The Gospel of Mark: An Overview | Dr. Stephen Conley
The Author of Mark’s Gospel
- The human author of this Gospel is John Mark. This was validated by several early church fathers, including Papias in 120 A.D.
- He served with the Apostle Paul and became a useful servant of Christ. He was also a protégé of the Apostle Peter and drew his Gospel account primarily from him.
The Audience of Mark’s Gospel
- The Gospel of Mark was most likely written between A.D. 60-70, during the reign of Roman Emperor Nero.
- The Gospel of Mark was written to Gentile Christians in Rome who were enduring persecution for their faith and identity in Christ.
The Arrangement of Mark’s Gospel
- The Gospel of Mark can be divided up into two parts: The Identity of Jesus and the Mission of Jesus.
- The Gospel of Mark points us to Christ’s authority and service
The Aim of Mark’s Gospel
- The ultimate purpose and theme of Mark is to present and defend Jesus’ call to discipleship.
- As disciples of Christ, we are called into a relationship with Christ that compels us to follow Him and be shaped by Him.