Mark 1: 1-8 Intro 1 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 ahead of You, Who will prepare Your way; 3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight.’” 4 John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. 6 John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist, and his diet was locusts and wild honey. 7 And he was preaching, and saying, “After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals. 8 I baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Mark 1: 1-8 Let’s talk about this who Mark was who wrote this true story about Jesus. We are pretty sure Mark’s mom was the lady who opened her home to Jesus and His disciples on the Passover just before he was arrested and crucified. He was a young man at that time–possible even a teenager. It is also possible that he was the young man who followed Jesus and the disciples to the garden where Jesus was arrested–Mark 14: 51-52 “51 A young man was following Him, wearing nothing but a linen sheet over his naked body; and they seized him. 52 But he pulled free of the linen sheet and escaped naked.” So he most likely knew Jesus and knew the disciples and grew up in a believing family. But then–don-ta-dantaaa He was going with the apostle Paul and his friend Barnabas to witness to the Gentiles, but he left the group. Acts 15: 36-39 “36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, called Mark, along with them also. 38 But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus.” Mark was young and had some issues which Paul did not need to deal with, but Barnabas was in a position to help him and he did. Lesson–there are sometimes in our lives when we need to back off from someone and let another work with them. Later in Paul’s ministry here is what he said about Mark–2 Timothy 4–like Paul’s very last good and his last words!!! 11 Only Luke is with me. Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service.” Total restoration of the relationship!!! Application—we may have those who are close to us but our relationship has gone bad—but it is never to late to seek the Lord to restore and heal what has gone wrong!!! And then Mark went on to be Peter’s friend and to write this amazing true book about our Lord Jesus!!! What happened to Mark–how did he die? We have it on tradition and very good tradition that Mark went to Egypt and if fact throughout the ages the Egyptian christians have said that Mark came and brought Christianity there. there are signs around that Mark visited certain places, but in the persecution which came with the Roman Emperor Nero-a really, really, really bad guy–it is believed that Mark was martyred for the faith but being dragged to death perhaps by horses around AD 68. So we will begin with Mark 1: 1-8 next week!!!

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Gospel presentation

The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself. He reveals Himself as Creator of the heavens and the earth and of everything that exists. Genesis 1 And because He is Creator, everything belongs to Him. He is “holy, holy, holy” Isaiah 6: 1-6 and Revelation 4: 8 meaning He is different from us. He is righteous and pure and morally perfect unlike human beings who are sinful. He is perfectly just and true and “full of grace and truth” John 1: 14 He is good and upright. see Psalm 25:8. “God is love” 1 John4: 15. He is merciful and kind, slow to anger, compassionate. see Psalm 145: 8 He loves what is good and He hates what is evil so He must punish sin. “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness.” 1 John 1: 5 “God cannot lie.” Titus 1: 2 so He keeps His promises –everyone of them perfectly. “God is faithful” 1 Corinthians 1: 9 Since God is eternal and infinite and we will never know everything about God, but the above gives an idea of who He has revealed Himself in Scripture. His holiness infuses all His characteristics.
So who are we? We are created in His image and likeness. See Genesis 1: 21-26 We rebelled against Him and sin entered in . Genesis 3 “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3: 23 “All our righteoous deeds are as filthy rags.” Isaiah 64: 6 Our sin has separated us from God and there is nothing we can to to repair the broken relationship. “You are dead in your trespasses and sins” Ephesians 2: 1 Dead men can do nothing. We are hopelessly and helplessly lost left on our own.
Because God is holy and just, He must punish sin. Because He is loving and full of grace, He made a plan to deal with our sin. Before the foundation of the word, the Triune God-God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit- made a plan to deal with our sin and to reconcile us back to Him. In Genesis 3 the Lord told Eve the serpent would bruise the heel of her Seed and her Seed would crush his head.
Two thousand years ago, “God became flesh and dwelt among us” John 1″ 14 As the man Jesus Christ, He came with the express purpose of living the perfect life we can never live and dying on the cross as our substitute being punished by God for our sins in order “to save His people from their sins.”  Matthew 1: 21.  “He who knew no sin became sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ.”  2 Corinthians 5: 21  God poured out His wrath against our sin on Jesus so that all who repent (turn from sin and turn to God) and place their faith and trust in Jesus will be reconciled back to Him.  At the moment of conversion we are born again (John 3: 1-8), our sins are forgiven and we are adopted into His family.  “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believed in His name.”   John 1: 12   We are “sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise”  Ephesians 1: 13 who begins to refine us and conform us to the image of Christ. “Repent and return,  so that our sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” Acts 3: 19  

       A holy God must punish sin so He punished His very own Son for guilty sinners–“God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5: 8   “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3: 16

       I would encourage you to open your Bible and begin reading the Gospel of John or Mark for example and ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you and move in your heart to bring you to faith and trust in Him.   He is a good God and will not turn anyone away who comes in genuine repentance and faith.  God bless you.


