10 Mark 1:9-15 Purpose Bridge

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One of the challenges of Bible study is taking the text and making adequate application to life. We sometimes miss great lessons because we are not intentional in application. Going through the process of creating a purpose bridge is a great way to allow the Word to shape us by submitting to and participating in that process of growth.

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”grey” align=”align_center” style=”” border_width=”” el_width=””][vc_single_image image=”278″ style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”medium” title=”Purpose Bridge”][vc_separator color=”grey” align=”align_center” style=”” border_width=”” el_width=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The simple question relative to finding application is “So what?”

The “So what?” question applies to the Central Proposition of the Text (CPT). Episode 9 explains that, and here is what I came up with for that:¬†“The authenticity of Jesus was expressed in His baptism, in His temptations, and in His preaching.”

There are 3 steps to developing application:

  1. What does the text say?
  2. What am I supposed to believe or do based on that text?
  3. What will believing or doing that accomplish?

Why does it matter that Jesus’ authenticity was expressed? Authenticty is important in explaining influence. Consider the overall influence that Jesus has had on the world since His coming. That influence came because He genuinly expressed His true essence. That’s the power He had: His nature.

The book of Mark shows some of that nature.

The purpose I find in this passage relates to the feeling of awe and reverence that we should feel when we consider the text. He was authenticated by the Father and the Holy Spirit. His authenticity was expressed during His temptations. And, of course, His authenticty weas expressed in the message that Jesus preached.

We should be in awe of the nature of Jesus–because of who He is. That awe should also lead to action of some kind. This is the purpose I have determined for the text. It’s how I intend to apply it.

Listen to the discussion and see what you gain for applying this great Bible text. And let me know below. What do YOU think is the best way to apply this passage?

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