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Sent to Serve

Seeing Jesus in the Gospel of Mark

This gospel is unique because it emphasizes Jesus’ actions more than His teaching. It is simply written, moving quickly from one episode in the life of Christ to another. It does not begin with a genealogy as in Matthew, because Gentiles would not be interested in His lineage. After the introduction of Jesus at His baptism, Jesus began His public ministry in Galilee and called the first four of His twelve disciples. What follows is the record of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

Mark’s account is not just a collection of stories, but a narrative written to reveal that Jesus is the Messiah, not only for the Jews, but for the Gentiles as well. In a dynamic profession, the disciples, led by Peter, acknowledged their faith in Him (Mark 8:29-30), even though they failed to understand fully His Messiahship until after His resurrection. (S. Michael Houdmann)
Part  1: The Good News of Jesus Christ the Son of God (Mark 1:1-8)
Part 2: Kingdom Builders (Mark 1:14-20)
Part 3: Man-Made Rules vs. God's Plans (Mark 2:23-28)
Part 4: Jesus' Ministry Years (Mark 1:16--10:52)
Part 5: Who Is Jesus, Really? (Mark Chapters 2-4, et al.)
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