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The Gospel of Mark

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  2. 2. THEME<br />The theme of the Gospel of Mark is Christ, <br /> “the tireless servant of God and man”<br />
  3. 3. AUTHOR<br />John Mark, the son of Mary of Jerusalem (Acts 12:12) and one considered to be a convert of Peter, wrote the second Gospel which was called “Peter’s Gospel” by some ancient writers. <br />Ancient tradition certifies that he was a companion of Peter. <br />Relative of Barnabas ( Colossians 4:10)<br />
  4. 4. Mark also accompanied Barnabas and Saul on their first missionary journey.<br /> Because he turned back at Perga, he became the reason for the apostles parting company for their second journey.(Acts 13:13)<br />Barnabas was determined to give him a second chance and Mark became successful.<br />The Apostle Paul recognized this and spoke of him as being profitable (11 Timothy 4:11).<br />
  5. 5. 2Ti 4:11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. <br />
  6. 6. DATE<br /> Mark, the first Gospel to be written, was penned between 50 and 60 A.D.<br />
  7. 7. TO WHOM WRITTEN<br />It is evident from the book’s literary style that Mark wrote his Gospel primarily for Roman or Gentile readers. <br />Many Latin words, such as centurion and legion, are used and Jewish words and customs are explained.<br />
  8. 8. The book contains few references to the Old Testament.<br />The average Roman cared little for doctrine and teaching but a great deal for action. <br />Therefore Mark’s biography is filled with scenes of energy and movement. <br />In this Gospel, the deeds, not the words, of Jesus are emphasized: nineteen miracles are recorded, but only four parables are listed.<br />
  9. 9. COMMENTS<br />Undoubtedly, Mark represented the more accurate course and order of the incidents in the life of Jesus. <br />Mark’s writings, the simplest and shortest of the Gospels, are rich in detail ,dramatic, graphic, and animated in style. <br />
  10. 10. It was written not long after the terrible persecutions began under Nero.<br /> The Christians were subject to horrible punishments, and when the Gospel is read with the bloody catastrophe as a background, we see why Mark stressed the sufferings of Jesus and gave prominence to His passion.<br />
  11. 11. The order of the book is chronological, geographical and topical.<br />It contains the same basic matter as Matthew, though in a different arrangement<br />
  12. 12. CONTENTS<br />1. The Arrival and Identity of the Servant (1:1-11)<br /> Mark’s Gospel begins with the ministry of John and the baptism of Jesus.<br /> No mention is made of Jesus’ birth or infancy; neither is a genealogy given.<br />
  13. 13. 2. The Fidelity of the Servant (1:12-13)<br /> Mark 1:12, 13 record Jesus’ victory over Satan in the wilderness.<br />
  14. 14. 3. The Servant at Work (1:14-13:37)<br />As stated above, Mark pictured Jesus as a man of action.<br /><ul><li>In 1:14-20, He proclaimed His kingdom;
  15. 15. in 1:21-2:12, He performed His first works;
  16. 16. in 1:16-3:35, He enlisted subjects for His kingdom.
  17. 17. He explained His kingdom in 4:1-34,
  18. 18. and conquered nature, demons, disease, and death in 4:35-5:43.
  19. 19. He withstood the opposition of the people (6:1-6), Herod (6:14-29), and the scribes and Pharisees (7:1-23, 8:10-21).</li></li></ul><li>In 8:31-38 and 10:28-45, He taught His followers how victory was to be won in His kingdom-by suffering and death.<br /> And finally in Jerusalem, He claimed His right to the kingdom by His triumphal entry (11:1-11), <br />His cleansing of the Temple (1:15-19), <br />His defeat of those leaders who questioned His authority (11:27-12:44),<br />and His prophecy of His coming again in glory (13:1-37).<br />
  20. 20. 4. The Servant Obedient to Death (14:1-15:47)<br />Jesus Christ knew that He had one mission in life to provide salvation for mankind by becoming the sinless Lamb slain for man’s sin. <br />In chapter 14, He prepared for His death in the garden; He yielded to death in chapter 15.<br />
  21. 21. 5. The Risen and Glorified One Still a Servant (16:1-20)<br />The resurrection of Jesus proved that He conquered death. <br />He sent forth His followers to proclaim His triumph.<br />He arose! <br />Now the Servant still continues to serve as He works through us.<br />
  22. 22. FIRST OF ALL THE COMMANDMENTS<br /> MARK 12:28-31<br />
  23. 23. Mark 16:15-18<br />Mar 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. <br />Mar 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. <br />
  24. 24. Mar 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; <br />Mar 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. <br />
  25. 25. Summary<br />Shortest gospel<br />Most Miracles recorded : 19<br />8 Over disease<br />5 over nature<br />4 over demons<br />2 over death<br />