The Inside Column 1/9

Posted in: The Inside Column- Sep 01, 2013 No Comments

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.

Can you believe it is September already? The year is just flying by! Almost time for our annual fair… Pretty soon there will be some sign up forms in the foyer for the church fair, and we will need as many people to help us we can get. The date for the fair is Saturday 2 November, so put that day aside to support us all here at St Barnabas. The Fair is our major fundraiser and a whole lot of fun as well.

Last week we started a new preaching series out of the Gospel of mark. Here is some background. 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 Mark’s 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 we 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. Jonathan has tickets available and you can book a ticket buy ringing the Church office. 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, come along and support the youth.

 

Have a great week!

Yours in Christ,

Philip

 

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