June 2017 – April 2018

Mark’s Gospel Sermon Series

Mark’s is the earliest, the shortest, and the most ‘raw’ of the four Gospels. It has the feel of a fast-moving docu-drama, shot on location with a slightly shaky hand-held camera.

It reads like it was scribbled down in haste. Perhaps it was; one ancient source claims it was put together from Mark’s notes on Peter’s excitable preaching – as the net of persecution closed in on the early church in Rome. This might also explain why it ends so abruptly and was no doubt rounded off later.

It’s all about Jesus and in particular what Jesus did. He is Action Man bursting onto the scene with no introduction and wasting no time in bringing the kingdom of God to earth, before resolutely heading to Jerusalem to lay down his life as a ransom for many.

At All Saints’ we are going to travel through the whole Gospel from beginning to end, with a short pause for Christmas, ending on Easter Sunday 2018.

  • 11 June – Prepare the Way (Mark 1.1-13)
  • 18 June – The Message of the Kingdom (Mark 1.9-28)
  • 25 June – The Power of the Kingdom (Mark 1.29-45)
  • 2 July – The Authority of the Kingdom (Mark 2.1-12)
  • 9 July – The Scandal of the Kingdom (Mark 2.13-22)
  • 16 July – Jesus Is Lord (Mark 2.23 – 3.6)
  • 23 July – The Multiplication of the Kingdom (Mark 3.7-19)
  • 30 July – The Friction of the Kingdom (Mark 3.20-35)
  • 6 August – The Growth of the Kingdom (Mark 4.1-20)
  • 13 August – The Secrets of the Kingdom (Mark 4.21-34)
  • 20 August – Don’t You Care, Lord? (Mark 4.35-41)
  • 27 August – A Walk on the Wild Side (Mark 5.1-20)
  • 3 September – The Compassion of the Kingdom (Mark 5.21-43)
  • 10 September – The Dishonour of the Kingdom (Mark 6.1-29)
  • 17 September – The Abundance of the Kingdom (Mark 6.30-44 and 8.1-21)
  • 24 September – The Encouragement of the Kingdom (Mark 6.45-56)
  • 1 October – Inside-Out (Mark 7.1-23)
  • 8 October – New Ground (Mark 7.24-37)
  • 15 October – Starting to See (Mark 8.22-26)
  • 22 October – The Focus of the Kingdom (Mark 8.27-9.1)
  • 29 October – The Now and the Not Yet (Mark 9.2-29)
  • 5 November – Keys to Spiritual Growth (Mark 9.30-50)
  • 12 November – Remembrance Sunday
  • 19 November – The Ethics of the Kingdom (Mark 10.1-12)
  • 26 November – The VIPs of the Kingdom (Mark 10.13-31)
  • 3 December – What Do You Want Jesus to Do for You? (Mark 10.32-52)
  • 7 January – A House of Prayer for All Nations (Mark 11.1-26)
  • 14 January – Hostility All Around (Mark 11.27-12.27)
  • 21 January – Love God, Love Others (Mark 12.28-34)
  • 28 January – Worship from the Heart (Mark 12.35-44)
  • 4 February – Signs of the Times (Mark 13.1-23)
  • 11 February – Signs of the End (Mark 13.24-37)
  • 18 February – Breaking the Jar (Mark 14.1-11)
  • 25 February – Broken for Me, Broken for You (Mark 14.12-26)
  • …to be continued.