Our hope for the LivingItOut Bible Study is that it will be a resource for you to regularly engage with the Bible because engaging with the Bible is one of the foundational ways that we grow in how we are Knowing God. As we read Scripture and live it out in our daily lives, we grow in maturity and thus position ourselves to receive what God has planned for us.
As we begin this year, take a moment and listen to Lead Pastor Ben Snyder as he shares vision for this year’s LivingItOut and invites you to journey along with us through the New Testament.
This past weekend, we started a new series entitled, Living My Best Life. In week 1 of this series, Ben shared with us that FOCUS is often the GAP between VISION and CLARITY. While we all have vision for our life, many of us need clarity, and we can find it through focusing. One of the ways we do that is through reading scripture and applying it to our lives.
Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 1:1-28
In today’s reading, we will be starting the book of Mark. It is believed that this book was written by John Mark, an early follower of Jesus. He is first mentioned in the Bible as a son of Mary who hosted gatherings of early believers that came together to pray (Acts 12:12). Mark was also a companion of the Apostle Paul and Barnabas, and he traveled with them to share the good news of Jesus Christ (Acts 12:25, Acts 13:5). While his relationship with the Apostle Paul had its moments of frustration and difficulties (Acts 15:39), Mark was recognized as a faithful follower of Jesus and a valuable friend to Paul (2 Timothy 4:11).
In the Hohlman New Testament Commentary on the gospel of Mark, Dr. Rodney Cooper wrote that the words “Lights, Camera, Action,” which are used to begin the filming of a movie scene, are in essence what Mark is uttering as he begins Chapter 1 of Mark.
The stage has been set through years of history and prophecy, and we see John the Baptist preparing the way by shining a light on Jesus. Soon after that, we see action as Jesus begins his ministry. The book of Mark is fast paced and shorter than the other gospels. As you read through it, pay close attention to how Jesus loved others by serving them. Let his example lead you to be a servant to others in your life.
Which verse or verses stuck out to you from today’s reading?
What from today’s reading can you apply to your life starting today?
How did Jesus love and serve others in today’s reading?
Mark 1 describes how Jesus regularly sought solitude away from the crowds and his disciples to pray and thus connect with God. This gives us a wonderful example to follow for our current 21 Days of Prayer series, which starts today. Each day, we will suggest a prayer focus for you to pray about to connect you more closely with God.
21 Days of Prayer -Day 1
Prayer Focus: To Come Close to God (James 4:8)
Dear God, You have promised that if I draw near to You, You will draw near to me. I need more of Your presence today, and I am drawing near to You through prayer, worship, and reading Your Word. I open my heart to You and ask You to be near to me and change me to be more like You.
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