Hello everyone! Beginning tomorrow (Sunday 21/2/21) I hope to take a close look at the Gospel according to Mark. This is the smallest and oldest of the gospel accounts, full of action and very challenging for us as it presents us time and time again with the question of who we believe Jesus to be and what we’re going to do in response.
Please join me on this journey and read along at home. Tomorrow I will preach on Mark 1:1-8, which you can read here:
“The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way’— ‘a voice of one calling in the wilderness, “Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.” ’ And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptised by him in the River Jordan. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt round his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: ‘After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptise you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’”
(Mark 1:1–8, NIV (Anglicised, 2011))
I encourage you to read the the whole Gospel of Mark, it should only take about an hour.
You may also find the excellent resources of the Bible Project helpful which you can find here: The Bible Project: Mark
Here is a video overview of Mark by the Bible Project.