Hearing God speak to you personally through the Bible

—Mark 1:1–20

  • Andrew Fountain – Sept 10, 2017

 
 
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Mark in a Month

  • To show you a method for daily Bible readings that you can try out for yourself
  • To encourage you to listen to God through the Bible
  • To help you get started with Mark
  • (Actually it’s slightly more than a month)

Regular Bible reading is a struggle for more Christians than would like to admit it

What goes wrong with Bible reading?

Two examples

  1. Ambitious plans
  2. Pre-packaged food

Purpose: communion with God

Principles

  1. Need for the Holy Spirit “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.” 1 Co 2:12
  2. The Spirit helps us understand
  3. Need to meditate on the Word (Psalm 1:2) – be mindfulness not mindlessness

Seven Steps

Matthew 5:13–16

Mark 1:1-20

Mark 1:1–20

Jesus comes preaching a new Kingdom

  1. Isaiah prophesied someone to prepare the way
  2. John preached repentance but pointed to someone greater and the coming of the Spirit
  3. Jesus was baptized, received the Spirit & the Father’s love
  4. The Spirit led Jesus into conflict
  5. Jesus preached the Kingdom
  6. He called fishermen to follow him

Mark 1:1–20 cont’d

  • Context: For centuries the world had been waiting for this moment
  • Message: Jesus is different. Does not compare with John B. If he called you, would you drop everything & follow him?
  • Me: I say “Yes, Lord!” —I drop everything and willingly give myself to you!