The Gospel of Mark. This year Niner United will read the entire Gospel of Mark at Wednesday Worship and explore the Gospel of Mark at Thursday Lunch. Jesus says in Mark 1:15, “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!” In the fall we will read Mark chapters 1-8.

An Introduction to the Gospel of Mark

“The opening words inform the reader that the following narrative is the beginning and norm of the good news of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Somewhere offstage, the voice of God addresses the Christ in the words of Scripture, declaring that the way of the Lord will be prepared by God’s messenger (1:2–3). When the narrative curtain opens, the reader sees the strange figure of John the Baptizer, preaching repentance and baptism for the forgiveness of sins, and announcing the future advent of a powerful figure who will baptize with the Holy Spirit (1:4–8). Jesus appears and is baptized without another word from John, but the heavenly voice speaks to Jesus declaring him to be God’s Son. The Holy Spirit descends on him and drives him into the wilderness, where he is tested by Satan. John is arrested, and Jesus begins to preach the good news of the kingdom of God (1:14–15).

The first words the reader hears Jesus speak are “Follow me,” addressed to the fishermen whom he calls to be his disciples. With his few disciples, Jesus begins a vigorous ministry of preaching, teaching with authority, casting out demons, healing the sick, cleansing lepers, raising the dead, feeding the hungry, and giving sight to the blind (1:21–8:26). In the midst of his activity, Jesus delivers a long parabolic discourse to the crowds, but it is intended to be under- stood only by his disciples—though they too fail to understand. His mighty works include power over nature: he calms the storm (4:35–41) and walks on the water (6:45–51). While God and the demons (and the reader) know Jesus’ identity, despite his mighty works the characters in the narrative do not recognize him.

The story takes a dramatic turn in the episode described in 8:27–9:1. Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” and receives a variety of impressive answers. Jesus then directs his question to the disciples themselves, and Peter answers for the group: “You are the Christ.” Jesus’ response is not to congratulate Peter (contrast Matt 16:17–19), but to command silence. For the first time, Jesus states that the Son of Man is to go to Jerusalem where he will be killed, but will rise from the dead (8:31). This pattern is repeated three times, so that there are two further “passion predictions” (9:31; 10:33–34). Through it all, the disciples remain uncomprehending, despite their witnessing the dramatic transformation of Jesus when Moses and Elijah appear to him on the mountain. The voice that spoke to Jesus at the beginning (“You are my beloved son,” 1:11) now addresses the disciples directly (“This is my beloved son,” 9:7). But their hearts are hardened.

In Mark, Jesus makes one trip to Jerusalem (10:1–52). His arrival is hailed by the crowds as the “one who comes in the name of the Lord” who will inaugurate “the coming kingdom of our ancestor David” (11:1–10). Jesus’ response is to drive those buying and selling animals from the temple, which sharpens his conflicts with the Jewish leaders (11:15–33). Jesus’ debates with Jewish scribes in Galilee (2:1–3:6) intensify in Jerusalem (12:1–40). Jesus leaves the temple, takes four of his disciples to the Mount of Olives, and delivers the longest discourse in Mark, announcing the destruction of the temple, future persecution of his disciples, and the coming of the Son of Man in clouds with great power and glory (13:1–37).On his fourth day in Jerusalem, at a dinner party in Bethany at the house of Simon the Leper, a woman pours a large amount of expensive perfumed oil on Jesus’ head; Jesus explains that this anticipates his coming death (14:3–9). The next evening Jesus celebrates the Passover with his disciples, declares the bread and wine to be his body and blood, and departs with them to pray in Gethsemane (14:12–42). With the help of Judas, one of the special group of twelve Jesus himself had chosen, a crowd sent by the Jewish leaders apprehends Jesus in Gethsemane. They take him to the house of the high priest, where he is interrogated and confesses himself to be the Christ, the Son of God, and promises that they will see him as the Son of Man seated at God’s right hand and coming with the clouds of heaven (14:43–62). The Jewish leaders turn Jesus over to Pilate, who has him crucified as one who claims to be “King of the Jews” (15:1–41). His disciples had already disappeared, so Jesus is buried by a friendly member of the Jewish governing council in a tomb cut from the solid rock (15:42–46).”

