This morning we begin a new series on the Gospel of Mark. We start by looking at the author and audience of the book, and then see why Mark deals first with the ministry of Christ’s forerunner, John the Baptist. There are at least two reasons:

  • The first is to offer some evidence that the One coming is the Son of God. 
  • The second is to highlight the importance of His message.

We see that John focused on the Law of God in his message, and of the need for repentance from sin - a message calculated to show his hearers their need of the Savior Who was coming.

We still need this work of the Law in our consciences as a preparatory step in our own salvation. We are challenged to examine ourselves and see whether we have been convicted of our sins, and to seek after the Lord for it if we have not.


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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