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Praise Him! Praise Him!

Praise Him! Praise Him!
Halleluia! Praise the Lord!
For He is good and He is gracious!
He is merciful and He is kind!
The Lord, the Everlasting One,
From eternity to eternity,
He is the one true God and
there is none like Him:
There are no gods before Him,
And none to come after.
He alone is God and
He alone is worthy!
Worthy is the Lord to be praised!
Worthy to be honored!
Worthy of all our love and adoration!
A King like no other,
Seated on His heavenly throne.
Sovereign over all His creation!
Lord and Master of heaven and earth,
The universe displays His glory,
The heavens declare His majesty,
The mountains and hills rejoice!
The fields cry out to Him!
All living creatures do His bidding,
And reside under His tender care.
And who is man formed of dust,
Created in His likeness and image,
Created for fellowship and to give Him glory!
But rebellious in his nature
And sinful in his flesh, lost, dead,
separated from his Maker;
Without hope, without life,
Walking the broad path of destruction,
Headed for the lake of fire!
And yet God in His lovingkindness
Looked down at mankind’s miserable estate,
And took pity on rebellious sinners
And had compassion on those who went astray.
In His mercy and grace,
He sent His Beloved Son;
The Word became flesh,
Very God of very God,
Taking on humanity
And entering into His own,
Not to condemn or punish or cast away,
But to bring salvation and life
to Adam’s helpless race.
Fully God and fully man,
Full of truth and grace;
Jesus, God’s Son, came to die
so that lost sinners might have life,
And have it abundantly!
What a God, what a Savior!
What an amazing sacrifice!
The perfect sinless One,
The pure spotless Lamb of God
Laying down His life on a cross;
Punished for the sins
of all who repent and trust;
Redeeming and reconciling lost sinners
by His shed blood,
Giving them new life,
Changing heart and soul
So that those who once walked in darkness
Now shine in the Light.
A perfect Savior, a perfect redeemer,
The lover of our souls,
making us like Him;
Putting to death the sinful flesh,
Making all things new.
Now we delight in Him,
Desiring to do His will
And not our own;
Taking us from glory to glory,
Blessing upon blessing,
Tendnermercies every day
Until He brings us safely home.
Praise Him! Praise Him!
All glory and majesty and power and dominion
to the Holy One of God!
Holy is the Father, worthy is the Lamb
Forever and ever and evermore!

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John 10

11 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

12 He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep.

14 I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, 15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

16 I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.

17 For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. 18 No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”

22 At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem; 23 it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon. 24 The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.”

25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me. 26 But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep.

27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?”

33 The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.”

39 Therefore they were seeking again to seize Him, and He eluded their grasp.

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Facts about Jesus–

Who is Jesus? The Son of God Matthew 2: 16-17

How was He conceived? Luke 1: 30-35

Why did He come? Matthew 1: 20-21

Who was His mother? Matthew 1: 20-21

Who was His earthly father? Matthew 1: 20-21

Who was His Father? Matthew 2: 16-17

Where was He born? Luke 2: 3-7

Who were His first visitors? Luke 2: 15-16

What happened just before Jesus began His public ministry? 2 things
Luke 3: 19 and Luke 4: 1-14

What was His home town (not Bethlehem) Luke 2: 4

When He preached in His hometown, how was He received? Luke 4: 16, 28-30 Why do you think they had that response?

Did Jesus ever come out and say “I am God.”

