The Journey Begins
January 3, 2021
Introduction to the Gospel of Mark
WHICH JESUS WILL YOU FOLLOW?
“Two hundred years ago, some scholars began to propose that the Gospels were oral traditions embellished with many legendary elements over the generations, and were not written down until more than one hundred years after the events of Jesus’s life.” Tim Keller
The world and different world religions present a conflicting message about Jesus. Can the Gospel of Mark be trusted to lead us on the journey of following the true Jesus together?
MARK | THE MAN & THE MESSAGE
- Mark was written in the mid-50’s, less than 30 years after the ministry of Jesus.
- We have 1,200 ancient manuscripts of the Gospel of Mark
- Compared to 230 manuscripts of Shakespeare
- Compared to 7 manuscripts of Plato’s work on Socrates
- John Mark was from a wealthy family living in Jerusalem and his mother hosted one of the first house churches in Jerusalem. Mark was most likely led to faith by Peter and he became his translator and secretary according to Papius in 120 AD.
- The Gospel of Mark is Peter’s eye-witness account as a disciple of Jesus.
- Breakdown of the Gospel
- 1:1 – 8:26 Who is Jesus?
- 8:27 – 10:50 Jesus, the Messiah
- 11:1 – 16:20 Jesus, the King
- Definition of a Disciple: Someone who worship Jesus through ongoing surrender, with obedience to God in everyday life by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Worships Jesus – Colossians 1:15-20
- Ongoing Surrender – Romans 12:1-2
- Obedience to God in Everyday Life – Matthew 28:18-20
- Power of the Holy Spirit – John 15:5
- Humbled Hearts | Inward transformation
- Faithful Hands | Outward Obedience
- How do you hope to be different at the end of this journey following Jesus together through the Gospel of Mark?
- Are you willing to surrender under the authority of God’s Word?
- Are you willing to respond in obedience to Jesus’ teaching?