Gospel of Mark: An Outline

One way to win the ‘battle for truth’ is to study God’s Word, which is the ultimate truth. Here is an outline of the Gospel of Mark to guide your personal or small group Bible study.

The Issachar Teaching eLetter has been offering surveys of every one of the sixty-six books of the Bible, in the order that they are found. Our goal is to encourage personal and small group Bible studies, as a means of growing strong spiritually. As we continue and conclude this introduction to the Gospel of Mark, let’s remember a few main points:

  • It is the oldest and shortest of the four gospels;
  • It was written by John Mark, apostle to Africa, understudy to Barnabas, Paul, and Peter;
  • This gospel shows Jesus Christ as the tireless servant of God;
  • The key Greek word is eutheos, used forty-two times and translated ‘immediately’ or ‘straightaway;’
  • We also learned why the sometimes disputed verses in Mark 16:9-20 should be considered part of the canon of Scripture.

 

(Note: If you missed out on Parts 01 and 02 of our Gospel of Mark survey, they can be found on our website: tan.org.au).

Let’s finalise our introduction by offering this Outline of the Gospel of Mark. Have it handy when you endeavour to do your own study of this great gospel.

OUTLINE OF MARK

I. Part 01: The Energetic Servant Messiah (1:1-8:26)

A. Forerunner of Messiah (1:1-8)

B. Baptism of Messiah (1:9-11)

C. Temptation of Messiah (1:12-13)

D. Messiah’s Mission & Miracles (1:14-2:12)

    1. Messiah’s Work (1:14-15)
    2. Call of the Disciples (1:16-20)
    3. First miracles (1:21-2:12)

E.Opposition from the Pharisees (2:1-3:12)

    1. Friend of Sinners (2:13-22)
    2. Working on the Sabbath (2:23-28)
    3. Healing on the Sabbath (3:1-5)
    4. Pharisees seek to Destroy Him (3:6-12)

F. The Twelve Chosen (3:13-19)

G. Opposition from friends (3:20-21)

H. Scribes & the Unpardonable Sin (3:22-30)

I. Parables of the Messiah (4:1-34)

    1. Soil (4:1-20)
    2. Lamp (4:21-25)
    3. Seed that grows (4:26-29)
    4. Mustard seed (4:30-34

J. More Miracles from Messiah (4:35-5:43)

    1. Calms the Storm at Sea (4:35-41)
    2. Gadarene Demoniac & the Swine (5:1-20)
    3. Jairus & Jesus (5:21-24)
    4. Woman with Issue of Blood Healed (5:25-34)
    5. Healing of Jairus’ daughter (5:35-43)

K. Healings and Growing Opposition (6:1-8:26)

    1. Jesus Rejected in Nazareth (6:1-6)
    2. Disciples Sent on Mission (6:7-13)
    3. Execution of John the Baptist (6:14-29)
    4. Disciples: Mission Accomplished (6:30-31)
    5. Feeding of the 5000 (6:32-44)
    6. Jesus Walks on Water (6:45-52)
    7. Healings at Gennesaret (6:53-56)
    8. Pharisees & the Issue of Defilement (7:1-23)
    9. Retreat to the Gentiles (7:24-8:9)
    10. Pharisees Demand a Sign (8:10-13)
    11. Disciples Confused (8:14-21)
    12. Healing of the blind man (8:22-26)

II. Part 02: The Watershed (8:27-9:29)

A. Peter Confesses Jesus as Messiah (8:27-33)

B. Call and Cost of Discipleship (8:34-38)

C. The Transfiguration (9:1-13)

D. Demonic Son Delivered (9:14-29)

III. Part 03: The Suffering Servant Messiah (9:30-16:20)

A, Jesus Predicts His Death (9:30-32)

B. Doctrine for Disciples (9:33-10:45)

    1. Servant Attitude (9:33-41)
    2. Beware of Hell (9:42-50)
    3. Marriage & Divorce (10:1-12)
    4. Children and the Kingdom of God (10:13-16)
    5. Attitude to wealth – Rich Young Ruler (10:17-27)
    6. Leave and Receive 100-fold (10:28-31)
    7. The Crucifixion predicted (10:32-34)
    8. Key to Greatness (10:35-45)

C. Healing of Bartimaeus (10:46-52)

D. Jesus Enters Jerusalem (11:1-19)

    1. Triumphal Entry (11:1-11)
    2. Cursing of the Fig Tree (11:12-14)
    3. Cleansing of the Temple (11:15-19)

E. Doctrine on Prayer (11:20-26)

    1. Faith & Prayer (11:20-24)
    2. Forgiveness & Prayer (11:25-26)

F. Jerusalem: Increasing Opposition (11:27-12:44)

    1. Christ’s Authority Questioned (11:27-33)
    2. Question on taxes (12:13-17)
    3. Resurrection Questioned (12:18-27)
    4. The Greatest Commandment (12:28-34)
    5. Christ: Son of David? (12:35-37)
    6. Christ Reproves Jewish Leaders (12:38-44)

G. The Last Days (13:1-37)

    1. Questions of the Disciples (13:1-4)
    2. The Tribulation Period (13:5-23)
    3. Second Coming of Christ (13:24-27)
    4. The Fig Tree (13:28-31)
    5. Time to Watch (13:32-37)

H. Passion of Messiah (14:1-15:47)

      1. Conspiracy to Kill Messiah (14:1-2)
      2. Anointing at Bethany (14:3-9)
      3. Judas Plans to Betray Messiah (14:10-11)
      4. Preparation for Passover (14:12-16)
      5. Passover Celebrated (14:17-21)
      6. The First Lord’s Supper (14:22-25)
      7. Peter’s Denial Predicted (14:26-31)
      8. Jesus’ Prayer at Gethsemane (14:32-42)
      9. Judas Betrays Jesus (14:43-52)
      10. Trial of Jesus (14:53-15:14)
      11. Scourging of Jesus (15:15-23)
      12. Crucifixion of Christ (15:24-41)
      13. Burial of Christ (15:42-47)

IV. Part 04: Resurrection of Messiah (16:1-20)

A. The Resurrection of Christ (16:1-8)

B. Jesus Appears (16:9-14)

C. The Great Commission (16:15-18)

D. Ascension of Messiah (16:19-20)

 

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