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Mark

THE GOSPEL OF ACTION

This action-packed gospel, written first of all the gospels, is like a modern day, fast-paced movie. Using the word ‘immediately’ forty-two times, Marks pulls the reader through the life and actions of Christ is such a way that you will feel exhausted by all Jesus accomplished in His three years of ministry. Mark shows Christ as the suffering servant that came to seek and save the lost, and you will fall in love with Jesus afresh as you go through this book.

 

PART ONE | PART TWO | part three

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Part One

THE BEGINNING OF THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT JESUS THE MESSIAH.

M 1:1

In this video, Katie introduces us to the Book of Mark. She explains who Mark is, who his intended audience is and what are the main themes we should look for as we read this book.

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GET READY THIS ONE’S ACTION PACKED!

Have you ever asked yourself why there are four gospels? If Jesus knew we’d want the details of His life later on, why didn’t He just get someone to write everything down as He went? Or, better yet, why didn’t Jesus write it Himself? I mean, what happens if the disciples didn’t say the right thing, or if they wrote it the wrong way?

I ask myself these questions all the time when I read the gospels. How trusting was Jesus to let someone else write His story, the story that will change the world, the story that will live on forever? Jesus trusted humans to write His story and we are so honoured to have these stories still today; stories that we can learn from, that we can adventure through.

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AN IMPULSION OF IMMEDIACY | RYAN KERRISON

German-born theologian Martin Kähler famously described Mark’s gospel as a ‘passion narrative with an extended introduction’*. After further analysis of John-Mark’s literary style, this statement proves true, particularly through the frequent usage of the word ‘eutheos’, variously rendered as ‘immediately’ or ‘straightaway’. As you read this gospel account, you’ll see this word no less than forty times! Along with eutheos, we have another frequently appearing word, the humble Greek word ‘kai’; this word functions as a device for action. This Deep Dive will explore some of the reasons behind the author’s literary techniques and arrangement choices.

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Part Two

FOR EVEN THE SON OF MAN DID NOT COME TO BE SERVED, BUT TO SERVE, AND TO GIVE HIS LIFE AS A RANSOM FOR MANY

M 10:45

In our second Snapshot Katie explains what is happening in the Church at Rome that caused Mark to write this 'good news'. It's the time of Nero, so let Katie show you what Mark says to encourage them in their faith to continue.


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DUDE, WHERE ARE YOUR CLOTHES?

I am amazed at how much the authors of the scriptures share about themselves, even funny stories that are quite revealing – literally! In the gospel of John, John shares his heart, cheekily calling himself ‘the beloved disciple’. He is only able to get away with that because it is the last book to be written, everyone else is dead so there is no-one alive to refute his claim! Mark was the first to write his ‘good news’ account and he puts a funny story in it that is easily missed and really quite exposing for all involved. Open up your Bible to Mark 14:51.


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MARCAN AGENDA | RYAN KERRISON

The Gospel of Mark’s being the shortest of the four gospel accounts in no way restricts what Mark gets up to with his narrative arrangement. Mark’s audience play a key role in understanding and unlocking the treasures within his strategic agenda – the Gentiles, predominantly in the city of Rome, had certain expectations of divine figures. The prevailing worldview was deistic (a detached Creator, a God who no longer intervenes with the universe), and so the contrast of a divine agent, God Himself, coming to Earth to act and be with His people says a lot about God. As outlined in last week’s Deep Dive, the critical factor when evaluating the substance or value of one’s life in Ancient Rome was actions. Hence, Mark fixates on the actions of Jesus, emphasising their efficacy and their immediacy over and against their verbal eloquence or religious pedigree.

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Part Three

HE SAID TO THEM,”GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO ALL CREATION.”

M 16:15

In our last Snapshot for Mark Katie explains some additional themes and things to notice as you finish reading this gospel account. Studying the themes of Son of God, authority and the secrecy of Jesus in the first eight chapters.


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WHO ARE YOU LISTENING TO THE CROWD OR JESUS?

The final thing I want to show you in the Gospel of Mark is a behind-the-scenes character who is actually quite a demanding, overbearing, annoying distraction throughout the book. But before I reveal the behind the scene character, let me ask you a question: who sets your identity? Your identity is who you are, your foundation, the very thing you stand on in life. If your identity is undefined or unfocused, your actions will follow. Let me give you an example. If your identity is set that you are worthless and unlovable, then you will act that way and even make decisions from that basis. So, let me ask you again, who sets your identity? Is your identity set by Facebook, Instagram, social media? Is your identity established by your upbringing, life experiences, your friends? Or is Jesus the One that tells you who you are?


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WHY DOES IT FEEL LIKE I’VE READ THIS ALL BEFORE? | NATHAN ROSS

If you’ve been following along with TYB over the past couple of years, or have personally read through the other gospels on your own, then you’ll surely think when going through the Book of Mark that you’ve read it all before. This is because Mark, along with the books of Matthew and Luke, make up the synoptic gospels. ‘Synoptic’ meaning ‘seen together,’ and are called so because they all share such similar material. John is the only gospel not included, as its content is so different to that found in these three.

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Dip into the Gospel of Mark

therefore I TELL YOU, WHATEVER YOU ASK FOR IN PRAYER, BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED IT, AND IT WILL BE YOURS

M 11:24