August 04, 2010

Part 3, Mark's Gospel

Through the eyes of Mark we will see Christ in action.  This young man accompanied Barnabas and Paul in their first missionary journey (Acts 13).  According to many biblical historians much of his writing is based on Peters reports and first hand accounts. 

Mark tells us that Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. "The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"

Through the eyes of Mark we begin to see that the kingdom of God was not just something Jesus announced.  Jesus Himself is both the messenger and the message. 

The kingdom of God is literally bound up with the person and ministry of Jesus.
Mark's gospel rips back the curtain between two worlds and shows how the kingdom of God is both now a present reality and a future fulfillment (as seen in Part 2 when Jesus presents the kingdom to the Father).

Pursuing Christ isn't all about worship and praise. It involves intense, uncomfortable emotions as our understanding of the world is rocked, shaken and turned inside out.  Let's begin...


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