For the Christian, life can be a wilderness. Christians face the reality of trials on every hand. This is true of some more than others, to be sure. Nevertheless, we can all relate to the difficulties of life. But the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is precisely what empowers us to be fruitful in the midst of our foes and of our fears. Affliction can conjure up all sorts of fears and false realities that rob us of our joy. Mark's solution, it appears, is to remind us of God's cosmic salvific work of Christ.
Scripture References: Mark 1:1-8
An exposition of the Gospel of Mark by Doug Van Meter.
|Good News in a Bad News World (Mark 1:1–8)||Doug Van Meter||11 March 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Approved, and Proved (Mark 1:9–13)||Doug Van Meter||18 March 2018||Watch||Listen|
|The Gospel of the Kingdom (Mark 1:14–15)||Doug Van Meter||25 March 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Answer the Call (Mark 1:16–20)||Doug Van Meter||8 April 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Kingdom Authority (Mark 1:21–28)||Doug Van Meter||22 April 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Kingdom Authority (Part 2) (Mark 1:29–34)||Doug Van Meter||13 May 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Praying in the Wilderness (Mark 1:35–39)||Doug Van Meter||20 May 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Merciful Indignation (Mark 1:40–45)||Doug Van Meter||27 May 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Forgiveness (Mark 2:1–12)||Doug Van Meter||3 June 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Scandalous Salvation (Mark 2:13–17)||Doug Van Meter||10 June 2018||Watch||Listen|