Humility and Success: Is it Possible to Have Them Both? (Mark 1:1-8)

Tim Cain, May 6, 2017
Part of the Mark series, preached at a Saturday Evening service

We hear a lot about how to deal with our failures but seldom to we give enough attention to how we respond to success. As we begin our series in the book of Mark we encounter the most successful man Israel had seen in over 300 years. His name is John and in Mark 1 we consider the temptations that came with his success and how it is that he avoiding giving in to them. We will also consider how it is possible for us to respond to success with the same humility that John displayed.

Tags: Church, Failures, Gospel, Jesus, Kaleo, Mark, Success

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Mark 1:1-8

1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,

“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way,
the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”

John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (ESV)