The Gospel of Mark

Mark: Lesson 1

Lesson text: Mark 1:1-15 We begin our study of Mark’s gospel with an examination of John the Baptist, his mission and his ministry. We then turn to Jesus’ baptism, His time in the wilderness with Satan, and the beginning of His ministry in Galilee. The lesson worksheet will help guide you through each lesson, and you are free to print, copy, and share with others. Lesson worksheet Header image by CSalem from Pixabay

Mark: Lesson 2

Lesson text: Mark 1:16-31 As Jesus begins his public ministry, He calls the first four of his primary disciples. Setting up Capernaum as His base of operations, He goes into the synagogue on the Sabbath. There Jesus astonishes the people with both His teaching and His power over a demon. The section concludes with Jesus healing Peter’s mother-in-law. Lesson worksheet Header image by Pedro Kümmel on Unsplash

Mark: Lesson 3

Lesson text: Mark 1:32-45 As Jesus’ fame begins to spread across Galilee, the demands for His miracles grow. The disciples, new to all this excitement, are initally swept up in the commotion. Jesus brings them back to the purpose of His mission, and they set out to preach in the region. As this point a leper asks Jesus for healing. Jesus heals the man but tells him to not spread the news of what Jesus has done. The man disregards…

Mark: Lesson 4

Lesson text: Mark 2:1-12 Most people have heard the account that begins Mark chapter 2. Four men drop their paralytic friend through the roof so that Jesus can heal him. Jesus’ first response is to tell the men that because of their faith the paralytic man’s sins are forgiven. This is the point where this encounter becomes much more than just a “story” told in children’s church. Lesson worksheet Header image by Guy Kawasaki on Unsplash

Mark: Lesson 5

Lesson text: Mark 2:13-28 This lesson covers the three central passages in Mark’s early section on the growing animosity toward Jesus on the part of the Jewish leaders. Jesus calls Matthew to be a disciple, after which they dine with tax collectors and “sinners.” The Pharisees then ask Jesus why He and his disciples do not practice fasting. Finally, the question of the Sabbath comes to the forefront, and Jesus makes its purpose clear. Lesson Worksheet Header image by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash.

Mark: Lesson 6

Lesson text: Mark 3:1-19 The first part of chapter three completes the conflict section begun in lesson 4. Jesus is watched closely by the Pharisees as He heals a man on the Sabbath. In the aftermath of this, the plot to kill Jesus begins to take shape. Knowing this, Jesus and His followers go down to the Sea of Galilee. There He heals many and drives out demons. People come from many miles away, far outside of Galilee, to be…

Mark: Lesson 7

Lesson text: Mark 3:20-35 The second half of chapter three brings Jesus’ earthly family into focus. They are concerned for His well-being as He ministers to the throngs who seek His help. While these well-meaning relatives and friends believe Jesus has lost His mind, the Jewish scribes on hand posit a much darker occurrence. They accuse Jesus of being not only possessed of a demon, but actually working in league with Satan. In turn, Jesus responds to both the scribes…

Mark: Lesson 8

Lesson text: Mark 4:1-20 The parable of the sower is one of the best known in the gospels. It points to the imperative of spreading the message of Jesus far and wide. But what about the four soils Jesus talks about in the parable? Much has been written about them over the last two thousand years. Lesson worksheet Header image by Vince Veras on Unsplash.

Mark: Lesson 9

Lesson text: Mark 4:21-41 Most of the remainder of chapter four recounts Jesus teaching in parables. Jesus explains that an individual will receive in proportion to what they commit. Those who demonstrate faith and a willingness to learn will be rewarded with more. Those who reject the message will lose what little they have received. Jesus then teaches about the growth of the church with two more agricultural parables. The chapter ends with Jesus calming the sea during an unexpected…

Mark: Lesson 10

Lesson text: Mark 5:1-20 Jesus encounters a demon-possessed man on the east side of the Sea of Galilee. In fact, the man is possessed with many demons. He introduces himself as Legion and pleads with Jesus to not drive the demons from the area. Instead, he asks Jesus to allow the demons to enter a herd of pigs. Jesus gives His permission and the demons transfer from the man to the herd. Startled, the pigs rush into the sea and…