Running With Mark 1

Day One – December 29, 2019


Read:. Mark 1:1-20 New Revised Standard Version


Merry Christmas and welcome to Running with Mark! Did you notice something different about how Mark’s Gospel begins? There are no shepherds, or angels or a manger. Mark just jumps right in with the incredibly bold statement:

“The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” Mark 1:1


He’s already giving us some big hints about what’s ahead.

1) Good News – the word Gospel means good news.

2) Jesus Christ – Christ comes from the Greek word Christos which means “anointed one” or “the chosen one.” Christ is really more of a title than a name.

3) Son of God – this is not just any person. He is the Son of God.


Mark will spend the rest of his Gospel showing us how Jesus is all of those things.


Most days of this series I will share some background on the Bible passage. For today, let’s begin with an introduction to The Gospel According to Mark by the Bible Project.

Click on the link to view this 5 minute video.


Prayer Focus:

As you begin this practice of daily reading and reflection of Scripture, ask God to open your mind and your heart.


Grace and peace,


Pastor Karen Bruins