BLOGGING THRU THE BIBLE: It’s Time to Begin the Book of Mark! {Intro and Resources for Mark 1-5}

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Mark Begins March 7th

Wohoo!!! It’s time to begin!!!  I am so excited to begin the Book of Mark with all of you!

The Book of Mark Overview

We are going to be on the move with Christ! The book of Mark was written to the church in Rome, to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. Mark takes a different approach than the other gospels, focusing more on what Jesus did and less on what he said.

Mark starts with John the Baptist in the wilderness and moves quickly into the baptism of Jesus, the temptation in the desert, the calling of the disciples, the public ministry of Jesus Christ and then to the climax of Christ on the cross and the resurrection of our Savior.

Mark shows Jesus in a way that connects us intimately with Him. We see Him as the suffering servant,  serving and eventually giving his life as the ultimate sacrifice, for our sins.

The Purpose: To present the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Author: John Mark. Mark was not one of the original 12 disciples but was the accompaniment of Paul and Barnabas in the book of Acts. (If you struggle with second chances, this is a beautiful display of how the Lord can use us! John Mark struggled in the book of Acts and yet God still used him to pen a book that we still read today! To God be the glory!)

Time Period: written between AD 55 and 65

Mark was probably the first gospel written and records more miracles than any of the others. All the other gospels combined, quote all but 31 verses of Mark.

Key Verse: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

Major Themes of the Book of Mark

Jesus as the Son of God: In the book of Mark, we see Jesus as God himself, come to earth. He is both fully God and fully man and his divinity is clearly seen in his power displayed through miracles.

Jesus as a Servant: Christ came to serve and the giving of His life was the ultimate act of service. With this example in mind, we also should serve God and others. Greatness in the kingdom of God comes through service.

Jesus as a Miracle Worker: Mark records more miracles than any other gospel and more miracles than sermons. Jesus didn’t just tell people who He was, He showed them.

The Spreading of the Gospel: Jesus gave the gospel first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles as well. Jesus challenges his disciples’ -and us- to go into all the world and preach the gospel. We need to reach out beyond our comfort zone and borders, to share the gospel everywhere!

The book of Mark is going to take us on a whirlwind trip back to the time of Christ. It is going to push us to live like Christ did. Be ready for action – and to take action! Be open to God moving in your life to serve others!

Here’s the  Printable Bible Bookmark

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Here is this week’s Bible Reading Plan:
WeekOneHere are this week’s Group Discussion Questions

Mark 1

Mark 2

Mark 3

Mark 4

Mark 5

{If you do not have a group, use these for a personal time of reflection or join us in the GMG UK Bible Study }:

GMG UK Bible Study Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/724894230988215/

The Verses of the Day:

I encourage you to choose which verse you’d like to memorize or meditate on.  The printable below includes all 5 verses of the day — for the entire week!  Print and cut them out and put them in the bathroom, kitchen, beside your bed and computer and use them for meditation throughout the week.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. – Joshua 1:8

Mark 1Mark 2Mark 3-35[1]Mark 4-40-41Mark 5-36 2

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Click HERE to print the Verses of the Day for Mark 1-5

Here’s the Free Printable Short eJournal for Mark

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{Free Printable} The Book of Mark Word Searches FOR KIDS!

Mark Word Searches for Kids

{Free Printable} The Book of Mark Verse of the Day Copywork FOR KIDS!

Mark Verses of the Day for Kids

The Journals are available at Amazon UK:

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Peace be with you all,

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