The Gospel of Mark
"The Gospel of Mark" Series Introduction
In this study we want to really get the message of Mark.
Study Guide 1 — Protology | An Introduction to the Great themes of Scripture
The Gospel of Genesis by Warren Austin Gage (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2001)
Study Guide 2 — Typology | A guide to finding Christ in the Old Testament
Theological Poetics: Typology, Symbol and the Christ by Warren Austin Gage (St. Andrews House)
Study Guide 4 — Postmodernism | Understanding the Times
A Christian Worldview: the Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer
Study Guide 4 — Running with the Witnesses | Understanding Church History
A study in Church History: Thomas Nelson (Denton Bible Church)
Study Guide 5 — The Gospel of Mark | Good News form a Close Friend
The Gospel of Mark: William L. Lane (NICNT)
Scriptural Premise for the Study
1. The first premise is that God is speaking.
Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things which have not been done; saying, “My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.” — Isa 46:9-10
In the past God spoke to our forefathers although the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son — Heb 1:1-2
And we have the work of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. — 2 Pet 1:19
2. The second premise is that Biblical authors write with purpose.
From beginning to end the Biblical authors present a consistent (though selective) history.
Because the Scriptural history is selective it is also interpretive (not everything is documented but everything necessary is documented).
This ability of the Biblical authors to interpret history makes possible a comprehensive study of the Bible.
3. The third premise is that the purpose of the Bible is Jesus Christ.
The single authority of Protestantism is Sola Scriputra. It’s single unifying principle can therefore only be the person of Jesus Christ. The task of biblical theology then is to articulate the unity of the biblical cannon centered int he person of Christ. Specifically our theology must describe the work of Christ in redemption.
His suffering and glory constitute the gospel message not only of Mark and Matthew, Luke and John, but also of Moses and all the prophets (Luke 24:27), and the He is alos the great Song of al the psalmists (Luke 24:44). All creation was made by Him (John 1:3); all things are for Him (Rev 4:11); everything is held together because of Him (Col 1:17), and so it is necessary that all the Scriptures should bear witness to Him (John 5:39).
Watch the BibleProject’s “Overview: Mark” video on the book of Mark, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Mark demonstrates that Jesus is Israel’s Messiah who inaugurates God’s kingdom through his suffering, death, and resurrection.
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