Since June, we have been moving through the "Monarchy Cycle", in which we explored the establishment of the ancient kingdom of Israel. The primary theme of this journey has been God's faithfulness to his promise to give a king to his people. Ultimately, this promise is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Therefore, we now switch into the New Testament Gospel of Mark. One of the primary themes of Mark is the kingly nature of Jesus, for he brings the "Kingdom of God" into the world. His power will be shown in his ministry of teaching, of healing, and of routing the powers of evil.

 

August 30th There is nothing...that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile. Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

September 6th Jesus heals the Syrophoenician woman's daughter and the mute man. Mark 7:24-37

September 13th Confession at Caesarea Philippi; first passion prediction: take up your cross. Mark 8:27-38

September 20th Second passion prediction: whoever wants to be greatest... Mark 9:30-37

September 27th Competing exorcists and related sayings. Mark 9:38-50

October 4th Jesus discusses divorce and children. Mark 10:2-16

October 11th What must I do to inherit eternal life? -- Go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Mark 10:17-31

October 18th James and John's request following the third passion prediction. Mark 10:35-45

October 25th Healing of Bartimaeus. Mark 10:46-52

November 1st (All Saint's Day) Which commandment is first of all? Mark 12:28-34

November 8th Beware of the scribes. Mark 12:38-44

November 15th Eschatological discourse: prediction of the destruction of the temple. Mark 13:1-8

November 22nd (Christ the King Sunday) Jesus before Pilate: My kingdom is not from this world. John 18:33-37