Mark 1:16-20 Jesus Calls Out

Mark 1:16-20 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. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 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. And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.

When we are saved, when we accept Jesus into our hearts and trust in Him and trust what he says, there are a ton of things that God did before we could even know who God is.

God knew you.

God loved you.

God created you.

God pursued you.

And God called you.

Just like the disciples here, Jesus Christ called them one by one, telling them to all, “Follow me.” Likewise, when we heard about God for the first time and when we heard about what Jesus did for those who trust and believe in Him, His Holy Spirit was calling out to each other hearts, saying, “Follow me.”.

When do you remember the first time you felt God calling you?

 

Series: I have made mentioned of our family devotions on the Internets and gotten a few requests for my notes. So that is what I am doing just that here. Every Wednesday as a regular weekly series, I will share my notes that I write in preparing for family devotions.

Mark 1:14-15 Jesus Is The Good News Pt. 2

Mark 1:14-15 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

1. Is the kingdom of God right here, right now?

What is the kingdom of God? Is it like a country like the United States—does it have a location? Does it include all of the earth, all of heaven and all of outer space?

Does it have a leader?

Who lives in the kingdom of God?

2. What does it mean to repent?

What does it mean to turn away from sin and turn towards God?

What does it mean to trust in God?

3. What is the gospel? Tell me some of the things you think the gospel of God is.

 

Series: I have made mentioned of our family devotions on the Internets and gotten a few requests for my notes. So that is what I am doing just that here. Every Wednesday as a regular weekly series, I will share my notes that I write in preparing for family devotions.

Mark 1:12-13 Jesus is Led by the Holy Spirit

Mark 1:12-13 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 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.

Was Jesus human?

Was Jesus the Son of God?

Did Jesus have in him, the Spirit of God?

Do we have the Spirit of God?

Are we sons and daughters of God?

Romans 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

Does God love his kids?

Does God love you?

Parents: After talking about the person and work of the Holy Spirit, now the opportunity presents itself to talk about “What does that mean to me?“, “What does it mean to have the Holy Spirit within my heart?” or “What does it look like to be led by the Spirit of God?“. If further discussion is needed, a great starting off point is Galatians 5:22-23 “The Fruit of the Spirit”.

Series: I have made mentioned of our family devotions on the Internets and gotten a few requests for my notes. So that is what I am doing just that here. Every Wednesday as a regular weekly series, I will share my notes that I write in preparing for family devotions.

Mark 1:9-11 God is Three in One Not Three

Mark 1:9-11 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 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. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

How many people were here with John? 

Jesus – was baptized by John
Holy Spirit – descending on him like a dove
Father – a voice came from heaven

Is Jesus God? Is the Father God? Is the Holy Spirit God? 

Yes

How many persons who are God? 

Three

How many God(s) are there?

One

If there are three people and just one God, how can all three persons be one God?

Parents: On the surface, the doctrine of the Trinity is the most confusing because we really don’t have anything on earth like it. I believe it was Augustine who said:

Three persons in this room does not have one will.  Triune God does have one will.

The best way I explained the Triune God to my kids is explaining how my wife and I try to have one will but we do so imperfectly. That is why my wife and I have to talk all the time especially when it comes to connecting, becoming one, parenting, and running the house. Mom and Dad have to do talk all the time and sometimes we are not perfect in having one will—even less so when it comes to do the Father’s will.

However, the Father, Son, and Spirit communicate perfectly, know perfectly, love perfectly, and therefore have one perfect will. They never have to argue, fight, or disagree. They can certainly discuss anything (and Father and Son do) but they all want the same thing and want the same way to get to that same thing. (This is most evident by the cross of Christ.)

What would it mean to be perfectly love each and perfect agree with one another? To have three persons with one mind, one heart and one will?

Series: I have made mentioned of our family devotions on the Internets and gotten a few requests for my notes. So that is what I am doing just that here. Every Wednesday as a regular weekly series, I will share my notes that I write in preparing for family devotions.

Mark 1:4-7 Jesus Baptizes With the Holy Spirit

Mark 1:4-7 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 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. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 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. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” 

What do you think John meant by “Christ will baptize you with the Holy Spirit”?

