Gospel means "good news". Mark wrote his
gospel to spread the good news about Jesus
God, Hoy Spirit, Gospel
Who was Mark ?
We cannot absolutely tell who Mark was.
- He could have been a
Mark who Peter
mentioned in his first
- He could been the
young man that weared
nothing but a linen cloth in
the garden of
Gethsemane trying to
- He could
have been a
Barnabas on a
- A John Mark
What sources did Mark use ?
Eye witness accounts
Paul and Barnabas
Reasons for writing the gospel
The loss of eye witnessness
The identity of Jesus
Jesus' death and resurrection
The threat of Heresy
Delay of second coming (Parousia)
Discipleship and the Kingdom of God
Why were Christians unpopular ?
A threat to the economy
A threat to social and political stability
Is Mark's gospel relevant for Christians today ?
Mark's Gospel spread the good
news about Jesus which will
always be relevant for Christians.
Many Christians are still
persecuted in the world
today. They might find
supports in Mark's gospel.
Christians believe that
if they base their lives
on gospel they will
It was writen over 2'000 years
ago so it is outdated.
It does not deal with issues
facing Christians today e.g.
Today's society is materialistic.
Calming of th Storm
Jesus took with him his disciples. Other boats were there. Jesus was sleeping
and then the storm arose. His disciples went to wake him up and said "Teacher,
do you not care that we are about to drown ?" Jesus got up and said to the
waves and the sea "Be quiet! Be still!" and they immediately it was still and
quiet. Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said "Why are you afraid? Have
you still not faith?" They were teriffied and amazed and the asked each other
"Who is he that even the sea and the wind obey him?"
Political gropus in Palastine
Religious situations in Palastine
"Eloi, Eloi lama sabachtane -- My God, myy God why have you forsaken me?"