Study of the 4 Gospels Part II, Bible Study 07/20/16


The Gospel of Mark

Synopsis of Bible Study 07/20/16

Delivered by Bishop Walker II

  1. Introduction of the Gospel of Mark
  2. Know that Mark is really the first gospel. The gospels are not listed in chronological order.
  3. Mark gives the earliest account of Jesus Christ.
  4. Mark focuses on bringing in the kingdom of God. It was another way of thinking and another way of doing the things of God.
  5. Mark’s account begins with the Ministry of Jesus. The other three gospels begin with Jesus’ birth.
  6. Mark starts with Jesus’ rebirth or in other words, his baptism.
  7. Once Jesus is baptized, he is driven into the wilderness, according to Mark’s account.
    1. Mathew gives detail of the wilderness, but Mark just mentions this.
  8. After the wilderness, Mark swiftly moves into His Ministry that begins in Galilee.
  9. From this place, amazing things happen.


  1. The Ministry of Jesus
    1. A Synopsis of the Teaching Ministry of Jesus
  2. John the Baptist was preaching repentance in the wilderness. Jesus expanded on this teaching and says repent, but he adds, “Know that Kingdom of God is at hand”.
  3. Mark 11: 15 (NKJV) says 15 So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. – Gods order is about to be established here in the scripture. Jesus is ushering in a new way of doing things.
  4. Jesus begins to rise in fame. People began to see him perform miracles. Jesus cast out unclean spirits, healed Peter’s mother-n-law, cleansed lepers, and afterwards, people started talking about it.
    1. Mark 1:45 Mark 1:45(NIV) 45 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.- Jesus could no longer enter the city without notice. His popularity begins to grow. There is a problem with popularity sometimes. When a crowd is getting larger and miracles happen, often the narrative gets lost.
  5. Jesus walked daily toward his purpose. He came to sacrifice his life, free us from sin, and take authority over the death and the grave.
    1. In Mark chapters 2 -5 we see the expansion of Jesus’ ministry. As his fame begins to grow, Jesus knew people would begin to want to know who he was.
    2. Mark 3:31-35(NIV) 31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” 33 “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. 34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”- Jesus is expanding something. He tears down walls. He brings forth another kingdom identity. He wanted them to understand that in the kingdom, your brother and sisters are those that do the will of the father. This is why even today, people refer to each other as “Brother John” or “Sister Jane”, in the church.
    3. The Call for Disciples
  6. After being tempted, Jesus teaches that God will do a new thing. In Mark 1:16-20 (NKJV) it says 16 And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.19 When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. 20 And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him. – Jesus first found disciples. He enlisted disciples. He is a stranger to them, but they were willing to leave what they were doing to follow him.
  7. There were two brothers in the ship with their father Zebedee. They left their fathers ship and he didn’t even protest. Just like this, when God calls you, we have to be willing to step out and the people that we are with should be willing to release us to what God called us to do.
  8. Jesus says he would change their nature. He found them fishing, He was going to keep them fishing, but he decided to take what they were doing and change it to bless God. He made them fishers of men.
  9. When Jesus gets popular, people start following Him.

III.           The Message of Jesus

  1. Jesus’ Rise to Fame
  2. Jesus healed the demon possessed man, the woman with the issue of blood, and Jairus’ daughter.
  3. Jesus gets off the boat and Jairus meets Him telling him that his daughter is sick and he got Jesus to follow him. The woman with the issue of blood was in the crowd on the way to Jairus’ house.
  4. Dr William Lain writes, “People come to Jesus, not because of his dignity and function, but merely because there a miracle worker is in their midst…” – In other words, they are really losing sight that he came for them. We can’t allow presents to make us loose focus of God’s presence. What good does it do for God to open your eyes from blindness and you still cannot see?
  5. Everywhere Jesus went, people begged him to heal them.
    1. Thing Jesus did.
      1. Feeding of the five thousand- He took what they had, multiplied it, and everyone was filled. If that wasn’t enough, they had some leftovers.
      2. Everything Jesus is doing from the time he first chose his disciples, is didactic. He was training them.
  • Jesus performed miracles in Chapter 5 and he fed the multitude in Chapter 6.
  1. In Mark 6: 45, Jesus tells them to go in boat to other side of the sea and he would go up on the mount to pray. A storm came and Jesus comes walking to them on the water. They are afraid and they thought He was a ghost.
  1. In Mark 6:50, Jesus tells them not to be afraid. It is miracle miracle, then a test. In other words, Jesus would show them something, show them something, and then test them. He wanted to see their preparedness. He wanted to know where they were.
  2. What is the test? They followed a stranger. Jesus taught the disciples and they saw every miracle. Now, he tells them to get in boat and go to other side, but when He comes in the storm, they don’t recognize him. It’s funny how we know who him when it is for somebody else, but when it is our storm, we get amnesia. Why don’t we know God and his power when we go through our own storm?
    1. Jesus was making them aware that they were fearful, because they have no faith.


