My excitement is off the charts in anticipation of starting our study in the Gospel of Mark! I wanted to share a few things with you that I would love for God to graciously fulfill in us and our church, as we go through this amazing study
1.) That we would become more captivated by Jesus as we approach Him face to face, in this Gospel. My heart is that, as Jesus is portrayed as glorious in the pages of Mark, we would be irresistibly drawn to His majesty, authenticity, teachings, miracles, and compassion. May we see Him no less than who He really is: the Christ, the Son of God, the Suffering Servant, the Magnificent King, and the Exalted Savior - who lived, obeyed, died, rose again, and ascended for our salvation and His eternal praise.
2.) That we would appreciate the Gospel of Mark, in light of the Old Testament context that precedes it. Although written primarily to Gentiles, we need to see Jesus and His work in the context of Jewish prophetic anticipation and announcements. What we have in Mark is the continuation of the story begun in Genesis, and I want us to appreciate the significance and sweep of that story as it applies to our lives today.
3.) That we would deeply understand what it means to be a Christian, a disciple of Jesus. I pray we would not be causal onlookers, or followers in name only, but that we would be deeply impacted and empowered to a life-abandoning commitment to Christ in lives of worship and obedience.
4.) That we would be fueled and impassioned for gospel mission in the footsteps of Jesus. We are not only called to be disciples, but to make disciples. May we see people come to Christ through our faithful witness, as we are empowered by the Spirit to preach the gospel in a clear and compelling way.
Would you pray with me that God would accomplish these things and more as we commit to studying and applying His Word? I am looking forward to God’s grace being poured out in abundance upon us as we seek to make much of Christ, by the power of the Spirit, to the glory of the Father. Amen.
- Pastor David