Date: January 28, 2024

Bible Text: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28 |

In the weeks after Epiphany we look at texts in the gospels that demonstrate the appearing (meaning of "Epiphany") of Jesus Christ, opening with his baptism by John the Baptizer, then the call of the first disciples, and then on into his early ministry. So this week we get the First Big Thing of Jesus' ministry according to Mark, which is Jesus teaching in the synagogue and casting out an unclean spirit that possessed a man. While this sort of thing is referred to in several places throughout the gospels and often almost offhandedly, setting it as Jesus' First Big Thing means that Mark wants us to really pay attention here. So we'll talk a little about authority, what it is and where it comes from and what it's for, and how Jesus manifests it. We'll also consider what the implications are for us as a community of faith, right down to what we eat and why.