God’s Kingdom at Hand

August 14, 2022 Speaker: Tim Rice Series: The Gospel of Mark

Passage: Mark 1:14-45

Memory Verse for the Week: Mark 1:35 & Psalm 84:5 (ESV)

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. … Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

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Intro: When did you last anticipate a big arrival?

How do significant events change our sense of meaning?

Why does it matter that Jesus did not ever offer any teaching, blessing, or promise without connecting it to Himself?

Unlike Rome or the Scribes & Pharisees, how does Jesus exercise His power?


1. Worship the LORD, God Almighty, for His sheer authority. Praise Him, Father, Son and Holy Spirit that as our Owner, He is entitled to all rights, and with all power to tell us how to live. 

2. How have you lived as if you are an authority unto yourself? Confess your pride and folly to Jesus, asking Him to forgive you and work in your heart that you would grow to love His will and acknowledge Him for who He is – God and King.

3. Give thanks to Jesus for how He came, not grabbing power, but giving it up and pouring it out upon His people who repent and believe Him. Thank Him for wielding His power in a way that meets our deepest needs.

4. Who do you know that distrusts people in authority? Or who do you know that misuses their authority? Pray for them, asking Jesus to show them the goodness of His rule and the intimate relationship into which He calls us.

5. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you insight into what it means to no longer view “Christianity” as the main thing but following “Christ.” Read Romans 11:36 and pray for wisdom in how to live out of, by, and unto Jesus.

Looking Back

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