Witnessing Through The Book of Mark

Using Mark As A Witnessing Resource

Witnessing through the Gospel of Mark by Dave Hook The Gospel of Mark was written primarily with a Roman audience in mind. The Roman Empire was permeated with slaves and very interested in power and accomplishments. They wanted to see what a person could do and what he could get done. Mark, therefore, presents Jesus as the “Servant of the LORD” (Mark 10:45). A servant doesn’t need to have a lineage; therefore, the author skips right over the birth of Christ, and focuses in on Jesus’ miraculous power and miracles. The Greek adverb euthus, which is translated ‘straightway, immediately, forthwith, is used 42 times in the Book of Mark. This is more than all of the New Testament combined. This language conveys an atmosphere of urgency, speed, and accomplishments when reading; exactly what the author intended as he was being guided by the Holy Spirit. An outline of the Book of Mark can be seen as: The Introduction of the Servant (1:1-13) The Ministry of the Servant (1:14-5:43) The Opposition to the Servant (6:1-8:26) The Instruction of the Servant (8:27-10:52) The Presentation and Rejection of the Servant (11:1-12:44) The Prophecy of the Servant (13:1-37) The Passion of the Servant (14:1-2) The Resurrection of the Servant (16:1-20) Based on the premise of Salvation is needed; Salvation has been provided; Salvation must be accepted, let’s look at a few of the verses from this rich Book and find some nuggets to lead others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ…   Based on the premise of Salvation is needed; Salvation has been provided; Salvation must be accepted, let’s look at a few of the verses from this rich Book and find some nuggets to lead others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ… Salvation is needed: 1:15; And saying, the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. 9:43-48; And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: [44] Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. [45] And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: [46] Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. [47] And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: [48] Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.   Based on the premise of Salvation is needed; Salvation has been provided; Salvation must be accepted, let’s look at a few of the verses from this rich Book and find some nuggets to lead others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ… Salvation has been provided: 10:26-27; And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? [27] And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. Salvation must be accepted: 9:37; Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me. 10:15; Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. The 5 Keys to the Gospel of Mark – Summary:
  1. 1. Primarily written with a Roman audience in mind.
The Roman Empire was permeated with slaves and very interested in power and accomplishments. They wanted to see what a person could do and what he could get done. Mark, therefore, presents Jesus as the “Servant of the LORD” (Mark 10:45).
  1. 2. An outline of the Book of Mark can be seen as:
The Introduction of the Servant (1:1-13) The Ministry of the Servant (1:14-5:43) The Opposition to the Servant (6:1-8:26) The Instruction of the Servant (8:27-10:52) The Presentation and Rejection of the Servant (11:1-12:44) The Prophecy of the Servant (13:1-37) The Passion of the Servant (14:1-2) The Resurrection of the Servant (16:1-20)
  1. 3. Salvation is needed:
1:15; And saying, the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. 9:43-48; And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: [44] Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. [45] And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: [46] Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. [47] And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: [48] Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
  1. 4. Salvation has been provided:
10:26-27; And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? [27] And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
  1. 5. Salvation must be accepted:
9:37; Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me. 10:15; Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.