Jesus Said...In The Gospel of Mark

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A Christian Education Program for Men Lasting 6 Weeks

Written and Presented


The Rev. Philip R. Taylor

Meets each week for 1 ½ hours (Day & Time TBD)


1. Listen to the voice of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark

2. Respond to the words of Jesus

3. Discover what Jesus is saying to us and to our community.


Phone: 919-325-0733 (H) or 800-681-9860 (W) or 919-773-9860 (C)


Mark is often considered the earliest gospel to have been written. If so, Mark is responsible for evolving a new type of literature, neither history nor biography but the imparting of the Good News (the Old English word is ‘Gospel’) of the reign of God in Jesus. It is the most compact gospel, concentrating not on Jesus’ teaching but on the mystery of his person, the gradual way in which the disciples reach an understanding of him that still remains hidden from the crowds. The paradox is that Jesus is acknowledged as Son of God by the Father and by evil spirits, and yet he is rejected by the leaders of the Jews and is even misunderstood by his own disciples. The gospel has been called a passion narrative with extended introduction; or it may be seen in two halves, the first being the revelation that Jesus is Messiah, the second—after the decisive turning–point at Caesarea Philippi (8:29)—being the revelation of his role of suffering. Mark shows that the rejection was an essential part of God’s plan, foretold in the Scriptures, and crowned by Jesus’ awesome resurrection.

• WEEK 1 – Introduction & Prelude Public Ministry 1:1–13 (1 ½ hours)

• WEEK 2 – The Galilean Ministry 1:14–7:23

• WEEK 3 – Journeys outside Galilee 7:24–10

• WEEK 4 – The Jerusalem Ministry 11–13

• WEEK 5 – Passion and Resurrection 14–16

• WEEK 6 – Review/Summary & Communion


• Housekeeping Information

• Introductions

• What is a gospel?

• Who wrote Mark?

• To whom was it written?

• When was it written?

• What is the purpose?

• How is it different than the other gospels?

THE GALILEAN MINISTRY – WEEK 2 – (Mark 1:14 – 7:23)

time is fulfilled…the kingdom of God is close…Repent, and believe – 1:15

Come after me…I will make you into fishers of people. – 1:17

Be quiet! Come out of him! – 1:25

Let us go elsewhere – 1:38

Be cleansed. – 1:41

tell no one anything – 1:44

your sins are forgiven. – 2:5

get up – 2:16

Follow me. – 2:14

I came to call not the upright – 2:17

New wine into fresh skins! – 2:22

The Sabbath was made for man – 2:27

Stretch out your hand. – 3:5

all human sins will be forgiven – 3:28

Here are my mother and my brothers. – 3:34


Listen! – 4:3

the worries of the world…come in to choke the word – 4:19

The standard you use will be used for you – 4:24

Let us cross over to the other side. – 4:35

Why are you so frightened? – 4:40

Go home to your people and tell them all – 5:19

My daughter…your faith has restored you to health – 5:34

Do not be afraid; only have faith. – 5:36

Talitha kum! – 5:41

Don’t take a spare tunic. – 6:9

rest for a while – 6:31

Give them something to eat yourselves. – 6:37

Courage! It’s me! Don’t be afraid. – 6:50

How rightly Isaiah prophesied about you hypocrites – 7:6

You put aside the commandment of God to observe human traditions. – 7:8

it is from within, from the heart, that evil intentions emerge – 7:21


The children should be fed first – 7:27

Ephphatha – 7:34

How many loaves have you? – 8:5

Why does this generation demand a sign? – 8:12

Why are you talking about having no bread? 8:17

Can you see anything? – 8:23

But you…who do you say I am? – 8:29

Get behind me, Satan! – 8:33

If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself…– 8:34


But I tell you that Elijah has come and they have treated him as they pleased – 9:13

Everything is possible for one who has faith. – 9:24

If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all. – 9:35

Anyone who welcomes a little child such as this in my name, welcomes me – 9:37

Anyone who is not against us is for us. – 9:40

anyone who is the downfall of one of these little ones…9:42

it is better for you to enter into life crippled, than to have two hands and go to hell – 9:43

anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child…10:15

Go and sell what you own and give the money to the poor…then come, follow me. – 10:21

for God everything is possible. – 10:27

Many who are first will be last, and the last, first. – 10:31

You do not know what you are asking. – 10:38

anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant – 10:43

What do you want me to do for you? – 10:51


Does not scripture say: My house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples? – 11:17

Have faith in God. – 11:22

when you stand in prayer, forgive whatever you have against anybody – 11:25

Nor will I tell you my authority for acting like this. – 11:33

Pay Caesar what belongs to Caesar—and God what belongs to God. – 12:17

He is God, not of the dead, but of the living. – 12:27

you must love the Lord your God with all your heart…– 12:30

You must love your neighbour as yourself. – 12:31

You are not far from the kingdom of God. – 12:34

Beware of the scribes who…walk about in long robes…– 12:38-39

this poor widow has put more in than all who have contributed to the treasury – 12:43

Not a single stone will be left on another; everything will be pulled down. – 13:2

Take care that no one deceives you. – 13:5

You will be universally hated on account of my name…– 13:13

as for that day or hour, nobody knows it – 13:32

Be on your guard; stay awake, because you never know when the time will come. – 13:33

you do not know when the master of the house is coming, evening, midnight…– 13:35

Stay awake! – 13:37


Leave her alone. Why are you upsetting her? – 14:6

one of you is about to betray me, one of you eating with me. – 14:17

Take it…this is my body. – 14:22

This is my blood, the blood of the covenant, poured out for many. – 14:24

You will all fall away – 14:27

Stay here while I pray. – 14:32

Wait here, and stay awake. – 14:34

Abba, Father!…For you everything is possible. Take this cup away from me. – 14:36

Am I a bandit…that you had to set out to capture me with swords and clubs? – 14:48

I am – 14:62

It is you who say it. – 15:2

Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani?…‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? – 15:34

Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh! – 15:37

Go out to the whole world; proclaim the gospel to all creation. – 16:15

Review/Summary & Communion – WEEK 6

Final session only lasts about 30 minutes.

Families come to the final session which can be followed by a pot luck meal.

Gather in the Lord's Name

Proclaim and Respond to the Word of God from the Gospel of Mark

Pray for the World and the Church

Pray for understanding and holy discernment of what Jesus is saying to us in Mark’s Gospel

Exchange the Peace

Prepare the Table

The Great Thanksgiving

Break the Bread

Share the Gifts of God

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