19 Jul LOVE = REACH Day 36
There is so much we can learn about REACHING and serving when we read the book of Mark.
Let’s take a look at the Book of Mark
- Shortest of all the Gospels – 16 chapters
- Written for Gentiles
- Chronological Order
- Written by John Mark – not a disciple
- No genealogy in the first verse of Mark : because you don’t ask the pedigree of a servant. He doesn’t focus on his pedigree.
- Friend of Peter
Paul and Barnabas had a sharp argument over Mark. We know that Mark failed in the work of the Lord, Paul didn’t want to take Mark on the 2nd leg of the journey. He had somehow disappointed Paul or failed him. Barnabas took John Mark after their argument. Paul went ahead with Silas for his 2nd leg of ministry.
Mark was chosen to write about the servanthood of Jesus. God chose a servant who failed to write about the perfect servant, Jehovah, who never failed. His grace is so amazing.
II Timothy 4:11 – Paul was about to be martyred he said:
“Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.”
God restored Mark!
When we read Mark Chapter 1
The most frequently used word in Mark is “IMMEDIATELY.” It is the nature of a servant to do things Immediately.
- The word immediately is used 11 times in chapter 1
Throughout the book of Mark you will also notice the word “and” starting chapters, verses off 45 verses in chapter – 35 of them start with “and.”
- 16 chapters in the book of Mark – 11 of them open with “and”
- 1,200 times the word “and” is used in Mark.
The word “and” is a conjunction it adjoins clauses together.
This small word speaks of movement.
As servants, we know that there is still work to be done. We cannot waste time – we must move quickly.
In the book of Mark there are 3x’s more miracles mentioned than the Gospel of Matthew – why? When it comes to service – people don’t want to hear you tell stories – people want to see you produce. The theme of Mark is service – the divine service of Jesus. Mark 10 – tells us that Jesus came not to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for others. The Lord serves us until we are so full.
In the gospel of Mark we have 12 accounts of Jesus casting out demons. In Matthew, there are only 4 accounts of this. He served, but he had dominion over the invisible world. If we want power in the Kingdom of God – His power flows best to people who are lowly, and have a servant heart.
A great leadership culture is a by-product of a great serving culture
In conclusion, I believe the church should be known as people who serve. It impacts people when they see us stoop and serve. Let us learn from Mark about how we can serve with excellence. IMMEDIATELY – AND (IN MOTION).