The Gospel Proclaimed

Pastor Matt Tarr

– Scripture: Mark 1:14-15

– Jesus’s first recorded words in the Gospel of Mark are a proclamation of the Gospel. This is the true gospel, and not one which much of American Evangelicalism readily identifies with, for it is a gospel of repentance of sin and surrender to the Lordship of Christ through faith that comes only by God’s immeasurable grace. Furthermore, it is a gospel for which Christ Himself, and indeed all who profess it, will suffer for. But it is the only gospel that gives life.

– Add. Ref.: Mark 1:35-38; 2 Tim. 4:2-4; Acts 2:38, 3:19, 8:22, 11:18, 17:30, 20:21, 26:20

A Trinitarian Testimony

Pastor Matt Tarr

– Scripture: Mark 1:9-13

– During Christ’s baptism there comes one of the strongest testimonies for Christ’s deity, and it comes directly from the Trinity. Christ also demonstrates His divine nature during His time of temptation in the wilderness, where He proves Himself as God through His obedience, despite weaknesses present in His humanity.

– Add. Ref.: Hebrews 4:15

The One has Come

Pastor Matt Tarr

– Scripture: Mark 1:9-11

– The first time Christ appears in Mark’s Gospel, it is for the occasion of His baptism. In the course of this event, two major Christian doctrines are highlighted through an exposition of the Text: The Doctrine of Imputation and the Doctrine of the Incarnation.

– Add. Ref.: Romans 10; Matthew 3:13-15

The One is Coming

Pastor Matt Tarr

– Scripture: Mark 1:2-8

– Every King has a herald who goes on ahead of them to announce the King’s pending arrival. Christ also had His own herald in the person of John the Baptizer, who Jesus called the greatest man born of a woman. Yet Christ also says the one who is least in the Lord’s Kingdom is greater than John, and it’s in this context that we find the true measure of greatness.

– Add. Ref.: Genesis 11:1-4; Matthew 11:11