What does it mean if the Holy Spirit (Spirit of God) is in your heart and with you always?

Parents: I know I am assuming a lot when it comes to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, not knowing your religious background, upbringing or your church’s stance on the Holy Spirit. Parents, simply do a word search on the Spirit (as oppose to spirit, see Romans 8:16) and talk about this distinct person of the Holy Spirit. Emphasize, while we can’t see him (like the Father), he is fully God and does a real work in our hearts when we are saved to God.

Note: I originally posted this as Mark 1:4-11 and suddenly remembered that passage better serves as two distinct conversation: Who is the Holy Spirit (this post) and What is the Trinity? (next post). For posterity sake, I have taken the liberty of updating the old post, splitting into two, re-titling both and posting up. Sorry for the confusion. Enjoy. –Ed.

Series: I have made mentioned of our family devotions on the Internets and gotten a few requests for my notes. So that is what I am doing just that here. Every Wednesday as a regular weekly series, I will share my notes that I write in preparing for family devotions.

Mark 1:2-3 Jesus Will Be Here Soon

Mark 1:2-3 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,
“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way,
the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”

500 years before Jesus came as a little baby, the entire Old Testament spoke of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said it himself:

And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, Christ interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:27

Can you think of any place in the Old Testament that was similar to Jesus? What about David, Ruth, Solomon, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Isaiah?

Series: I have made mentioned of our family devotions on the Internets and gotten a few requests for my notes. So that is what I am doing just that here. Every Wednesday as a regular weekly series, I will share my notes that I write in preparing for family devotions.

Mark 1:1 Jesus is the Good News

Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Lets go through this grand introduction, idea by idea.

The beginning

Who wrote Mark?

Who is Mark
Mark is said to be the writer for Peter

What does Mark write about?
Mark testifies about Christ Jesus

Each of the Gospels tells a different perspective about Jesus:

Matthew – Jesus is King (Lion of Judah)
Mark – Jesus is Servant (The Ox)
Luke – Jesus is Man (The Human)
John – Jesus is God (The Eagle)

In Mark, we are going to talk about all that Jesus did (like a Servant, like a hard working ox) for us, in us, and through us for the glory of God.

of the gospel

What is the gospel?
Parents: This is the good news—that God has done everything to save His people to Himself forever. All we need to do is trust in Him, believe in Him and love Him and know that everything He does is for His glory and our joy. If God is not out for His glory, we are never free to have joy. But since He is for His glory and His name sake and not just for us, we have the fullness of the freedom to love, worship and trust in Him joyfully. The Bible is not a bunch of rules. The Bible is all about Jesus Christ. The Bible speaks on who exactly God is, what He has done and what He will do.

The question is: do you want in on the fun? Do you wanna come play and be in continuous awe, wonder, joy and love of His glory? Come on. Let’s go.

Jesus Christ

Parents: What we will see in Mark is basically little bitty tightly wounded passages that speak of all that God has done. Now, if you have read any part of the Old Testament, these little passages in Mark are merely the OT in bite size chicken nuggets, except they are much more tasty and actually good for you. In other words, you are going to see these little passages of “Jesus did this” and “Jesus did that” solidifying what God did in the OT.

Who is Jesus Christ?

Son of God

Parents: Ah what an audacious claim. In America, some of us were not blessed with good dads that love Jesus. Some of us got dads that were not so perfect and sometimes, there is a struggle not to compare God as Father in light of our earthly dads when in fact it should be the other way around. As we might struggle with that, the culture of the Middle East struggles with Jesus Christ as being the Son of God. That is highly offensive to them. How could Jesus Christ claim to be the Son of God. For Christ to be the Son of God is Christ declaring He is One with the Father.

I and the Father are one. John 10:30

Yet, as Athanasius (early church father) so boldly declare:

The Son of God became man so that men might become sons of God.

What does it mean to be a son of God? Are you an adopted son of God? Are you his precious child? Are you his little boy and his little girl?

If you believe and trust in Him, what He said, what His Son did, then yes, you are his little kid—forever.

Series: I have made mentioned of our family devotions on the Internets and gotten a few requests for my notes. So that is what I am doing just that here. Every Wednesday as a regular weekly series, I will share my notes that I write in preparing for family devotions.

