Mark 1:1 - 20(1)
Good Questions by Josh Hunt
These Questions Have Groups Talking
I did a whole sermon one time on one word. I did not think it was a particularly profound sermon. Certainly not one of my best sermons. Kind of boring. All about one word. But, judging from the feedback I received, it was one of the most helpful sermons I ever preached. The sermon was all about one word: beloved. Apparently the Father thought Jesus needed to be reminded from time to time (this isn't the only time God did this) that Jesus was the beloved. I need to be reminded as well, and I will bet you do too. The people you teach this weekend need to be reminded from time to time that they are God's beloved. If they walk into your class room feeling unloved by God and walk out feeling loved by God, you will have served them and God well.
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2. Mark 1:1-20
The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
 It is written in Isaiah the prophet:
"I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way"--
 "a voice of one calling in the desert,
'Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.' "
 And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.  John wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.  And this was his message: "After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.  I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.  As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.  And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
 At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert,  and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.  "The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"
 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.  "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."  At once they left their nets and followed him.
 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets.  Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
3. The question relates loosely to John "roughing it" in the wilderness. Mostly, the question just opens up a small window of our lives to one another.
4. You might 'preach a little' on the idea that sometimes God's calling for us to play a supporting role. We should be willing to joyfully do so.
5. Romans 8:9 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
6. Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.
7. James 1:13 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;
8. You might spend a few minutes declaring truth around the idea that we are the beloved. Most of us rarely tire of hearing it.
9. You might have the group say it several times.