Following the Sign – 02-Aug-2020
Speaker – Daniel Dott
Reading – Mark 1:14-19
WHO IS THIS JESUS?
Jesus’ identity is one major theme of Mark’s Gospel; Jesus’ teaching about the kingdom of God is another one. The phrase “kingdom of God” is used 14 times in the Second Gospel.
Jesus started His public ministry “proclaiming the good news of God” (1:14). He proclaimed good news and He is the good news.
The content of Jesus’ gospel was that in Him “the kingdom of God has come
near” (v. 15). Many who heard Jesus preach misunderstood what kind of
kingdom He came to establish (John 18:36). Jesus didn’t come to establish a
political kingdom but to rule hearts and to change lives.
The foundational proclamation “Jesus is Lord” is a proclamation of Jesus’
Based on His authority, Jesus has the right to call for a response— “repent and believe.” The right response to Jesus’ kingdom message is not only to believe its truthfulness but to submit to the authority of the King. He is worthy!
Read Mark 1:14-20
- What questions or comments do you have about this passages that you would like to share with the group?
- What is the picture of Jesus that emerges in Mark’s telling of this story?
- Why do you think Simon and Andrew, James and John answered Jesus’ radical call? (1:16-20)
- How can we discern the call of God as an individual and as a church or group?