Kitchen Table Theology

151 Bible Overview: Mark

April 30, 2023 Pastor Jeff Cranston Episode 151
Kitchen Table Theology
151 Bible Overview: Mark
Show Notes

In this episode, Pastor Jeff Cranston and Tiffany Coker delve into the Gospel of Mark. The Gospel of Mark emphasizes Jesus as a servant who shows compassionate service to people through his miracles. Our hosts discuss why the book was written and provide some background on its author, John Mark, whose style differs from other biblical authors in that he emphasizes action rather than words and frequently uses the Greek word "ethos," meaning "immediately." They also highlight how the central unifying element in the mosaic of Mark's gospel is Christ himself, and its overall theme is to call Christ's followers to faithfulness and perseverance in the face of suffering and persecution.

So, grab a cup of coffee and join us at the kitchen table for an enlightening conversation on biblical theology.

[00:04 - 08:37] Exploring the Gospel of Mark

• Mark's gospel emphasizes Jesus as a servant and his authority as the Son of God

• The book is a brief synopsis of Christ's life and could have been meant for reading in one sitting

[08:38 - 17:15] Uncovering the Origins and Authorship of Mark's Gospel

• Analyzing the author of the Gospel of Mark, John Mark, a contemporary of Paul and Peter

• Mark was likely writing Peter's recollection of events

• Mark was the cousin of Barnabas and worked with Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey

• The Gospel of Mark was likely written in Rome during a period of persecution against Christians under Emperor Nero

• Mark's style is different from other biblical authors

[17:15 - 25:53] Exploring the Unique Literary Features of Mark's Gospel

• Mark's gospel is a narrative with a collection of units or groupings.

• Mark uses intercalation, which means sandwiching one story within another, to interpret stories mutually.

• Triads are common in Mark's gospel, where events are presented in groups of threes and often connected to the failure of the disciples.

• The overall theme of Mark's gospel is to preserve the gospel tradition, confirm Jesus as the mighty Messiah and Son of God, and call Christ followers to faithfulness and perseverance in the face of suffering and persecution.

[25:54 - 29:09] Discovering the Heart of Discipleship in Mark's Gospel 

• Discipleship in Mark's gospel is about having a relationship with Jesus

• Fellowship with Christ marks the heart of a disciple's life

• Trusting, confessing, and following Jesus' conduct are part of a fellowship with him

• Discipleship means being prepared to face rejection as Jesus did

Resource: The Bible Recap by Tara-Leigh Cobble


"These are just humans. They fight, they argue... it is encouraging to see even though they are human and they have their issues, God still uses them, still works through them, still built the church with them, wrote these gospels that were inspired by God." - Tiffany Coker 

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