The Message of Jesus - Mark 1:14-15


We all have some degree of clutter in our lives, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual. What clutter do you have at your house or apartment? What kind of clutter do you have on your mind right now? What’s on your to-do list? How would you feel to have that clutter removed?

The Gospel of Mark presents us with an opportunity to discover the original Jesus. After the baptism of Jesus and his time in the wilderness being tempted by Satan, Jesus begins his ministry with his “stump speech” message declaring the arrival of the Kingdom of God and the need to repent and believe in the gospel.
Mark 1:14-15
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
  • What kind of spiritual clutter/confusion do we have in our faith?
  • If you are attracted to and irritated by Jesus, you’ve met the original Jesus. How are we both attracted and irritated by Jesus and his message? Why is this?
  • In the beginning, God said creation was very good, but since the fall, when suffering, death, and evil entered the world, it needs to be cleansed. How do we feel about God’s judgment?

  • If we know the original Jesus, this would transform how we love God, others, and ourselves. How would you describe the original Jesus? 
  • When God’s kingdom comes, God is going to cleanse the world of everything we’ve introduced that defiles it. Why is God’s judgment good, loving, and necessary?
  • How do we live a life of repentance and belief in the Gospel?

God is coming to cleanse the world of evil and we all need to repent and believe the Gospel. How can we present the original Jesus to our family, friends, and coworkers? Why is this good news?

Father God, we thank you for the Gospel. We thank you that even though we have all sinned and fallen short of your glory, you provided a way for us to be reconciled back to you in Jesus. We thank you that you are coming to cleanse the world and restore its original goodness. Thank you that Jesus made this possible. Amen.