M. Eugene Boring, Mark: A Commentary, 1st ed, The New Testament Library (Louisville, Ky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2006). 1-3.

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Sunday August 19

Text: Mark 1:1-11

Section: Good News!

Subheading: John in the wilderness

Sermon: Steve

Music Leaders: Andrew

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Wednesday August 22

Text: Mark 1:12-20

Section: Good News!

Subheading: Jesus is baptized, Jesus calls disciples

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Thursday August 23

Text: Mark 1:12-20

Section: Good News!

Subheading: Jesus is baptized, Jesus calls disciples

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Wednesday August 29

Text: Mark 1:21-34

Section: Healing the Rejected Ones

Subheading: The authority of Jesus over demons

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Thursday August 30

Text: Mark 1:21-34

Section: Healing the Rejected Ones

Subheading: The authority of Jesus over demons

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Wednesday September 5

Text: Mark 1:35 – 2:12

Section: Healing the Rejected Ones

Subheading: Jesus heals

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Thursday September 6

Text: Mark 1:35 – 2:12

Section: Healing the Rejected Ones

Subheading: Jesus heals

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First Thursday RecWeek Series (1:30pm): 

The Palestinian – Israeli Conflict

Wednesday September 12

Text: Mark 2:13 – 3:6

Section: Healing the Rejected Ones

Subheading: Jesus and the Sabbath

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Thursday September 13

Text: Mark 2:13 – 3:6

Section: Healing the Rejected Ones

Subheading: Jesus and the Sabbath

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Wednesday September 19

Text: Mark 3:7-12

Section: Parables & Deeds

Subheading: The Messianic Secret

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Thursday September 20

Text: Mark 3:7-12

Section: Parables & Deeds

Subheading: The Messianic Secret

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Wednesday September 26

Text: Mark 3:13-35

Section: Parables & Deeds

Subheading: Binding of the Strong Man

Sermon: Steve

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Thursday September 27

Text: Mark 3:13-35

Section: Parables & Deeds

Subheading: Binding of the Strong Man

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Wednesday October 3

Text: Mark 4:1-34

Section: Parables & Deeds

Subheading: Parables

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Thursday October 4

Text: Mark 4:1-34

Section: Parables & Deeds

Subheading: Parables

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First Thursday RecWeek Series (1:30pm): 

Faith & Economics

Wednesday October 10

Text: Mark 4:35-41

Section: Parables & Deeds

Subheading: Jesus calms the storm

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Thursday October 11

Text: Mark 4:35-41

Section: Parables & Deeds

Subheading: Jesus calms the storm

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Wednesday October 17

Text: Mark 5:1-20

Section: Parables & Deeds

Subheading: Jesus frees a demon-possessed man & heals

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Thursday October 18

Text: Mark 5:1-20

Section: Parables & Deeds

Subheading: Jesus frees a demon-possessed man & heals

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Wednesday October 24

Text: Mark 5:21-43

Section: Parables & Deeds

Subheading: Jesus heals two people

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Thursday October 25

Text: Mark 5:21-43

Section: Parables & Deeds

Subheading: Jesus heals two people

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Wednesday October 31

Text: Mark 6:1-29

Section: The Inclusion Banquet

Subheading: The rejection of Jesus & Herod’s Beheading of John

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Thursday November 1

All Saints Day

Text: Mark 6:1-29

Section: The Inclusion Banquet

Subheading: The rejection of Jesus

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First Thursday RecWeek Series (1:30pm): 

