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  • The Second Evangelist Devotional

    Mark 1:1

    Take some time today to skim Mark’s gospel and the outline of Jesus’ life that it tells. Pick one or two passages to consider more carefully and reflect on what they say about the Son of God and His mission. Pray that the Lord would bless your reading of this gospel over the coming year, and ask Him to use it to conform you to the image of Christ. Pray also that God would bless everyone who is studying Mark with us this year and that He would illumine the text for our edification. View Resource

  • The Voice in the Wilderness Devotional

    Mark 1:1–8

    As important as he was in God’s plan of salvation, John the Baptist was called not to exalt himself but to point to the Savior. That is our task today. As many have said, we are just “poor beggars telling other beggars where they can find bread.” Thus, we must continually point beyond ourselves to Christ, refusing to puff ourselves up but submitting wholly and eagerly to Him as the only Savior. In ourselves, we are nothing. Christ is everything. View Resource

  • The Fulfillment of Prophecy Devotional

    Mark 1:2–3

    Many believers neglect to study the Old Testament because they find it confusing or because they assume that it is less important to the Christian faith than the New Testament. As Mark’s gospel shows us, however, this is not the case. We cannot understand Jesus or His gospel without a proper grounding in the Old Testament Scriptures. Thus, it is important for us to read and study the whole counsel of God. Let us not neglect the study of either testament. View Resource

  • The Wilderness Preacher Devotional

    Mark 1:4–6

    Jesus’ message to the Jews, and by extension to all people, is the same as John’s: Men and women can have a place in God’s kingdom only if they repent of their sins and turn to the Lord alone for salvation (Mark 1:14–15). We cannot rely on our church membership, our history of Christian service, or the faith of our parents in order to be saved. Instead, we will be redeemed only if we turn from our sin and place our faith in Christ alone for salvation. View Resource

  • The Forerunner’s Message Devotional

    Mark 1:7–8

    The contrast between John’s water baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit also points to the fact that water baptism is insufficient if it is merely an outward rite that is not accompanied by true faith. What really matters is Spirit baptism—not a second blessing of the Holy Spirit after a first baptism in water but the sovereign work of the Spirit in changing our hearts and granting us faith. That is the only kind of baptism that will save. Have you received it? View Resource

  • Early Denial’s of Christ’s Deity Devotional

    Mark 1:9–11

    We should be on guard against false teaching in the church, but we should also recognize that many people hold to false teaching out of ignorance of Scripture and church history and not because they really want to be heretics. We can help people who are affirming error to find the truth if we know Scripture and theology well, but if we never study such matters, we will be unable to recognize and correct error. View Resource

  • Jesus’ Baptism in the Jordan Devotional

    Mark 1:9–11

    Jesus not only died for us; He also lived for our sake. His death on the cross is meaningless without His perfect life of obedience that qualifies Him as the spotless Lamb of God and attains the righteousness for believers that we could never attain for ourselves. Jesus has done what we cannot do, so we can be confident of our salvation if we trust in Him. God the Father sees us in Christ, His Son who never failed, so He cannot cast us out of His kingdom if we receive and rest on Christ alone. View Resource

  • The Kingdom Inaugurated Devotional

    Mark 1:12–13

    In our justification, God the Father counts us as righteous in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21), which means that He reckons us as having fulfilled the demands given to Israel and to Adam (this is what Jesus did as our representative). We are now to go and proclaim the good news of this kingdom and the reign of our King to all nations. Who in your life needs to hear the gospel? Take the steps necessary to learn the gospel well so that you can share it with that person. View Resource

  • Tempted in the Wilderness Devotional

    Mark 1:12–13

    In his commentary Mark, Dr. R.C. Sproul notes how Jesus’ victory over temptation in the wilderness would have been particularly relevant to first-century Christians. They faced persecution and death for holding firm to their confession, and in Jesus they had an example of One who refused to worship any but the one true God even when He was promised the kingdoms of the world (Luke 4:5–8). This same Jesus will give us strength to persevere in faith if we seek His face. View Resource

  • Jesus Preaches the Gospel Devotional

    Mark 1:14–15

    The gospel is not a message that “you can have your best life now”; that “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life”; or that you must “ask Jesus into your heart.” Some of these statements may be true if qualified properly, but none of them is the gospel. The gospel is Jesus Christ—who He is and what He has done. If we are not preaching that, we are not preaching the gospel. View Resource

  • Jesus Calls His First Disciples Devotional

    Mark 1:16–20

    God has called elders, teachers, and other Christian leaders to be fishers of men—to prepare men and women for judgment day by calling them to repentance and instructing them in biblical truth. However, while ordained church officers have a special role to play in this, the task of calling people to repentance and faith so that they can stand before God unafraid is given to all Christians to fulfill, insofar as they are able, wherever they are (Matt. 28:18–20). View Resource

  • Teaching with Authority Devotional

    Mark 1:21–22

    Jesus is often regarded as a good teacher, but as many Christian apologists have noted, we insult Christ if we view Him as merely a good teacher. Our Lord was not simply a wise moral philosopher; rather, He spoke with divine authority. What He says, therefore, must be believed. His Words are truth itself, and if we do not heed what He says, then we will find ourselves outside of His kingdom on the last day. View Resource

  • Casting out Demons Devotional

    Mark 1:23-28

    As Romans 8:19–21 indicates, the salvation that Jesus brings will encompass even the physical order. That cannot happen, however, until Christ deals with the evil powers that hold creation hostage. Jesus dealt the decisive blow of victory on the cross, and now He sets people free from the devil’s tyranny as the gospel goes forth. We are called to pray for this gospel to succeed wherever it goes that God’s elect will be freed to serve Him in gladness. View Resource

  • Healings in Capernaum Devotional

    Mark 1:29–34

    Several biblical texts show us God’s sovereignty in revealing Himself. Our Creator does not show Himself on demand; rather, He chooses to reveal Himself and His purposes when He sees fit. This happened during Jesus’ ministry when He would not let others speak of Him. It happens today, as God chooses when and where to reveal His salvation to His elect and call them to faith through His Word. God is wise in how He reveals Himself, so let us not demand that He act on our timetable. View Resource

  • The Purpose of Jesus’ Ministry Devotional

    Mark 1:35–39

    If Jesus, who is the Son of God incarnate, found it so necessary to pray, shouldn’t we also pray? Fellowship with the Lord in prayer is an absolute necessity if we will be sustained in life and ministry over the long haul. This is true whether we minister as pastors, in secular workplaces, or in our homes. View Resource