To Jerusalem (Mark 9-16)

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  1. The Transfiguration - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 9:2-13 - The Transfiguration was the divine confirmation of his status as Messiah and of the necessity for Jesus to suffer death before he received his revealed glory)
  2. The Disciples Stumped - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 9:14-29 - Unbelief hindered the ability of Jesus to heal and deliver some afflicted persons, not any lack of fasting or other ritualistic practices)
  3. The Meaning of Discipleship - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 9:30-37 - To the Messiah or his disciple means self-sacrificial service on behalf of the insignificant)
  4. Faithful and Unfaithful Disciples - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 9:38-50 - Disciples of Jesus must live in conscious service of others, especially of the weak. To abuse the weak is what it means for a disciple to become one whose “salt is salt-less")
  5. A Question about Divorce - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 10:1-16 - Opponents question Jesus about divorce in order to trap him. He, in turn, uses it to teach the higher ways of the Kingdom of God)
  6. The Young Rich Man - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 10:17-31 - To follow Jesus means to surrender one’s entire life, past, present, and future, and to walk wherever he leads)
  7. His Imminent Death - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 10:32-34 - Jesus was “on the way” to Jerusalem where he would suffer arrest, trial, and execution)
  8. Greatness in the Kingdom of God - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 10:35-45 - Jesus taught that to be a true member of the kingdom of God necessitates a life of self-sacrificial service to others, not power over them)
  9. Blind Bar-Timaeus "Saved" Along the "Way" - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 10:46-52Jesus restored the sight of a blind beggar while “on the way” to his death in the city of Jerusalem)
  10. The Triumphal Entrance - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 11:1-11 - The destination of Jesus at the end of his journey was the Temple. The events of his final week all centered on the Temple)
  1. A Barren Fig Tree and the Fruitless Temple - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 11:12-26 - The cursing of a barren fig tree by Jesus symbolized the coming destruction the Temple because of the fruitlessness of the nation)
  2. Confrontations in the Temple - {PDF Copy} - (Before his final departure from the Temple, several confrontations occurred between Jesus and the religious authorities – Mark 11:27-12:40)
  3. The Temple Setting of the Olivet Discourse - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 12:41-13:4 - Jesus gave his ‘Olivet Discourse’ after his final departure from the Temple)
  4. The Geographic Range of the Discourse - {PDF Copy} - (The ‘Olivet Discourse’ presents two key events linked to different geographic contexts – Regional and Global)
  5. Deceivers, Tumults, and Opposition - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 13:5-13 - The Olivet Discourse opens with warnings about coming deceivers who will deceive many with false expectations about the end of the age)
  6. "This Generation" in the Olivet Discourse - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 13:30-31 - Biblical usage of “this generation” consistently applies the phrase to the generation that was alive at the time it was uttered)
  7. The Flourishing Fig Tree - {PDF Copy} - (The parable of the budding fig tree pointed to the destruction of the Temple predicted by Jesus – Mark 13:28-29)
  8. Know the "Times and Seasons" - {PDF Copy} - (Did Jesus command us to know the signs and seasons that will signal his soon arrival?)
  1. The Identity of Jesus - Calvary - {PDF Copy} - (Only in his sacrificial death can the identity of Jesus and the nature of his messiahship be understood - Mark 15:29-39)
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