Politics and Faith

Wednesday November 7

Text: Mark 6:30-56

Section: The Inclusion Banquet

Subheading: Feeds five thousand, walks on water, healings

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Thursday November 8

Text: Mark 6:30-56

Section: The Inclusion Banquet

Subheading: Feeds five thousand, walks on water, healings

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Wednesday November 14

Text: Mark 7:1-37

Section: The Inclusion Banquet

Subheading: Christianity and Judaism

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Thursday November 15

Text: Mark 7:1-37

Section: The Inclusion Banquet

Subheading: Christianity and Judaism

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Wednesday November 28

Text: Mark 8:1-26

Section: The Inclusion Banquet

Subheading: The expectations of discipleship

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Thursday November 29

Text: Mark 8:1-26

Section: The Inclusion Banquet

Subheading: The expectations of discipleship

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Wednesday December 5

Text: Mark 8:27 – 9:1

Section: The Inclusion Banquet

Subheading: Jesus predicts his death

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Thursday December 6

Text: Mark 8:27 – 9:1

Section: The Inclusion Banquet

Subheading: Jesus predicts his death

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First Thursday RecWeek Series (1:30pm): 

Who is Jesus? Three views from the Abrahamic Faith.

Wednesday January 9

Text: Mark 9:2-13

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: Jesus Transfigured

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Thursday January 10

Text: Mark 9:2-13

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: Jesus Transfigured

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Wednesday January 16

Text: Mark 9:14-29

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: Jesus heals a boy possessed

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Thursday January 17

Text: Mark 9:14-29

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: Jesus heals a boy possessed

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Race & Reconciliation

Wednesday January 23

Text: Mark 9:30-10:12

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: Greatest and Least

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Thursday January 24

Text: Mark 9:30-10:12

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: Greatest and Least

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Wednesday January 30

Text: Mark 10:13-31

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: Jesus blesses the children & answers the rich man

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Thursday January 31

Text: Mark 10:13-31

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: Jesus blesses the children & answers the rich man

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Wednesday February 6

Text: Mark 10:35-52

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: James & John are Blind – Bartimaeus is Blind

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Thursday February 7

Text: Mark 10:35-52

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: James & John are Blind – Bartimaeus is Blind

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Wednesday February 13

Text: Mark 11:1-19

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: Jesus enters Jerusalem

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Thursday February 14

Text: Mark 11:1-19

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: Jesus enters Jerusalem

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Wednesday February 20

Text: Mark 11:20-33

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: The fig tree and temple violence

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Thursday February 21

Text: Mark 11:20-33

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: The fig tree and temple violence

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Immigration and Faith

Wednesday February 27

Text: Mark 12:1-27

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: Parable of the tenant farmers & Jesus’ teachings

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Thursday February 28

Text: Mark 12:1-27

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: Parable of the tenant farmers & Jesus’ teachings

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Wednesday March 13

TextMark 12:28-44

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: The most important commandment & widow’s contribution

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Thursday March 14

TextMark 12:28-44

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: The most important commandment & widow’s contribution

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Wednesday March 20

Text: Mark 13:1-13

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: You are really not persecuted

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Thursday March 21

Text: Mark 13:1-13

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: You are really not persecuted

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First Thursday RecWeek Series (1:30pm): 

Faith and Trauma

Wednesday March 27

Text: Mark 13:13-37

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: Beware, keep alert

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Thursday March 28

Text: Mark 13:13-37

Section: The Road to Jerusalem

Subheading: Beware, keep alert

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Wednesday April 3

Text: Mark 14:1-32

Section: The Passover

Subheading: The Passover

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Text: Mark 14:1-32

Section: The Passover

Subheading: The Passover

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Wednesday April 10

Text: Mark 14:32-72

Section: The Passover

Subheading: Gethsemane and arrest

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Thursday April 11

Text: Mark 14:32-72

Section: The Passover

Subheading: Gethsemane and arrest

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Wednesday April 17

Holy Week

Text: Mark 15

Section: The Death of Jesus

Subheading: The Death of Jesus

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Thursday April 18

Holy Week

Text: Mark 15

Section: The Death of Jesus

Subheading: The Death of Jesus

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First Thursday RecWeek Series (1:30pm): 

Who am I? Our Life with God.

Wednesday April 24

Easter Week

Text: Mark 16:1-8

Section: New Life

Subheading: The empty tomb

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Thursday April 25

Easter Week

Text: Mark 16:1-8

Section: New Life

Subheading: The empty tomb

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Wednesday May 1

Cookout

Text: Mark 16:9-20 (the longer ending)

Section: New Life

Subheading: Commission and Ascension added later

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