New Series - The Gospel of Mark

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The Gospel of Mark

Today, we enter into what the historic church calendar calls, “Ordinary” season. This doesn’t mean we are in a “boring” or unimportant season but that we are in a season that challenges us to ask a new set of questions about our day to day lives in light of who Jesus is. What better way to enter into Ordinary then with the gospel of Mark.

The gospel of Mark is largely considered to be the first gospel written. All of the biblical books have a context, meaning they were written for a reason, and Mark’s gospel is not exception. Why did Mark wright?  At the beginning, Mark tells us that he’s writing to present the “good news of Jesus Christ—the Messiah!” (Mark 1:1).

Mark wants to tell us who Jesus is and what He’s up to in light of Old Testament hopes and expectations. For Mark, Jesus isn’t just a good teacher, the founder of a religion, or community organizer––He’s the messiah.  Meaning, Jesus’ is the promised one, the long awaited King of the universe who was supposed to restore the world.  

 Mark spends the first half of his book telling us who Jesus is and then spends the second half showing us how that work is being accomplished. And that’s where things get tricky. Israel hoped for a messiah who would overthrow Rome, conquer the world, and transform Israel into a “glorious” (as the world defines it) nation. But instead, Jesus suffered. He tells the disciples that greatness is measured by service. That he came to serve and not be serve. And most dramatically, that he came to offer up his life as a ransom.  Throughout Marks’ gospel we have to wrestle with the kind of messiah Jesus is and the false messiah’s we often worship.  

Why is it important for us to re-tell the story of Mark? First, because it’s the hope of the world. Mark is telling us the “gospel of Jesus Christ––the Messiah” the story that calls us into a new way of life rooted in our victorious, but upside down, King. Second, because this story can shape how we understand our bibles, our God, and the work that Jesus is up to in the world. Third, this story shapes us into Jesus’ people. If we want to know what it looks to heed Jesus’ call to go into all the world, we need to pay attention to the gospel of Mark.

Dates

June 16 – Mark 1

June 23 – Mark 2

June 30 – Mark 3

July 7 – Mark 4

July 14 – Mark 5

July 21 – Mark 6

July 28 – Mark 7

August 4 - Mark 8

August 11 – Mark 9

August 18 – Mark 10

August 25 – Mark 11

September 1 – Mark 12

September 8 – Mark 13

September 22 – Mark 14

September 29 – Mark 15 & 16

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