Basic plan

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  • The focus of Mark's message is that Jesus is the Christ and Son of God
  • Jesus’ power to heal is evidence that he has God’s authority to forgive sins
  • Jesus teaches that:
    • those who do the will of God are part of his family
    • we should trust in God in difficult situations
    • it is our motives that determine what sort of people we are
    • following him means denying ourselves
    • riches are a danger
  • Jesus was crucified, died and rose again as predicted by the prophets
  • Despite constant opposition, the apostles preached first-century Christian beliefs to all who would listen
  • The first century believers were baptised when they believed in things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ
  • First-century believers were
    • scattered, taking their beliefs with them and sharing them with others
    • warned about false teachers, some of whom would come from within the church