Gospel of Mark

{BEGINNINGS}
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  1. Introduction to the Gospel of Mark - {PDF Copy} - (A brief overview of the history and structure of Mark's gospel account)
  2. The Commencement of the Good News of the Kingdom - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 1:1-3 - The announcement of the good news of the kingdom of God began following Christ's baptism in the River Jordan)
  3. John the Forerunner - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 1:4-8 - John the Baptist came in the spirit of Elijah to prepare the way for God's Messiah)
  4. Jesus, the Wilderness, and the Spirit - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 1:9-13 - Jesus is driven into the Wilderness by the Spirit; he succeeds where Israel failed)
  5. Arrest, Proclamation, Fulfillment - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 1:14-15 - The arrest of John the Baptist marked the beginning of the preaching ministry of Jesus)
{IN GALILEE - MARK 1-8}
  1. Four Fishermen Summoned - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 1:16-20 - Unlike the rabbis, Jesus called his disciples to give up everything to follow him)
  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} - (Mark 1:29-39 - Jesus demonstrated his messianic authority over disease)
  4. Jesus has Authority over Ritual Purity Issues  - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 1:40-45 - The touch of Jesus cleanses a leper from ritual uncleanness apart from the required Levitical rites)
  5. Authority to Forgive Sins - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 2:1-12 - The healings of Jesus demonstrated his authority to discharge sins)
  6. A Tax-Collector is Called - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 2:13-17 - Jesus called even society's most despised members to follow him)
  7. Authority over the Sabbath Day - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 2:23-3:6 - The Scribes and Pharisees objected to a healing on the Sabbath Day)
  8. Crowds Press and Demons Proclaim the Son of God - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 3:7-12 - Jesus silenced demons that declared him to be God's Son)
  9. The Twelve Apostles Appointed - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 3:13-21 - Jesus departs to a mountain to summon his twelve disciples)
  10. The Unpardonable Sin - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 3:22-35 - Jewish leaders from Jerusalem accuse Jesus of working with Satan)
  11. The Suffering Son of Man - {PDF Copy} - (The Son of Man, the Messiah of Israel is revealed in his sufferings and death)
  12. The Parable of the Sower - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 4:1-20 - The parable of the sower pictures the Son of Man sowing the “seed” of the gospel in the world where it grows largely unseen and in unexpected ways until the final harvest at the end of the age)
  13. Kingdom Parables - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 4:21-34 - Jesus taught several parables about the kingdom of God, its unexpected ways of expansion, and its status in the world)
  14. Jesus Calms the Sea - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 4:35-41 - Despite a tremendous miracle, the disciples continue to lack faith)
  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 understoodMark 4:41)
  16. The Demoniac - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 5:1-20 - Jesus, the mightier one, continues to bind the "strongman" as he overcomes powerful demonic forces)
  17. Jesus Restores Two Women to Wholeness - {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 the cost of discipleship)
  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 Added Human Traditions - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 7:1-23 - Jesus undermines the religious rationale for dietary restrictions. With the arrival of the Son of Man, old regulations and rituals begin to lose their relevance)
  22. Jesus and Food Purity Laws - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 7:1-23 - Christ's statement about eating food with unwashed hands anticipated the end of religious-based dietary restrictions)
  23. Spiritual Dullness, Sign Seeking, and Unbelief - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 8:1-21 - In three short stories, Mark highlights the unbelief behind the inability of the disciples and Christ’s opponents to perceive who he is)
  24. A Blind Man Healed on the Way - {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)
  25. Whosoever will follow Me - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 8:27-38 - The Son of Man cannot be known apart from his suffering for others)

{TO JERUSALEM - MARK 9-16}
  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 10:46-52 - Jesus 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)
{OLIVET DISCOURSE}
  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. Confrontation 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. The Abomination of Desolation - {PDF Copy} - (When disciples see the “abomination of desolation standing where it ought not,” they are to flee the vicinity of Jerusalem)
  7. "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)
  8. 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)
  9. Coming on the Clouds of Heaven - {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)
  10. Know the "Times and Seasons" - {PDF Copy} - (Did Jesus command us to know the signs and seasons that will signal his soon arrival?)
{HIS PASSION}
  1. Jesus and the Centurion - {PDF Copy} - (In Mark’s gospel, and only at his death did a Roman centurion who was present at his execution recognize who Jesus was  Mark 10:45)
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