Mark 1-8


The voice of one crying in the wilderness, make ready the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”


INTRODUCTION – BACKGROUND

Introduction to the Gospel of Mark – (A brief overview of the Gospel of Mark, its contents, background, and literary structure)

The Son of God in the Gospel of Mark – (Mark presents a Messiah that cannot be understood apart from his self-sacrificial death)

The Identity of Jesus – Calvary – (Mark 15:47The Messiah of Israel cannot be understood apart from his sacrificial death)


The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. repent and believe the gospel.”


CHAPTERS 1 – 8

Commencement of the Gospel – (In the ministry of Jesus, the kingdom of God arrived, beginning with his baptism by John the Baptist)

John, the Forerunner – (Mark 1:4-8 – John the Baptist came in the spirit of Elijah to prepare the way for God’s Messiah)

Jesus, the Spirit, and the Wilderness – (Mark 1:9-13After his baptism, the Spirit “drove” Jesus into the Wilderness)

Arrest and Fulfillment – (Mark 1:14-15The kingdom is not a distant reality waiting for the return of Jesus but something that began in Christ’s ministry)

Four Disciples Called – (The summons of Jesus to follow him necessitated total commitment from his disciples)

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Authority over Demons – (Jesus demonstrated his victory over Satan by driving his forces out of God’s children

Authority over Disease – (Social conventions and purity regulations did not prevent Jesus from ministering to the needs of others)

Tax Collector Summoned – (Forgiveness links the call of the tax collector to the preceding story)

Authority over the Sabbath – (By healing a man, Jesus demonstrated his authority even over the Sabbath)

Crowds Press, Demons Profess – (Demons began to declare Jesus to be the Son of God)

Twelve Apostles Appointed – (Jesus chose his Twelve Disciples from among a larger group of followers)

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Unpardonable Sin – (Mark 3:22-35 – A line is crossed when what God’s Spirit is doing in Jesus is attributed to Satan))

Parable of the Sower – (Jesus is sowing the “seed” of the gospel in the world where it grows unseen until the final harvest)

Kingdom Parables – (His parables taught how the Kingdom is progressing in the world in unexpected ways)

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Authority over Sea and Storm – (Jesus miraculously calmed a storm and the sea of Galilee)

Demonized Man Delivered – (Jesus delivered a demonized Gentile while traveling through hostile territory)

Two Women Restored – (Mark 5:21-43 – Jesus healed two women and restored both to states of ritual purity)

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Rejected in Nazareth – (Despite his deeds, his hometown rejected his ministry and took offense at his origins)

Cost of Discipleship – (To be a disciple means to take up one’s cross daily and to follow in his steps wherever they lead)

Miraculous Witness to Israel – (The Feeding of the 5,000, and he walks on water)

Added Traditions – (Jesus confronted the traditions added to the Law of Moses by the elders)

Spiritual Dullness (Mark highlight the unbelief behind the inability of others to perceive who he was)

Blind Man Saved – (A blind man’s eyes were opened, and he was saved as Jesus continued on the way)

Whosoever will Follow Me – (For a fleeting moment, the eyes of Peter were opened to “see” just who he was)

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Embracing the Cross – (To be the Messiah means suffering and death, and he summons his disciples to follow the same path)


If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”


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