Mark 1:1-8 | What Do You Want?

"What do you want?" is one of the primary questions of the gospels. The gospel (good news) we believe says a lot about what we think will give us the life we want. The Gospel of Mark is the gospel; it is the good news that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God who has come to bring peace on earth.

Mark 1:9-20 | Following Jesus

The ministry of Jesus is one that calls us away from ourselves and into a Kingdom life in which everything revolves around Him.

Mark 2:1-12 | Son of Man

Jesus cannot be classified as only a good moral teacher or even simply a Rabbi, He has the power to forgive sin and only God can do that. Since Jesus is God, there is nothing not worth doing to get people to Him.

Mark 2:13-22 | Follow Me

Jesus calls Levi, a man on the outside, to be his disciple. Levi drops everything to follow Jesus because what Jesus was offering was far better than the things he was chasing. This is the new way of God's Kingdom being brought by Jesus.

Mark 2:23-3:6 | Made For Man

The Sabbath was meant to be a liberating experience and a day of freedom but it had been turned into something different. By healing a man on the Sabbath Jesus shows that it is a day to be renewed and restored by God.

Mark 3:7-19 | Being A Disciple

What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? This is a question many of us have when it comes to following Jesus. Do we stay in the interested crowd or do we become an apprentice to the master. Jesus meets us where we are but is not content to leave us there. He wants us to experience life and life to the full, this is why he came.

Mark 3:20-35 | Allegiance

There is no such thing as "Jesus and;" it’s always "Jesus or." Jesus requires full and complete allegiance.

Mark 4:1-20 | Becoming Fertile Soil

"But…the rocky soul can in time turn into rich soil. Among souls, the wayside may come no longer to be trampled by all that pass, and may become a fertile field. The thorns may be destroyed and the seed enjoy full growth. For had this not been impossible, this sower would not have sown." - John Chrysostom

Mark 4:21-34 | Kingdom Parables

Jesus doesn’t want to keep us in the dark, rather He desires to illuminate us. Especially our understanding of the Kingdom.

Mark 4:35-41 | A Fierce Calm

In the calming of the fierce storm, the disciples move from asking “Do you even care?” to “Who is this man?” Fearing the right thing is an essential part of maturing in faith. “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom (Prov. 9:10).”

Jesus is Lord over all creation, he is with us, and he is on his throne. When things are difficult it is important to remind ourselves who Jesus is and where Jesus is.

Mark 5:1-20 | One at a Time

Jesus is a restorer of dignity and a giver of renewal. Jesus sees people one at a time.

Mark 5:21-43 | Made Clean

Desperation is often a catalyst of faith. In our story Jesus takes that which is unlean and makes it clean; that which was dead now lives.

Mark 6:1-6 | Amazed at their Unbelief

None of us want to be people with whom Jesus is amazed by our unbelief. A good step in following Jesus is to ask the question, "in what ways is Jesus amazed by my faith?"

Mark 6:6-30 | Urgency and Opposition

The message of the Kingdom is good news that followers of Jesus should share with a sense of urgency. However, we see that this message will not always be seen as good news because it stands in opposition to the kingdoms we build on our own power.

Mark 6:30-44 | The Better King

Mark shows us that Jesus is the rightful king and the true leader of Israel, not evil Herod. The main motivations of the kingdoms of this world are pride and selfish gain but Jesus’ motivation was compassion. Jesus is the one who shows genuine hospitality to his guests. He rules with compassions and gives in abundance.

Mark 6:45-56 | God is With Us

Mark has been showing us that his statement in 1:1 is not hyperbole, but fact. Jesus may be like Moses and Elijah, but he is far greater than either of them. Only God has the power to order and tame the chaos. As the Spirit hovered over the waters and brought order out of chaos so too does Jesus.


Jesus is most concerned about the condition of your heart. We all need to check on the reason we do the things we do. Are we simply going through the religious motions or are we committed to knowing and following Jesus?