The Essential Gospel - A Bible Study on Mark
8 Bible studies on Mark's Gospel.
William Barclay says of Mark's Gospel ''It would not be unfair to call Mark the essential gospel. We will do well to study with loving care the earliest gospel we possess, the gospel where we hear again the preaching of Peter himself.'
Mark’s Gospel is the nearest we have to a report of Jesus’ life, a biography based largely upon Peter’s recollection (affirmed by the second century writer Papias) and the first of the Gospels to be written. It is focussed more on what Jesus did than what he said.
Mark is not afraid to show the first disciples of Jesus to be anything but perfect, more often stumbling, weak, confused and spiritually half-blind. Maybe Mark uses their weakness to help us - they ask the questions that we might want to. He also shows us that God does not expect perfection from us!
For Christians, Mark’s Gospel being concise and easily read provides a good review of the nature and works of Jesus. For this reason it is an encouragement to believers as well as a good introduction for those who are seeking.
The Bible Studies follow the story through, with commentary and discussion questions, and are aimed particularly at those who do not have detailed knowledge of the Scriptures.
Sample study - download as a pdf
So who was Mark
Preparing the Way
The Galilean Ministry
The Northern Journey
The Journey to Jerusalem
The Jerusalem Ministry
The Final Days
Death and Resurrection
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