Gospel of Mark

Join us as Pastor Landon guides us through the Gospel of Mark.



The Secret to Prayer


Mark 1:25-28 ​​“Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” 26 The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. 27 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits, and they obey him.” 28 News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.


Mark 1:29-39 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. 31 So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her, and she began to wait on them. 32 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon possessed. 33 The whole town gathered at the door, 34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was. 35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” 38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.



Three dangers at the start of the journey: 

●    ________ can actually keep us from ________.

●    Chasing the ________, not the ________.

●    Seeking God for ________, not ________.


The secret to prayer:

The secret to prayer is simply having _________ _______.

Prayer is:

●    Not something ___ ____, it’s someone ________ ________.

●    Not about getting what ___ ________, but connecting with who we are ________ ____.

●    Both ________and ________.

●    The key to ________with God, and ________from the enemy.

●     More about changing ___ ______, not changing _____ _____.



Two things to consider:

●If we are only coming to God to get _______ ____ _______, he may be ________from us.

●Prayerlessness may be our greatest ___, because of what it says about who we really think is ____ ________.





Welcome to the Kingdom of God

Mark 1:14-15

The kingdom of God is both the _________ and _________.

● It is a _____ and a _______.

● It is both a _________ and a _________.

● A king’s _______and _______determine his kingdom.

Mark 1:16-20

A citizen of the kingdom (disciple) is called to:

● _________

● ____________

● ____________

Mark 1:21-28

WARNING: This will be _______ than you _______.

Looking back at Mark 1:1-28

God has _____________________.



Baptized, Empowered and Tested


Mark 1:9-13 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” 12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

Three Key Events

1.    Baptized by ________


 Mark 1:9/ Matthew 3:11-15/ Luke 3:2-3/ Matthew 28:19-20/ Romans 6:1-5


●      John’s baptism was a public statement of _______________ in order to be ______________. 

●      Our baptism is a public statement of _________________________ because we’ve ___________________.


Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


Matthew 3:11-15 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”



2.    Empowered by the ______ __________


Mark 1:12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness,


Luke 4:14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.


Luke 5:17 …They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick.


Mark 6:4-6 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith.


John 16:7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.


3.    Tested by __________


Mark 1:12-13 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan.


1 Corinthians 15:45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.


Hebrews 2:17  For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.


Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.



 Matthew 4:1-11 & Luke 4:1-13/ 1 Corinthians 15:45, Hebrews 2:17 & 4:15 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:24 & Isaiah 53:5



Three Life Lessons


2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

1.      It’s not a sin to be _________.

           It’s a sin to _______.


Mark 1:13/ Hebrews 4:15


2.    Sometimes the _________ of God’s will is in the ___________ of a __________.


●      Obedience takes us where we _______ to be be, not always where we ________ to be.



Mark 1:12/ Mark 4:35-41/ Exodus 14:1-31/ Psalm 23:1-4/ 1 Peter 4:12/ Hebrews 5:8


 3. A __________ life is not necessarily an _______ life.


Waddling to Bethlehem

No room in the inn



Scorn and Rumors


Watched her son be brutally killed


Acts 14:22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.


Luke 1:28/ Luke 2:4-7/ Luke 2:22-24/ Mathew 2:13-15/ Luke 3:23/ John 19:25 

Mark - Week 1


The Good News of Jesus

Mark 1:1-5 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah the Son of God, 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you,

who will prepare your way”— 3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” 4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Where Do You Start the Jesus Story?

The beginning:

3 questions that have to be asked:

Mark 1:1-5, Luke 3:1-18

● What is the _______________?

“Jesus”: The Good News was a __________ ___________.

“Christ”: The Good News is that we __________________.

“Son of God”: The Good News is that ________________________.

● How do I get this ______________?

Luke 3:7-18

John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 9 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” 10 “What should we do then?” the crowd asked. 11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” 12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” 13 “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. 14 Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.” 15 The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. 16 John answered them all, “I baptize you with[b] water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” 18 And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them.

This Good News comes by ________________ and __________________.

● When did my ________________ begin?

The result of this Good News:

Mark 1:6-8 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: “After me

comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Our life will point to our ______________, not our _______________.