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Journey through the Book of Mark
This series of Mark will take us to Easter Sunday. Of all four gospel books in the New Testament, Mark is probably the one that is least often studied. This account of the life of Jesus, originally written primarily to Gentile believers living in Rome in the middle of the first century AD, shows Him primarily as a suffering servant. We'll be presenting this over four mini-series.


…Beginnings in Galilee


January 27
Mark 2
In chapter 2, Mark demonstrates some basic principles for ministry as shown in the efforts of four friends, the words of Jesus regarding who he came to earth for and in the real pu­­rpose of the Sabbath.

February 3
Mark 3 & 4
Ministry is done most effectively when everyone is on board and unified. Jesus teaches that despite many differences, believers should be united in a spiritual family that is stronger than even our human family. And when united together, we stand firm to serve in ways that Satan himself cannot divide.   The Parable of the Sower. Jesus tells this story to demonstrate the faithfulness of ministry and the difficulty of reaping a bountiful harvest. The results do not dictate the faithful ministry of one who serves.

February 10
Mark 5
This chapter tells the story of three miraculous healings performed by Jesus. As much as they demonstrate Jesus’ great power over evil, disease and even death, they also demonstrate the differences between faith and doubt in us and its potential effects.

… Beyond Galilee

February 17
Mark 6
In chapter 6 Jesus demonstrates how he mobilized and ministered with his apostles to reach the masses. He sent them out with the same message he had been preaching but then he also ministered alongside them in performing one of his most popular miracles…the feeding of 5000 people with only five loaves and two fish. There is much for us to learn about ministering and reaching the masses

February 24
Mark 7
Jesus quotes a text from Isaiah 29 in reply to a question from the Jewish religious leaders. He delineates between commands of God and traditions of men. He speaks of honoring God in the way we live our lives, even when we are keeping traditions. Essentially, the heart and what comes out of it are the key to our honoring the Father in all we do.

March 3
Mark 8
Jesus rebukes’ the Pharisees and the current generation … (kind of like our current times) … for always requesting “a sign” of his divine power and authority. What he really rebukes is their unbelief. He now begins to speak of who He really is and of his impending death in much clearer language. Truly understanding who Jesus really is should lead to devotion unlike any other.


... Beyond Galilee

February 17

Mark 6

In chapter 6 Jesus demonstrates how he mobilized and ministered with his apostles to reach the masses. He sent them out with the same message he had been preaching but then he also ministered alongside them in performing one of his most popular miracles…the feeding of 5000 people with only five loaves and two fish. There is much for us to learn about ministering and reaching the masses.


February 24

Mark 7

Jesus quotes a text from Isaiah 29 in reply to a question from the Jewish religious leaders. He delineates between commands of God and traditions of men. He speaks of honoring God in the way we live our lives, even when we are keeping traditions. Essentially, the heart and what comes out of it are the key to our honoring the Father in all we do.

  

March 3

Mark 8

Jesus rebukes’ the Pharisees and the current generation…(kind of like our current times)…for always requesting “a sign” of his divine power and authority. What he really rebukes is their unbelief. He now begins to speak of who He really is and of his impending death in much clearer language. Truly understanding who Jesus really is should lead to devotion unlike any other.


 

 

... Toward Jerusalem

 

March 10

Mark 9

Chapter 9 begins with one of the most remarkable events of Jesus’ life on earth where his physical appearance is transformed in front of his closest apostles.  He goes on to teach us important spiritual truths about prayer, selflessness and sin when serving others. 


March 17

Mark 10

Jesus tells another of his famous parables, The Rich Young Man. In order for us to manage the things of this world well, we must have the next, eternal world in view. The same principle applies to the requests we make of Jesus.


March 24

Mark 11

Jesus enters Jerusalem with great enthusiasm and expectations. But after arriving he has harsh words for those who claim belief and allegiance to God, only to act in ways contrary to it. And he contrasts their behavior with one who truly believes.  

 


... Jesus’ Passion

 

March 31

Mark 12

As Jesus has arrived in the area of Jerusalem for the final week of his life, he now begins to speak more directly to his impending death and to the spiritual hypocrisy of religious leaders. The chapter concludes with a demonstration of true devotion by a poor widow. 


April 7

Mark 13

The 13thchapter of Mark is commonly referred to as the Olivet Discourse. Jesus gives signs to look for regarding the end of the age as well as instruction on actions to guide us to and through it.

 

April 14

Palm Sunday

Mark 14

It is the last week of his life on earth and Jesus experiences the weakness of his followers in multiple events – the response of his disciples to the anointing with oil by a woman in Bethany, his disciples’ failure to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane and Peter’s denials after the arrest. All of these demonstrate the contrast between the power of human temptation and the incredible grace of God. 

 

April 19

Good Friday

Mark 15

It is the last day of his life, but Jesus still serves. Though He is King, he serves because of the purpose of his mission and his great love for us.  He serves by not defending himself and by enduring the suffering of the crucifixion for us.


April 21

Easter

Mark 16

The resurrection. An ordinary day begins with ordinary routines of when a loved one has died. There is no hint of the unexpected. But Jesus is not there. He has risen! We need not fear when life throws the unexpected our way. He is risen, don’t be afraid, he goes ahead of us.