Study on the gospel of Mark begins April 24

The gospel of Mark intrigues me. It’s the shortest of all the gospels, which is not all that surprising considering the number of times the word “immediately” (or “at once”) appears in the text. In keeping with this gospel’s theme, I’ll make this promotional piece brief. 

There aren’t any angels or shepherds in this account. There’s no baby Jesus, Magi, and Mary and Joseph are nowhere to be found. Instead, the author takes his readers on journey which begins in the wilderness. John the Baptist is the unlikely, unpolished, messenger who has come to prepare the way of the Lord.

Most scholars agree that Mark is the first account of the life of Jesus, and as such the other synoptic writers depend on him for a great deal of their content. The singular focus of the gospel of Mark is to demonstrate that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The gospel begins with this admission and culminates in this manner as well at the cross through the words of a Roman centurion.

We’ll be using study guides provided by Smyth and Helwys through the writing ministry of Brett and Carol Younger. These books are on sale in the church office for $7–it’s a good read and I hope you’ll be able to secure one for your use. Regardless, I look forward to being with our people on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in the Lower Auditorium–DC

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