I have been thinking about this new sermon series for the last 6 weeks or so. My favorite Gospel in the Christian Testament is the Gospel of Mark. I like it because it is short, fast paced, earthy, and to the point. This is, in the opinion of many scholars, though maybe not all, is the first of the four Gospels to be written. Much of Mark has been incorporated into Matthew and Luke.
And speaking of the shortness of Mark, I challenge all of us to read the entire Gospel, sixteen chapters in all, sometime in this coming week. Also, when you get to Chapter 16, notice the footnote at verse 8 and the “Shorter Ending of Mark” and the “Longer Ending of Mark”.
The sermon series that I will be embarking on beginning Sunday, January 11, will encompass the entire Gospel in 13 weeks. We begin at chapter 1 with Jesus’ baptism and end on Easter Sunday, April 5, with Chapter 16 and his resurrection. In between, we will follow Jesus from his ministry in Galilee to his death on the cross. Yes, we will be covering large chunks of Mark, at minimum one full chapter a week, but we will hear the Good News!
By the way, the title of the sermon series “The Beginning of the Good News” are the opening words of the Gospel According to Mark. Come journey with me and bring a friend with you.
Peace in Christ,
Pastor Gary Taylor