Know this: G_______ N________ (Mark 1:1-13)!
Seven witnesses testify:
Mark 1:1; 1 Peter 5:13
Mark 1:2-3; Malachi 3:1 and Isaiah 40:3
Mark 1:12; Psalm 2:7
Do this: R________ and B__________ (Mark 1:14-15)
So, what now (Mark 1:16-20)?
Main Idea: Jesus is God’s promised King so repent and believe in Him
When you talk with people at work, school or in your own family, what do they say about Jesus? How do they view him? What are common opinions you hear?
Read Mark 1:1-15. Who wrote this Gospel and what does he declare about Jesus? What do the words “Christ” and “Son of God” mean? Why is this good news? What is the theme of Mark’s Gospel (read Mark 10:45).
Pastor Randy pointed to seven witnesses to Jesus’ identity in Mark 1:1-13. Who are the seven and why are they significant? In verses 2-3, what do the quotes from the prophets (Malachi 3:1 and Isaiah 40:3) say about the “coming one”? What is the OT author’s main point in each case and how do they connect with what Mark is trying to say?
Read Mark 1:4-8. Why is John’s ministry so popular (1:4-5)? What does his clothing and diet say about him (1:6; read 2 Kings 1:8; Malachi 4:5-6)? Given his message (1:7-8) what type of person is the crowd expecting who is “mightier than I” (read Isaiah 32:15-20)?
What do you think the dove and voice (1:9-11) meant to Jesus as he came out of the water? What do the encounters with Satan and the wild animals reveal about Jesus’ identity?
What did Jesus mean when he said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (1:14)? If taken seriously, isn’t this command an unavoidable issue for every person? What from your life illustrates what it means to repent and believe? When did Jesus become more than just a teacher, history lesson, or “cuss word” to you?
Mark’s Gospel encourages us follow Christ even in the midst of suffering. Has God ever driven you into a “wilderness”? Are you in one now? Why do you think he has done this? How do you believe he wants you to respond?
Assignment: With your family or LIFE Group, memorize Mark 10:45. If you have time, read how Jesus revealed his authority in what follows (Mark 1:16-20). Simon, Andrew, James and John “immediately” left their nets to follow Jesus. What might Jesus be calling you to leave “immediately” in order to follow him more faithfully?
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