HIS STORY

{GOSPEL ACCOUNTS}

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{BEGINNINGS}
  1. Introduction to Mark - {PDF Copy} - (A brief overview of the history and structure of Mark's gospel account)
  2. Commencement of the Good News - {PDF Copy} - (In the ministry of Jesus, the kingdom of God arrived, beginning with his baptism by John the Baptist)
  3. Voice in the Wilderness - {PDF Copy} - (John arrived in Judea to prepare the way for the Messiah and herald the Good News of the Kingdom of God – Mark 1:4-8)
  4. THIS is My Son! - {PDF Copy} - (The Spirit of God and the divine voice from heaven confirmed the calling and identity of Jesus, the Messiah of Israel – Mark 1:9-11)
  5. Kingdom Herald - {PDF Copy} - (Victorious over the Devil and empowered by the Spirit, Jesus appeared in “Galilee of the Nations” proclaiming the Kingdom of God)
  6. Arrest and Fulfillment - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 1:14-15 - The arrest of John the Baptist marked the beginning of the preaching ministry of Jesus)
  7. Son of David - (Jesus is the son of David and heir to the Davidic throne, the beloved Son of God and ruler of the kings of the earth) - {PDF Copy}

{IN GALILEE}
  1. Four Fishermen Summoned - {PDF Copy} - (In Galilee, Jesus summoned four fishermen to leave their livelihoods to become his disciples – Mark 1:16-20)
  2. Authority over Demons - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 1:21-28 - As the Son of Man, even demons were subject to his authority)
  3. Authority over Disease - {PDF Copy} - (Neither social conventions nor purity regulations prevented Jesus from ministering to the physical needs of men and women)
  4. Authority over Ritual Purity  - {PDF Copy} - (The touch of Jesus cleansed a leper, and the forbidden contact did not render him “unclean”)
  5. Authority to Forgive Sins - {PDF Copy} - (The healing of the paralytic by Jesus demonstrated his authority to discharge sins)
  6. Tax-Collector Summoned - {PDF Copy} - (‘Forgiveness’ links the call of the tax collector to the preceding story, his authority to discharge sins – Mark 2:13-17)
  7. Authority over the Sabbath - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 2:23-3:6 - The Scribes and Pharisees objected to his healing of the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath Day)
  8. Crowds Press, Demons Confess - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 3:7-12 - Jesus silenced demons that professed him to be God's Son)
  9. Twelve Apostles Appointed - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 3:13-21 - Jesus departs to a mountain to summon his twelve disciples)
  10. Unpardonable Sin - {PDF Copy} - (A line is crossed when the activities of God’s Spirit in the words and deeds of Jesus are attributed to Satan – Mark 3:22-35)
  11. Suffering Son of Man - {PDF Copy} - (The Son of Man, the Messiah of Israel is revealed in his death on the Roman cross)
  12. The Sower - {PDF Copy} - (The Son of Man sows the seed of the gospel in the world where it grows into the kingdom of God until the end of the age)
  13. Kingdom Parables - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus taught several parables concerning God’s kingdom, its unexpected ways of expansion, and its status in the world)
  14. Authority over Sea and Storm - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 4:35-41 - Despite a tremendous miracle, the disciples continued to lack faith and did not recognize his identity)
  15. Who is this Man? - {PDF Copy} - (No one recognized who Jesus was except the demons cast out by him. Only in his sacrificial death is his identity be understood)
  16. Jesus and the Demoniac - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus delivered a demonized Gentile while traveling through hostile territory, demonstrating his vast authority over Satan)
  17. Two Women Restored - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 5:21-43 - Christ restores two afflicted women despite barriers raised by the Levitical purity codes)
  18. Rejected in Nazareth - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 6:1-6 - Jesus is rejected by his hometown despite his miracles and wise teaching)
  19. The Cost of Discipleship - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 6:7-30 - The execution of John the Baptist served as an example of what it means to follow Jesus and become his disciple)
  20. Miraculous Witness to Israel - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 6:31-56 - The feeding of the 5,000 provided Israel with a miraculous witness yet many Jews still rejected Jesus)
  21. Jesus Confronts Tradition - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus undermined the religious rationale for dietary restrictions. With the Messiah’s arrival, old rituals lost their relevance)
  22. Spiritual Dullness - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 8:1-21 - Mark highlights the unbelief behind the inability of the disciples and others to perceive who he was)
  23. Blind Man Saved - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 8:22-26 - A blind man’s eyes are opened and the man "saved" as Jesus continued on his "way" to Jerusalem)
  24. Whoever will follow Me - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 8:27-38 - The Son of Man cannot be known apart from his suffering for others)
  25. Embracing the Cross - {PDF Copy} - (To be the Messiah means suffering and death, and he summons his disciples to follow the same path)

{TO JERUSALEM}
  1. The Transfiguration - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 9:2-13 - The Transfiguration was the divine confirmation of his status as Messiah and Son of Man)
  2. Disciples Stumped by Unbelief - {PDF Copy} - (Unbelief hindered the ability of Jesus to heal some afflicted persons, not the 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 Saltless Disciples - {PDF Copy} - (Faithful disciples will receive great rewards, but those who harm their weaker brethren run the risk of being cast into Gehenna)
  5. Question about Divorce - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 10:1-16 - Opponents question Jesus about divorce to trap him, but he used it to teach the higher ways of the kingdom)
  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. True Greatness - {PDF Copy} - (His disciples are summoned to lives of self-sacrificial service to others, just as Jesus gave his life as the ransom price for many)
  9. Blind Bar-Timaeus Saved - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 10:46-52 - Jesus restored the sight of a blind beggar while “on the way” to his death in the city of Jerusalem)
  10. His Triumphal Arrival - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 11:1-11 - The destination of Jesus at the end of his journey was the Temple)

{ON OLIVET}
  1. Fruitless Temple - {PDF Copy} - (The cursing of the budding fig tree pointed to the destruction of the Temple)
  2. Judgment on the Temple - {PDF Copy} - (When he left the Temple for the last time, Jesus pronounced its coming desolation to his opponents)
  3. The Temple Setting - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus gave his final discourse following his final departure from the Jerusalem Temple – Mark 12:41-13:4)
  4. Geographic Range of the Discourse - {PDF Copy} - (The ‘Olivet Discourse’ presents two key events linked to different geographic contexts – Regional and Global)
  5. Deceivers and False Prophets - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus warns us of coming false prophets, deceivers who will mislead many and disseminate false information about the future)
  6. Repeated Warnings - {PDF Copy} - (On Olivet, Jesus reiterated key information that is necessary for his followers to avoid being misled by deceivers)
  7. The Sign - {PDF Copy} - (According to Jesus. the end will not come until this gospel of the kingdom of God is proclaimed to all nations)
  8. Abomination of Desolation - {PDF Copy} - (When disciples see the abomination of desolation standing where it ought not,” they must flee Jerusalem)
  9. "This Generation" - {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)
  10. The Budding 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)
  11. Coming on the Clouds - {PDF Copy} - (The whole earth will witness the Son of Man arriving on the clouds to gather his elect to himself – Mark 13:21-27)
  12. Knowing Times and Seasons - {PDF Copy} - (Did Jesus command us to know the signs and seasons that will signal his soon arrival?)
  13. Days of Noah - {PDF Copy} - (An analogy from the ancient past to illustrate the need to remain ever-ready for the sudden return of Jesus)


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