Teacher: Pastor Chet Lowe

Main Scriptures: Mark 1, Acts 12, Colossians 4, 1 Peter 5

  • An intro to the book of Mark
    • Mark wrote to the Gentile and the Roman
      • His audience didn’t know the Jewish law and history so he didn’t quote the Old Testament as many times as the other Gospel authors
      • He refrained from using “Christianese” and explained things in ways they could understand (Mark 3:17, 5:41 , 7:11, 15:34)
    • “Beginning” is both the name and mission of Jesus (Revelation 3:14, Revelation 21:5)
      • Mark knows we can ALL begin again based on his own experience
        • His full name was “John Mark”
          • He had been involved in the church and missions but had fallen away (Acts 12:12, 12:25, 13:5, 13:13)
          • He was restored in both ministry and relationship with Paul (Colossians 4:10-11, Philemon 24, 2 Timothy 4:11)
          • After being restored, he wrote the Gospel of Mark, was the first missionary in Alexandria and was martyred for Jesus
      • YOU can begin again (Lamentations 3:22-24, 2 Corinthians 5:17)
        • Our mistakes don’t need to define us–they can refine us (Ephesians 4:22-24)
        • In his Gospel, Mark shares about new beginnings by writing about
          • The John, the “son of thunder” being transformed into the “apostle of love”
          • Matthew the tax collector leaving his collection booth
          • The lame walking and the blind seeing
          • A woman with the issue of blood being healed
          • A 12-year-old girl being raised from the dead
      • OTHERS can begin again as well
        • Peter had shared the Gospel with Mark (1 Peter 5:13)
          • Peter himself had been restored after denying the Lord 3 times

Selah Memory Verse: Revelation 21:5 – “Behold I make all things new.”

Challenge to Change: Believe for others that they can begin again, and pray for that person this week.