How to Study Mark (NASB)
Mark is a fast-paced Gospel which emphasizes Jesus' works rather than His teachings. Although Jesus is referred to as a teacher a numbers of times, Mark shows Jesus' power and authority through the works He does as He goes about His Father's business.
In reading this Gospel you will notice the repeated use of the word immediately as Mark takes his reader from one event in the life of Jesus to another. These events and the works of Jesus show the reader Jesus' power and authority as the servant of God and man.
Chapter 1 -13.
Read through all of the instructions below before you begin working on chapters 1 - 13
4. Record in your notebook the main points of Jesus' teaching. whether the teaching comes as a result of healing, casting out demons, working a miracle, or responding to a question from either the disciples or the multitude. Also note the response of those who hear the teaching.
5. Look at every reference to the kingdom of God you marked and to the following:
a) Note when Jesus increases His emphasis on the kingdom of God.
b) Underline every prediction of Jesus' death and resurrection and note how it coincides with Jesus' emphasis on the kingdom of God.
c) Observe that in the first part of Mark , Jesus defines the kingdom of God, and then at chapter 9 the emphasis shifts to how to enter the kingdom.
d) Compile the main teaching from Mark about the kingdom of God in Gospels and the Kingdom of God. Note the chapter and verses as you do this.
6. After you finish reading and marking each chapter, record the theme of that chapter on Structure of Mark.
Chapters 14 - 16
1. When you read Mark's account, record the progression of events during the trial, death, burial and resurrection of Christ in The Arrest, Trial, and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and Account of Jesus' Resurrection, and in your notebook. Note the chapter and the verse beside each insight.
a) When you record the circumstances surrounding the resurrection of Jesus Christ, also note any post resurrection appearances recorded in Mark. After you do this for all four Gospels you will have comprehensive notes on everything that took place at this time in our Lord's life.
b) As you do this, remember that because Luke gives the consecutive order of events, it is a plumb line for the other Gospel records.
2) Complete Structure of Mark. Fill in any segment divisions you have seen from studying the book