Devotions in Mark: A Few Resources

Here just the very small list of resources on Mark that I have found most helpful.

The Bible – Should go without say. However, many times, many teachers, preachers, and small group leaders (myself included) will “cut straight to the chase” and engage the commentary instead of engaging the Word of God. Remember, the commentaries are not without error—they are the observations of the author. Slow down, pray, read, chew and meditate.

ESV Study Bible – Incredible resource. I use the online more than the actual book.

The Gospel of Mark (NICNT) by William L. Lane – Incredible thorough and wonderfully written, Dr. Lane walks the reader masterfully through not only the Gospel but the perspective of the writer Mark.

Calvin’s Commentary on the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) by John Calvin – I like to keep an old school commentary for better perspective. (Note: if you don’t find the exact passage in this commentary, just locate the commentary for the similar passages in Matthew and Luke.

Savior of the Suffering (Mark) at Internet Monk – I was looking for a cool Byzantine picture of St. Mark and ran into this very cool resource that lays out Mark, using the aforementioned Lane commentary as resource, for your studying pleasure.

Mark (St. Andrews Expositional Commentary) by R.C. Sproul – I got this for my birthday this year. As I reading from page 1, I am using this as a reference for where we were at. Excellently written and a real joy to read thus far.

Update:

  1. Added the book, Mark by R.C. Sproul

Devotions in Mark: An Introduction

I have the distinct privilege, honor, and joy of leading discussions for our small family of seven (soon to be eight) through family devotions starting with the Gospel of Mark.

I still remember our first night of devotions. I was a brand new stepdad and barely getting to know my four new bonus kids, whom I loved so much. I was quite nervous because I had no clue how my kids would receive God’s words. I prayed and God reminded me that He sends out His Word according to Isaiah 55:10-11. His Spirit through His Word gave me peace.

Now, it was time.

I would love to tell you that they were gentle, sweet, and quiet little angels who sat there, smiled, ate their peas, and then afterwards, broke out in a stunning rendition of the classic hymn, “The Solid Rock”.

Instead, when I announced what we were doing, it took our family a whole twenty minutes to get calmed down. The eye rolling. The sighing. The rejection. The adamant declarations of boredom. The gnashing of teeth. I wasn’t offended by the reaction but I did have to wait until they settled down.

Fortunately, my beautiful, sweet wife was able to get them settled down all with one simple statement, “This should have taken five minutes. But you made it twenty minutes.”

On that note, I bust out with Mark 1:1. From that little verse, we discuss some very basic concepts and ideas. We wrestle with the deep things of God. After the end of the devotion, one of my sons remarked, “That’s all? Man, I could have gone back to playing a long time ago!”

The next week, they all reminded each other, “Shhhh, guys! Remember, this will only take five minutes if we are quiet.”

The point of that is the old cliché: “There nothing to it but to do it.” Forget what your kids (or bonus kids) might think about you. You are charged to lead your house especially all things spiritually. There is no excuse. (We will get to that in a minute.)

I intentionally picked Mark’s Gospel to kick off our very first family devotion for two reasons. One, I tend to default teaching the Bible expositorily (explaining the text as you go through the Word) rather than topically. Two, Mark’s Gospel is the best book to show what Christ has done and I thought showing what Christ has done and more precisely, what Christ has done in us would be more tangible with the minds of our young kids.

I have made mentioned of our family devotions on the Internets and gotten a few requests for my notes. So that is what I am doing just that here. Starting next Wednesday as a regular weekly series, I will share my notes and discussion topics over Mark as well as some parent notes to help you out.

As for leading your family through devotions, don’t think of outright preaching and teaching. Instead, we want to generate discussion. Do not worry about being able to teach. Instead, pray, read the text and think of good questions to spark conversations. In my experience, our best devotions are always the ones that are driven to the finish by the kids and not by me. God through his Word provides the topics. Me? I simply read the Bible and ask the questions. (How easy is that?)

Questions or comments? Feel free to ask away.

Update: Instead of doing this in a weekly series, I will post them as they are ready to post so that no one has to wait for a week until the next one is posted.