MARK CHAPTER ONE
There is a question sheet to guide you -- and then a "cheat sheet" with the answers. May God bless your study.
MARK CHAPTER TWO
In this chapter Jesus responds to a number of challenges and questions about his ministry and the actions of his disciples. Fill in the blanks of these challenges:
MARK CHAPTER THREE
Jesus defied the expectations of the people of his day - the crowds, his enemies, and even his own earthly family. His knowledge and power amazed people. Through his Word Jesus continues to insist on being not who others want him to be, but the Savior from sin that he truly came to be. As you read chapter 3 give thanks that Jesus still has the power to amaze us with his power and love!
MARK CHAPTER FOUR
Mark has fewer of Jesus' parables than the other gospels, but this chapter contains several of them. According to Jesus himself, this is a way in which he could both reveal and conceal the truths of the kingdom. May we make the effort to understand the truths that Jesus wants his people to know!
MARK CHAPTER FIVE
The three miracles recorded in this chapter don't only show us Jesus' power, but they show us the unique needs and personalities of the people who were helped. Can we see ourselves in their stories?
A man who knew he desperately needed help
A woman who was too shy to ask for help
A man who seemed to be beyond all human help
MARK CHAPTER SIX
Jesus keeps working--even when faith in him is lacking
Several stories in this chapter mention or refer to the lack of faith that people had in Jesus. In addition the prophet John the Baptist who had pointed people to Jesus, was executed. Yet Jesus continued to carry out his calling perfectly and faithfully in spite of this.
MARK CHAPTER SEVEN
Jesus challenges Jew and Gentile expectations. Two of the 3 stories in this chapter show us Jesus challenging the expectations of those who spoke to him. Whether they were Jews relying on rabbinic traditions or a foreign woman begging for help, Jesus' words tested their faith--in order to lead them to deeper trust and understanding.
MARK CHAPTER EIGHT
In this chapter Jesus first predicted his death to his disciples. Although they were horrified, Jesus used this as the opportunity to teach and clarify what God's plan was all about--including his plan for our own earthly lives.
MARK CHAPTER NINE
The lives we live for Jesus are glorious not because of ourselves but because we are living for him. In this chapter we see Jesus showing his glory and teaching us about where and how we can find true glory in our lives, through humble service to one another.
Mark Chapter Ten
In this chapter Jesus clarifies what it means to be his follower. He addresses issues of marriage, wealth, ambition and human pride. In each case he shows us that following him will mean living by very different standards than the world offers--all motivated by his selfless sacrifice for us.
Mark Chapter Eleven
The final six of Mark's 16 chapters deal with the very last part of Jesus' redeeming work--his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, his suffering, death and resurrection.