As you find solitude in your days, below is a simple way to grow in your abiding relationship with Jesus. Group's can use any daily study as a guide for when they meet.
What am I thankful for today?
What is overwhelming me right now?
How have I been able to take a simple step of obedience in Jesus since yesterday?
Who in my life am I intentionally walking with and praying for to discover the way of Jesus?
Spend some time in prayer for the Spirit of Jesus to open your mind and imagination to the Scripture and for those you are walking with to experience His grace.
Mark is a stripped back, simple account of Jesus' life. Notice the speed and simplicity of the writing, even in the first 20 verses. These first 20 verses give us the backdrop and set the tone for the entire gospel. We find Jesus participating in and being brought through situations that ultimately prepare him for his ministry. How is the Lord preparing you?
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, 3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” 4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."
16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.
+ WHAT experiences is Jesus participating in or brought though in the first 20 verses of Mark that prepare him?
In vs. 1-8, what do we learn about the purpose of John the Baptists ministry?
In vs. 9-11, What is Jesus doing? Why do you think this is important?
In vs. 12-13, Where does the Spirit drive Jesus?
In vs. 14-15- What does Jesus do immediately after his temptation?
In vs. 16-20- What is the last thing Jesus does in this section?
+ HOW is the Spirit of Jesus preparing you? How are you being invited to repent of sin and respond today with a simple step of obedience? (Ask this question in guy/girl breaks-outs for co-ed or larger Groups)
+ WHO could you share what you learned today with? (e.g., your family, a friend, co-worker or neighbor)