Mark 1:14-20 Called

How is John’s declaration of the Kingdom of God and of repentance different to Jesus’  ? Not many of us experience the immediate and complete life change that Peter has when he begins following Jesus.  He is dragged out of his comfortable world and ends up confronting economic, social, political and spiritual  forces much bigger than him. He is invited to learn of a kingdom which has very different values to our own. Why would he accept the invitation ? Imagine that you are approached by Jesus to go on the road and give up your house, family, occupation for 3 years, with no promise of money or a career path ? What would it be difficult to give up…

Mark 1:9-13 Wetter

Mark 1: 9-13  (In which Jesus get’s baptised and and tempted). Start by discussing people’s experiences of being baptised or not. Where and where did you get baptised ? Who baptised you ? Why did you get baptised ? The Passage 9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” 12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by…

Mark 1:1-8 Can I have a witness

On the Way with Mark  Mark 1: 1-8  : Can I have a Witness? When artists like Grunewald paint John the Baptist, they usually take one hand and have him pointing at Jesus (hint : he’s the one pointing at Jesus). John is a witness who tells people “Don’t look at me, but look at Jesus”. Followers of Jesus have the same task. We can’t save people, but we can point at to the one who does. We might think it was easier for John the Baptist. After all he was so different, dressed in camel hair clothes (that would always be scratchy and uncomfortable), eating only locusts and wild honey. John was different. So what about us ? How…


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