  1. The Miracles of Jesus
  1. The healing s of Gennesaret
  2. Mark 6:52-53 (NKJV) says 52 For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened. 53 When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret and anchored there. 54 And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, 55 ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was. 56 Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well. – In the storm, those closest to Jesus didn’t recognize Him. When He got to the other side of the sea (remembering that he had sent them ahead on the boat), people with need of him, recognized him. There was no social media in this day and there was no daily news, but people knew who he was.
  3. In Chapter 5, there is a woman who said, if she could touch the hem of his garment, she knew she will be made well. Jesus is trying to show that miracles require intimacy with him.
  4. In Chapter 7, here is the daughter of the Syro-Phoenician woman. She requested that Jesus cast a demon out of her daughter. The woman answered and said, in Mark 7:28 (NKJV) 28 And she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.”- It is a statement of gratitude. Mark 7:29 (NKJV) says 29  Then He said to her, “For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” 30 And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed. – She got a revelation. Jesus sent her home, because he wanted her to know that what she came from had already been done.
  5. Remember there was miracle, miracle, and then a test. There was the healing of the deaf man and the healing of the blind man and then in Chapter 9 there is a test.
  6. The test is found in Mark 9:29. The boy has a dumb spirit. He doesn’t talk, he foams at the mouth. The father brings the boy to Jesus. He first took the boy to the disciples, but they were unable to cast the spirit out. The father presses on. It is a revelation, to the disciples showing them that they were not ready yet. If they were ready, this issue would have never gotten to Jesus.
    1. It’s really about the father. Jesus asks how long the boy had been like this and father says, “Since he was child”. The father realizes by saying that, Jesus already knew the answer. As a result, the father says, “Have mercy on us”. The father realized that the problem in him is problem in himself too.
    2. Jesus asks what has happened and tells of all thing that boy does. Jesus says to him, “All things are possible to them that believe… “The father tells Jesus that he believes, but he asks Jesus to help his unbelief (found in verse 28).
    3. Jesus gives a revelation to the father and the disciples. Jesus calls the spirit out. Jesus calls the spirit a deaf and dumb The devil is controlling what the boy hears and this is the boy can’t talk.
  7. Disciple wanted to know why they couldn’t cast the demon out and Jesus reminded them that some things come only through fasting and praying. He is trying to teach the disciples to pray.
  8. The healing of Blind Bartimaeus
    1. In Mark 10:46-47, Blind Bartimaeus was passing by and he asks Jesus to have mercy on him. He skips the disciples and goes right to Jesus and as a result, Blind Bartimaeus got his miracles.
  9. The Casting Out of an Unclean Spirit (Mark 1:21-28)
  10. Mark 1:21-28 (NKJV) says 21 Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and taught. 22 And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out,  24 saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!”25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!”  26 And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him.  27 Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority[a] He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.”  28 And immediately His fame spread throughout all the region around Galilee.
  11. The Healing of Peter’s Mother-n-Law (Mark 1:29-31)
    1. Mark 1:29-31 (NKJV) 29 Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once.  31 So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.
  12. The Cleansing of a Leper (Mark 1:40-44)
    1. Mark 1:40-44 (NKJV) 40 Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” 42 As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed.  43 And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once,  44 and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
  13. Feeding of the Five Thousand (Mark 6:30-44)
    1. Mark 6:30-44 (NKJV) 30 Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.  32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. 33 But the multitudes[a] saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to Him.  34 And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.  35 When the day was now far spent, His disciples came to Him and said, “This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late.  36 Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread;[b] for they have nothing to eat.”37 But He answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat.”And they said to Him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?”38 But He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.”And when they found out they said, “Five, and two fish.”39 Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass.  40 So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties.  41 And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all.  42 So they all ate and were filled.  43 And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish.  44 Now those who had eaten the loaves were about[c] five thousand men.
  14. Jesus Walks on the Sea (Mark 6:45-52)
    1. Mark 6:45-52 (NKJV) Jesus Walks on the Sea 45 Immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He sent the multitude away. 46 And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray.  47 Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land.  48 Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by.  49 And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out;  50 for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”  51 Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled.  52 For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.
