“We find no rest for our weary bones unless we cling to the word of grace” (Martin Luther). You might have heard of grace – but do you really know what it is? And do you live it out? Galatians teaches that grace is essential to the gospel and to Christian living. In this first passage we start thinking about why it’s so important.
I’ve just published the second part of the Learn to read the Bible series on Mark’s Gospel. This week we are looking at Mark 1:14-20, the baptism of Jesus and his temptation in the wilderness.
For those who are coming to this new, the idea behind this series is not for me to simply explain everything to you, but rather to give you things to think about yourself. This is about training you to read the Bible for yourself, rather than just giving you all the answers!
You can read the passage online here (although I’d suggest it’s better in a physical Bible). You may also want to have a pen and paper handy to jot down notes and things you want to look into more.
Key Points from Mark 1:14-20
John is sent to prison. Why do you think that is? Is that a hint about what’s going to happen to Jesus? Have you seen Christians (maybe yourself) be treated badly?
Jesus announces the “good news” – same as gospel. That is what the whole of the book is about. We need to pay careful attention to what he says.
You might find it helpful to look up the Kingdom of God to think about what it means.
Jesus’ message is repent and believe – if you don’t know what repentance means, look it up – it’s really important in the gospel!
Jesus calls his disciples to leave everything and follow him. What might it look like for us to follow Jesus?
Looking for more?
You can see the rest of the videos in this series on the this page. If you’d like a more focussed series teaching the Christian faith, check out the teaching programme.
You might also want to see the previous episode in the series on Mark 1:9-13.