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                         "THE GOSPEL OF MARK"

                             Chapter One

Mark begins his gospel with the ministry of John the Baptist (1-8),
followed by Jesus' baptism by John and temptation by Satan (9-11). 
Jesus began his own ministry in Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of the
kingdom of God (12-15).  Selecting four fishermen to become His
disciples (16-20), He went to Capernaum where He taught in the
synagogue and cast out an unclean spirit (21-28).  At the house of
Simon (Peter) and Andrew, Jesus healed Peter's mother-in-law, and after
sunset healed many more (29-34).  The next morning after spending time
in prayer, Jesus started an itinerant ministry of preaching in the
synagogues throughout Galilee, casting out demons and healing a leper


   *  The concise, fast-paced nature of Mark's gospel

   *  The meaning of the phrase, "The time is fulfilled, kingdom of God
      is at hand"

   *  The purpose of the miracles of healing that Jesus performed


1) What are the main points of this chapter?
   - The ministry of John the Baptist - Mk 1:1-8
   - The baptism and temptation of Jesus - Mk 1:9-13
   - The beginning of Jesus' ministry in Galilee - Mk 1:14-45

2) What prophecies did John the Baptist fulfill? (2-3)
   - Malachi 3:1; Isaiah 40:3

3) What did John preach?  What did he promise? (4,8)
   - A baptism of repentance for the remission of sins
   - The coming of One who would baptize with the Holy Spirit

4) What two events led to the beginning of Jesus' ministry? (9-13)
   - His baptism by John; His temptation by Satan

5) What message did Jesus proclaim as He began His ministry? (14-15)
   - "The time is fulfilled...the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent...
     believe in the gospel." 

6) Who were selected to become His disciples? (16-20)
   - Four fishermen:  Simon and his brother Andrew, James and his brother

7) What miracles does Mark record as Jesus began His ministry in Galilee?
   - Casting out an unclean spirit in the synagogue at Capernaum
   - Healing the mother-in-law of Simon (Peter) of a fever
   - Healing many who were sick of various diseases, and casting out
   - Cleansing a leper who came to Him
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