We are on a journey toward Easter. During this time of year, I love nothing more than diving in deep into the gospels. I love to spend time reading and learning more about the Savior who came on a rescue mission to save my soul. I want to know Him on a personal basis. I want to see Him for who He truly is- and not who we have made Him to be. This Easter season, I am going to journey through the book of Mark, and I hope you will journey with me.
Mark presents who Jesus is. We see Jesus as a servant- coming to minister to the world. The key verse of the book is Mark 10:45
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
That verse is the very essence of what we see Jesus do in the book of Mark.
The Author of the Book of Mark
I love that the author of the Book of Mark was John Mark. You find his story in the book of Acts. If you didn’t know, John Mark went on a missionary journey with Paul and Barnabas- but for whatever reason, he decided to return home, and not finish the mission. This frustrated Paul, and when they were working on a future ministry team, Paul didn’t want to take John Mark – but Barnabas wanted to give John Mark another try. This is what caused Paul and Barnabas to split ways.
I love that John Mark wrote this book because it shows that God is the God of second- and third and fourth- chances. John Mark was not a direct disciple of Jesus Christ. John Mark made mistakes. Yet, God used the words of John Mark to give us a look and an insight into the life of Christ that we would not have gotten from anyone else. We get to see Jesus as the Servant Leader that He was.
Our Purpose in Reading the Book of Mark
We are studying this book for so many reasons. Here are just a few:
- Jesus the Servant Leader- Jesus led by example in serving others. We have been called to serve as well. After Salvation, we are left on this planet to share the love of Christ with others. We are called to serve the local body. We are called to serve. Jesus gave us this example- and because of it, we should be willing to serve others. Our service to God is one of the ways that we show our love to Him.
- To Know Christ – so we can make Him known – Who Jesus is and the idea of spreading the gospel are two of the mega themes of the book of Mark. We need to know the Jesus we are sharing. The more we read scripture- especially the Gospels- the more we will learn about Jesus. It is our job to fulfill the Great Commission – and share the gospel.
- Scripture is given by God- All Scripture is given by God and it is all profitable for us! I think that makes reading the book of Mark a no-brainer!
Resources for The Book of Mark
The main resource you need for the Book of Mark is the Bible. Personally, I grew up on the King James Version, and still love to read it in that. However, if you are looking for a newer translation, I also love the Inductive Study Bible in English Standard Version. I like one with wide margins good for note taking!
I also enjoy getting the journals that go with each book.
I usually get a few questions about commentaries. Although I highly suggest just listening to what God is teaching you- the two commentaries I usually suggest are the John MacArthur Bible Commentary and the Warren Wiersbe “Be” Series
Also, you can find women studying God’s Word (and more!) each day in my Facebook Community that I run with my friend Bridget . You can also find me here on the blog at the end of the week and daily on Periscope – where I have live interaction with ladies as we study God’s Word together!
Series on the Book of Mark:
Below, you will find all the post on the series on the book of Mark. Each post has videos on them – so study away!
I hope you will join me as we follow Jesus toward the cross!
Worshiping With My Life,