The Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark

It’s possible to summarize the Gospel of Mark in two words: “Follow me.” This phrase communicates the book’s two major themes:

  • “Follow” (Discipleship)
  • “Me” (Christology)

Mark begins by stating his conclusion in the opening verse: he’s writing about the “good news” of “Jesus who is the Messiah.” With this statement, Mark invites us to journey through the life of Christ and to be open to what we may discover.

Along the way, he will show us who Jesus is and what it looks like to follow him. Consequently, Mark pays attention to the experiences of the disciples. In doing so, he is willing to reveal both their successes and failures. He wants us to see that following Jesus is filled with mystery, surprises, and conflict. If this happened to them, it can happen to us.

Among the surprises in the book is that Jesus establishes his kingdom through suffering. In light of that reality, Mark wants us to wrestle with what this means for us.

We will be working our way through the Gospel of Mark from January through Easter. As we go along, additional resources will be available on