The Inside Column 9/2

Posted in: The Inside Column- Feb 09, 2014 No Comments

Good Morning and a very warm welcome to all.

If you are visiting with us today we pray you will feel at home here at St Barnabas. Please make yourself known and feel welcome to stay for tea or coffee after the service.

Church camp next week, because a number of our parishioners will be at camp, we are having just one service at 9.30am on Sunday 16 February at St Barnabas. Bob Barrett , whose  passion is to see local communities of faith develop to their God-given potential, is preaching. Please let your friends who attend church here know about the service time change.

Over the last couple of months we have been reading through the Gospel of Mark. Here are some brief background facts:

  • Mark’s Gospel is 16 chapters long, by far the  shortest Gospel.
  • Mark leaves out accounts of Jesus’ birth, the Sermon on the Mount, and several of the most well known parables.
  • Luke and Matthew both contain the same story of Jesus’ life that we find in Mark.
  • Mark became popular, when biblical  scholars discovered it was the earliest written of the four Gospels, and was probably the primary source of information for the writers of Luke and Matthew.
  • Action dominates Mark’s gospel with a dramatic sense of urgency present.
  • Mark wrote his Gospel probably around the mid sixties AD – about 30 years after the events he’s describing.

The contents of Mark’s Gospel is split roughly into two halves, and answers three important questions:

“Who is Jesus?”  (Chapters 1-8)

“Why did Jesus come? and How should we respond?”  (Chapters 9-16)

We are up to Chapter 9 at the moment and looking at the questions “Why did Jesus come? and “How should we respond?” In Mark 9:35 the Twelve are singled out, and their position of leadership challenged. “If anyone would be first..” Jesus is not attacking leadership positions, but showing the way in which such roles should be exercised – as the “last . . . and servant of all”. This principle is exemplified by Jesus Himself who “Came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”.

The self-giving manner in which Jesus fulfils His messianic role -the first and foremost role in the kingdom, provides the standard for His disciples in whatever roles they might exercise in the kingdom of God. Challenging stuff!


Yours in Christ


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