How did He show the people He was God in the flesh who was sent by the Father? Luke 4: 40

Another example–John 10: 30-33

How did the religious leaders respond to Jesus’ teachings and healings and His love and compassion for the common, everyday people? John 11: 43-48, 53

What was Jesus’ message? Mark 1:14-15

Who can be forgiven and have eternal life? John 3: 16;
Romans 10: 9,13

The simple gospel message 1 Corinthians 15: 3-4

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A Remedy for Pain and Sorrow

So much pain,
So much sorrow,
So much suffering,
So much evil,
So much hatred,
Hatred man upon man,
So much discord,
So much name-calling,
So much vitriolic speech,
So many threats,
So many half-truths,
So many outright lies,
So many tears,
So many rejections,
So much self-righteousness,
So much self-centeredness,
So much selfishness,
So much my way or the highway,

And into such a world stepped the King of kings and the Lords of lords who had compassion on the masses because they were like sheep without a shepherd.
And He laid His glory aside and came as a humble servant not just willing to lay his life down but able to lay His life down as the command and instruction of His Father in heaven.

And He did just that on the cross as He shed His blood and died for the sins of His people and overcame all the aforementioned sorrows and evils, but came with a message of redemption and restoration and all who trust in Him can be assured that every tear will be wiped away and everlasting joy and peace will flow over them and all the perpetrators of all the evil, wicked deeds of their lifetime will be brought to perfect justice getting their just due for all the sin and unbelief and pain and sorrow they have perpetrated.

God is holy and just and the guilty will be brought to justice and for the repentant His mercy and grace and lovingkindness knows no bounds.

As believers our confidence and hope are in the Almighty God of all creation and His Son Jesus Christ and His substitutionary sacrifice on the cross and for all the guilty His judgment will be meted out with perfect justice.

“Repent and believe the gospel.” “Do i have pleasure in the death of the wicked,? declares the Lord, ‘rather that he should turn from his ways and live.” Ezekiel 18; 23 This is the heart of God and the heart of every believer.

Repent and believe and have forgiveness and eternal life!!!

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هناك إله قدوس وبار الذي خلق السماوات والأرض وما في داخلها، بما في ذلك البشر.  “كان جيدا جدا.” سفر التكوين 1: 31

تمرد الإنسان ضد الله يريد أن يكون مثله ودخلت الخطية في.  “الجميع أخطأوا وأعوزهم مجد الله.” رومية 3: 23  خطايانا تفصلنا عن الله وليس هناك شيء يمكننا القيام به حيال الدولة الخاطئة لدينا.يمكننا أن نفعل شيئا لتكون لارضاء الله قدوس وبار.  نحن بالضياع والعجز.

ولكن هذا الإله المقدس والصالحين هو أيضا المحب والرحيم  وقال انه يتطلع إلى أسفل مع الرأفة في حالة عجز لدينا.  وقال انه وسيلة للخطاة خسر ليتم التوفيق له.  في حبه العظيم لبلده، وأرسل ابنه الوحيد يسوع المسيح.  فعل في مكان الخطاة المفقودة، يسفك دمه على الصليب الروماني أن يغفر الخطايا.  جنبا إلى جنب مع غفران الخطايا التي نتلقاها أيضا الحياة الأبدية معه.  “هكذا أحب الله العالم حتى بذل إبنه المنجب فقط بحيث وهو مؤمن فلنحيينه لا يموت بل تكون له الحياة الأبدية. يوحنا 3: 16

كيف يمكن للمرء الحصول على هذه الهدية المجانية الغفران والحياة الأبدية؟   قال يسوع: “تاب وآمن بالإنجيل”.  مرقس 1: 15   تحويل من ذنبك والثقة في السيد المسيح وعمله النهائي على الصليب.  وسيتم استقبال كل من يعمل في أسرته، وغسلها نظيفة في دمه ويكون معه في الجنة.

There is a holy and righteous God who created heaven and earth and all within it, including human beings who are made in His likeness and image. “It was very good.” Genesis 1: 31

Mankind rebelled against God wanting to be like Him and sin entered in. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 Our sin separates us from God and there is nothing a sinful person can do to be pleasing to a holy and righteous God. We are lost and helpless.

But this holy and righteous God is also merciful and loving. He looked down with compassion at our helpless state and He made a way for lost sinners to be reconciled to Him. In His great love for His own, He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die in the place of lost sinners, shedding His blood on the cross for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3: 16

How does one receive His free gift of forgiveness of sins and eternal life? Jesus said, “Repent and believe the gospel.” Mark 1: 15 Turn from sin and trust in Jesus and His finished work on the cross. All who do will be received into His family, washed clean in His blood and spend eternity with Him in heaven.

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