After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.
“The time has come”, he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
— Mark 1:14-15

Last Sunday Pastor Eric Lee introduced John the Baptist to us in the opening words of Mark’s Gospel. He spoke about the challenging call to genuine repentance. He described Biblical repentance as: TURNING UNTO THE LORD by faith to receive the gift of forgiveness for one’s sins. We can never attain perfection, but we must humble ourselves, pursue holiness while trusting in God’s grace offered to us through Jesus Christ. We will read the next part of Mark’s Gospel this Sunday with a focus on believing the good news.

            As I took time to read through Mark’s Gospel, three key words stood out to me: REPENT – BELIEVE – FOLLOW. As we focus in on Jesus teachings in the upcoming weeks, I will seek to emphasize one of those themes each Sunday. The call to repentance – that is, a call to turning our lives away from ourselves and unto the Lord. The encouragement to believe in the mystery of faith – that there is a God who loves us just the way we are. Finally, the discipline of following the example Christ gave us.

            I pray that 2019 might be a year of spiritual growth in our lives and in our community of faith. May this spiritual turn around impact the communities we live in.

Blessings in the name of Jesus Christ,