To Know Our Purpose Know The Father
The Cold War began at the end of the Second World War and lasted through to the early 1990’s. It was time of incredible tension between the world’s two great super-powers, the United States and the Soviet Union. It was competition for global dominance between the capitalist west and the communist east. It was time of propaganda, of amassing huge arsenals of weapons, and a time when nuclear annihilation seemed imminent. It was time when the world seemed black and white. When it was US vs. THEM and our purpose as a people and nation was clear. In 1961, at the height of the Cold War, President John F. Kennedy announced the goal of sending astronauts to the moon before the end of the decade. Kennedy’s bold challenge set the nation on a journey unlike any before in human history. President Kennedy had given the United States and her people a very clear goal and NASA had a very clear purpose. Put a man on the man before the USSR. Only eight years later in July of 1969 Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong walked on the moon making his famous pronouncement “that’s one small step for man one giant leap for mankind.” This was an absolutely incredible accomplishment that in the scope of human history was successfully completed in the blink of an eye. It would seem that people thrive and accomplish incredible things when they have a clear purpose or mission.
As we look at the Gospel of Mark it’s clear that Jesus knew his purpose – it was clear because he knew the Father. To know our purpose we need to know the Father. For the next few months I will be preaching a series on the Gospel of Mark at Ridgebury Church in Slate Hill NY. Why the Gospel of Mark? Of all the Gospels I find it to be the most accessible entry in the life and ministry of Jesus. We will be starting in the first chapter and working our way through chapter by chapter and we’ll see how far we get before my time at Ridgebury comes to a close in the end of January. Join us this week to hear the rest of the story on Mark 1.