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Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Story I Thought I Knew, Part 1

Below is my  outline from the first message of a series on Mark that I am beginning this Sunday at Bethany Place. In case you are wondering about this, yes, the series title was influenced by Philip Yancey's excellent book, The Jesus I Never Knew. Though its been many years since i read the book, its still one of my favorites and I'm sure there may be indirect ways that it influenced my study of this passage. Also, I think that I first heard the description of the gospel as news rather than advice in Tim Keller's book, King's Cross. I would love to reference that book some in this study of Mark, but I can't seem to find my copy.

There is so much more for us to see and hear when it comes to knowing and loving Jesus. The most mature believer needs a fresh hearing of the gospel just as much as an unbeliever.

Advice vs. News
Mark 1:1-13

1. Focus your life on knowing and following Jesus 

Mark 1:1 (ESV) The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2. Recognize that we don't know as we ought to know 

Mark 1:2–6 (ESV)
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,
“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way,
the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’ ”
John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.
3. Adore and stand in awe of Jesus

Mark 1:7–8 (ESV) And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

4. Follow Jesus in submission and suffering

Mark 1:9–13 (ESV)
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.  

1 comment:

  1. This is wonderful to have the Bible text and the outline for the upcoming Sunday!