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God perfectly, without sin, while serving others by meeting their needs. This should be
our goal as we journey through life.
L I G H T S , C A M E R A , A C T I O N ! This is the spirit of our age—action,
fast-moving action. How fast can we go somewhere, how soon can we
get this job done, how can we keep things moving? People in today’s
fast-paced world should relate to the Gospel of Mark, which we might
also call the Gospel of Action.
Matthew, as we noted, wrote for the Jewish
What you will be
reading about
people, so he included a long family history,
listing Joseph’s ancestors back through King
1:1– 2:28
David to Abraham. But Mark wrote for Roman
Jesus begins his ministry
Christians, who were not interested in Jewish
genealogies. The Jewish expectation of the
Jesus begins to face
Messiah, the King, so dominant in the Prophets,
was not uppermost in Roman minds. They were
4:1- 41
The parable of the sower
people of action rather than doctrine or theoland other parables
ogy: They wanted to know, what did this Jesus
5:1– 9:50
do? What can this Jesus do for me? What can I
Jesus teaches and does
do for him?
many miracles
Mark is a book of miracles and action stories.
These were action stories that proved beyond a
Little children, a rich man,
doubt that though Jesus was a servant, he was
and a blind beggar
not a mere man. Only God’s Son could do mir11:1–12:44
acles such as these.
Jesus in Jerusalem
Mark is the shortest of the four Gospels. For the
13:1- 37
most part, it focuses on Jesus’ actions rather than
Jesus talks about the end
his teachings. Mark is a movie, a moving picture,
of the life of Jesus.
Mark is a Gospel for today’s practical world,
Jesus is betrayed, tried, and
a fast-moving, action-oriented society. In the
hectic lives that we lead, we find the servant
16:1- 20
Jesus rises from the dead
Jesus, as Mark portrays him, deeply involved in
and appears to his followers
our workaday world. Jesus is not merely a theologian’s savior and lord, he is a working person’s savior and lord. When it is
time to ponder, to reflect on Jesus’ teachings, doctrines, and parables, walk
with Matthew and Luke. But when it is time to get to work, walk with Mark.
The Gospel of Mark raises a key question: What must I do to serve the Savior
as he came to serve us? A good servant is one who faithfully does the will of
his master. The will of God is for us to obey him and serve others. Jesus obeyed
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Key verses in Mark
9:7 Then a cloud overshadowed
them, and a voice from the cloud
said, “This is my dearly loved Son.
2:17 “I have come to call not those
Listen to him.”
who think they are righteous, but
those who know they are sinners.” 9:35 He sat down, called the
twelve disciples over to him, and
4:41 “Who is this man?” they
said, “Whoever wants to be first
asked each other. “Even the wind
must take last place and be the
and waves obey him!”
servant of everyone else.”
5:34 And he said to her, “Daughter,
your faith has made you well. Go in 10:15 “I tell you the truth, anyone
who doesn’t receive the Kingdom
peace. Your suffering is over.”
of God like a child will never
6:34 Jesus saw the huge crowd as enter it.”
he stepped from the boat, and he
had compassion on them because 10:44 - 45 “Whoever wants to
be first among you must be the
they were like sheep without a
slave of everyone else. For even
shepherd. So he began teaching
them many things.
the Son of Man came not to be
1:1 This is the Good News about
Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.
John the Baptist Prepares the Way
This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.* It began 2 just as the
prophet Isaiah had written:
“Look, I am sending my messenger ahead
of you,
and he will prepare your way.*
He is a voice shouting in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming!
Clear the road for him!’*”
4 This messenger was John the Baptist. He was in
the wilderness and preached that people should
be baptized to show that they had repented of
their sins and turned to God to be forgiven. 5 All
of Judea, including all the people of Jerusalem, went out to see and hear John. And when
they confessed their sins, he baptized them in
the Jordan River. 6 His clothes were woven from
coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather belt
around his waist. For food he ate locusts and
wild honey.
7 John announced: “Someone is coming soon
who is greater than I am—so much greater that
I’m not even worthy to stoop down like a slave
and untie the straps of his sandals. 8 I baptize
you with* water, but he will baptize you with
the Holy Spirit!”
1:1 Some manuscripts do not include the Son of God. 1:2 Mal 3:1.
1:3 Isa 40:3 (Greek version). 1:8 Or in; also in 1:8b. 1:10 Or
toward him, or into him. 1:14 Some manuscripts read the Good
News of the Kingdom of God. 1:16 Simon is called “Peter” in
3:16 and thereafter.
served but to serve others and
to give his life as a ransom for
15:37-39 Then Jesus uttered
another loud cry and breathed
his last. And the curtain in the
sanctuary of the Temple was
torn in two, from top to bottom.
When the Roman officer who
stood facing him saw how
he had died, he exclaimed,
“This man truly was the Son
of God!”
16:6 But the angel said, “Don’t be
alarmed. You are looking for Jesus
of Nazareth, who was crucified.
He isn’t here! He is risen from the
The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus
9 One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River.
10 As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the
heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him* like a dove. 11 And a voice from
heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and
you bring me great joy.”
12 The Spirit then compelled Jesus to go into
the wilderness, 13 where he was tempted by Satan for forty days. He was out among the wild
animals, and angels took care of him.
14 Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus
went into Galilee, where he preached God’s
Good News.* 15 “The time promised by God has
come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of
God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the
Good News!”
The First Disciples
16 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore
of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon* and his
brother Andrew throwing a net into the water,
for they fished for a living. 17 Jesus called out to
them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you
how to fish for people!” 18 And they left their
nets at once and followed him.
19 A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat repairing
their nets. 20 He called them at once, and they
also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men.

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