  15. The Healings at Gennesaret (Mark 6:53-56)
    1. Mark 6:53-56(NKJV) Many Touch Him and Are Made Well 53 When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret and anchored there. 54 And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him,  55 ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was.  56 Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.
  16. The Healing of the Daughter of the Syro-Phoenician Woman (Mark 7:24-30)
    1. Mark 7:24-30 (NKJV) A Gentile Shows Her Faith 24 From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon.[a] And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden. 25 For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet.  26 The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter.  27 But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” 28 And she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.”29 Then He said to her, “For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.”30 And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed.
  17. The Healing of the Deaf-Mute Man (Mark 7:31-37)
    1. Mark 7:31-37 (NKJV) Jesus Heals a Deaf-Mute 31 Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee. 32 Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him.  33 And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue.  34 Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.  36 Then He commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it.  37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”
  18. The Feeding of the Four Thousand (Mark 8:1-10)
    1. Mark 8:1-10 (NKJV) Feeding the Four Thousand 8 In those days, the multitude being very great and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples to Him and said to them, 2 “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat.  3 And if I send them away hungry to their own houses, they will faint on the way; for some of them have come from afar.”4 Then His disciples answered Him, “How can one satisfy these people with bread here in the wilderness?” 5 He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven.” 6 So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and they set them before the multitude.  7 They also had a few small fish; and having blessed them, He said to set them also before them.  8 So they ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets of leftover fragments.  9 Now those who had eaten were about four thousand. And He sent them away,  10 immediately got into the boat with His disciples, and came to the region of Dalmanutha.
  19. The Healing of a Blind Man (Mark 8:22-26)
    1. Mark 8:22-26 (NKJV) A Blind Man Healed at Bethsaida 22 Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. 23 So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. 24 And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” 25 Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.  26 Then He sent him away to his house, saying, “Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town.”[a]
  20. The Healing of the Boy with Seizures (Mark 9:14-29)
    1. Mark 9:14-29 (NKJV) A Boy Is Healed 14 And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. 15 Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him.  16 And He asked the scribes, “What are you discussing with them?”17 Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit.  18 And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.” 19 He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.”  20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. 21 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood.  22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,[a] all things are possible to him who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!”  26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.”  27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”[b]
  21. The Healing of Blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52)
    1. Mark 10:46-52 (NKJV) Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus 46 Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” 50 And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. 51 So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”52 Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.
  22. The Messiah Revealed
  23. Jesus deliberately revealed himself. He told his disciples to bring the tied donkey in the town. Jesus starts riding through Holy City of Jerusalem. These people who were the benefactors of his ministry were the one that called him Messiah. The Scribes and Pharisees are angered by this.
  24. In Chapter 15:11, he turns over the tables in the temple. You might ask at what point they wanted to kill Jesus. It wasn’t the miracles, because the miracles could have been refuted. What really got the Scribes and Pharisees was when Jesus messed with their money, when he broke up the activity in the temple.
    1. To prove it, read Acts 16. When Paul and Silas were on their journey they ran into the fortune telling woman. Paul cast the spirit out and at that point, her masters started falsely accusing them of false teaching and they ended up in jail. They were angered because after Paul and Silas cast the spirit out of her, her masters could no longer able to exploit


  1. The Manifestation of Resurrection and the Promise
    1. In Chapter 12 of Mark, you see the apocalyptic discourse. In Chapter 13, Jesus stressed to the disciples he would be with them always.
    2. In Mark 13:1-13, it speaks of the end of days.
    3. Finally in Chapter16, we see the begging of “the Passion”. Jesus dies. Mark shows us the final days of Jesus. He doesn’t leave u us like Mathew with the Great Commission. Mark said he saw him Jesus ascend. In Mark 16:19-20 we see that the disciples went out and preached everywhere.
    4. Mark ends by saying that Jesus is up there at the right hand of father, but for those doing sign and wonders, don’t worry, because they won’t do so without Him.

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