Posted by: Pauline | September 9, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday September 16

Mark 1:1

Conditioned as we are to keeping religion and politics separate, the first verse of Mark sounds to us like a statement about religious matters, not politics. But Mark used a title, “son of God,” that was applied to the Roman emperor. The word translated “good news” or “gospel” was often used in a political context, such as about a victory in battle. Even the word “Messiah” or “Christ,” which meant “anointed one,” had been used in the past for the king of Israel.

Mark wasn’t calling for any kind of political rebellion. But the good news he proclaimed was about a victory by a power far greater than the emperor’s, a life-changing message that asserted Christ’s sovereignty over not only religion and politics but every sphere of life.

1 Cor. 15:1-7

The good news of Jesus’ victory over sin and death was so central to the Christian faith that before long, the word “gospel” became synonymous with that good news. But at the same time, some people were beginning to circulate variations on this message that differed in crucial ways from the gospel Paul had received and passed on, and he wants to be make sure people know and understand the true gospel.

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