READ: Mark 1:1-20
THINK: Before Jesus began His public ministry, John the baptist prepared the way and previewed the message. That message was simple: turn from your own way and turn toward God and His way. On your own, that transformation would be impossible. But the good news is that Jesus, God's son, made the way for you to have a personal relationship with God by giving His own life to pay the price for every wrong you've ever done. If you confess your wrongdoing and surrender your old life to Jesus, He will give you new and eternal life through the power of the Holy Spirit who wants to live in and through you.
RESPOND: In relation to God, what does it mean to repent? (See Mark 1:4 note.) What is the significance of water baptism in relation to repentance? How would Jesus baptize people compared to how John baptized them? (See 1:8 note.) What are some things we can learn about the nature and character of God from the events surrounding Jesus' baptism? (See 1:11 note.) How would you explain the concept of the "Trinity"? What is Jesus referring to when He speaks of "the kingdom of God"? (See 1:15 note.) What does Jesus mean when He tells His first disciples that He will make them "fishers of men"? (See 1:17 note.) What can we learn from how Jesus' first disciples responded to His call (vv. 18, 20)?
PRAY: Give Jesus thanks for allowing you to be part of His kingdom. Pray that His authority, power and purposes will be at work through your life and that He uses you to bring others into His eternal kingdom.
ACT: If there is anything in your life for which you need to repent, confess it to God and ask for His help in making a complete change. If you sense God asking you to do something, don't hesitate to act, respond to His call immediately, like His first followers.
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