The Inside Column 25/8

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Good morning and a very warm welcome to all. If you are visiting we hope you feel at home, and we would love you to stay for a hot drink at the end of the service.

A very warm welcome to the Cathedral Choir today, thank you for coming to St Barnabas and joining in our service. I know you will be very much appreciated.


Today we also welcome Rev Andrew Burgess the Dean of BTC to preach to us today. I have ask Andrew to introduce our new series from the Gospel of Mark, to lay the foundations for us as we work our way through Mark over the next couple of mouths.

Mark’s Gospel is 16 chapters long, and it takes around an hour to read it. For a long time, the Gospel of Mark was the least popular of the Gospels, both among scholars and general readers. Luke and Matthew both contain the same story of Jesus’ life. Mark also leaves out accounts of Jesus’ birth, the Sermon on the Mount, and several of the most well known  parables. Mark became more popular, however, when biblical scholars discovered it was the earliest  of the four Gospels written, and was probably the primary source of information for the writers of Luke and Matthew.

In Marks Gospel action dominates, a dramatic sense of urgency is present, and Mark has a well developed sense of irony that permeates the Gospel.

Mark wrote his Gospel probably around the mid sixties AD—about 30 years after the events he’s describing. It’s clear from the details he includes that his writing is based on eyewitness accounts. According to the earliest sources, Mark was writing down the eyewitness account of Peter, Jesus’ closest friend.

Mark’s Gospel splits roughly into two halves, and answers three important questions:

Chapters 1-8: “Who is Jesus?”

Chapters 9-16: “Why did Jesus come? How should we respond?”

As you read through Mark, it’s worth asking yourself how what you’ve just read answers one of those questions.


Don’t forget the Men’s Dinner on the Friday 20 September, put it in your diaries now, and bring some friends. Real Estate agent Brent Sturm is the guest speaker. It’s a fundraiser for St Barnabas Youth to help pay for their Tear Fund child sponsorship .


Have a great week!


Yours in Christ,


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