Mark IV: Fishers of Men - Mark 1:16-20

As we continue to lay foundations for understanding who Jesus was, we’re introduced to a new category in Mark 1:16-20. In the previous verses, we encountered Jesus as a prophet whose message we need to believe, and now we also hear a call to follow Him as disciples. We won’t fully understand discipleship until the end of the book, but we start to learn what it means as Jesus calls fishermen to join His work of fishing for men.So why did Jesus call fishermen? There are probably many reasons, but here are three: First, calling fishermen connects Jesus’ mission to…

Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by CJ Bowen

Mark III: Proclaiming the Gospel of God - Mark 1:14-15

Mark’s gospel answers the question: “Who is Jesus?” Mark tells us the answer right away, but then he spends the rest of the book showing us why it’s the only possible answer. He does this is by showing us what Jesus does: Jesus’ activity reveals Jesus’ identity. As we look at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, we see Jesus “proclaiming the gospel of God.” This means that in order to understand who Jesus is, we need to know what His gospel is.As we listen to Jesus’ preaching, we just might be surprised at what Mark calls “the gospel of God.”…

Posted on Thursday, February 08, 2018 by CJ Bowen

Mark II: Baptized and Tempted - Mark 1:9-13

The first thirteen verses of Mark’s gospel give us the essential background, main characters, and plot of the story of Jesus. This is the story of Israel’s royal Son, and that the plot is about bringing God’s people out of the wilderness of sin, through the Jordan of forgiveness, into the Promised Land of the new kingdom.In verses 9-13, we meet Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, the mighty one who will baptize with the Spirit. We are introduced to His great adversary Satan, who fights Jesus and His kingdom to the death, front and center here, and in…

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by CJ Bowen