The Gospels

{THE FOUR GOSPELS}

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{MARK}
  1. In Beginning - {PDF Copy} - (The Kingdom of God arrived in the ministry of Jesus starting with his baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist – Mark 1:1-3)
  2. The Forerunner - {PDF Copy} - (John the Baptist prepared the way for the Messiah, the herald of the Good News of the Kingdom of God – Mark 1:4-8)
  3. Rend the Heavens! -  {PDF Copy} - (The Spirit of God and the voice from heaven confirmed the calling and identity of Jesus – Son, Messiah, and Servant of the LORD)
  4. In Spirit and Fire - (At his baptism, the Spirit of God descended on Jesus, equipping him for his Messianic mission, the One who baptizes his followers in the Spirit) - {PDF Copy}
  5. The Kingdom Herald - {PDF Copy} - (After his baptism, the Spirit drove Jesus to the Wilderness to be tested by the Devil. But he overcame and succeeded where Israel failed)
  6. Servant or Caesar? - {PDF Copy} - (Satan offered Jesus unlimited political power to achieve his messianic mission if only he acknowledged the Devil as his overlord)
  7. Arrest and Fulfillment - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus began to proclaim the Gospel following the arrest of John, which represented the opposition that came to plague his ministry – Mark 1:14-15)
  8. Authority Over Ritual Purity - {PDF Copy} - (The touch of the Son of Man cleanses a leper; the forbidden contact does not render Jesus “unclean)
  9. Forgiving Sins - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus healed a paralytic. By doing so, he demonstrated the authority of the Son of Man to discharge the stain of sin – Mark 2:1-12)
  10. His Authority - {PDF Copy} - (He is the Son of Man foreseen by Daniel, the one with absolute authority from Yahweh over the earth)
  11. Authority Over the Sabbath - {PDF Copy} - (In response to the Jewish leaders that opposed him, Jesus demonstrated that he is Lord even of the Sabbath Day - Mark 2:23-3:6)
  12. Mercy, not Sacrifice - {PDF Copy} - (Forgiveness links the call of the tax collector to the healing of the paralytic - the Son of Man’s authority to discharge sins and restore men – Mark 2:13-17)
  13. Revealed on the Cross - {PDF Copy} - (The Son of Man is revealed and comprehended only in his sufferings and death for others on a Roman Cross)
  14. Seed and Sower - {PDF Copy} - (The Son of Man sows the seed of the Gospel in the world where it grows continually into the Kingdom of God until his return – Mark 4:1-20)
  15. Kingdom Parables - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus taught several parables concerning the Kingdom, its paradoxical growth, and its status in the world - Mark 4:21-34)
  16. Who is this Man? - (No one recognized who Jesus was except the demons cast out by him. Only in his sacrificial death is his identity be understood) -  {PDF Copy}
  17. Cost of Discipleship - {PDF Copy} - (To be the disciple of Jesus means taking up the cross and following in his footsteps, even if it results in impoverishment or death - Mark 6:7-30)
  18. Two Women Restored - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus healed two women, restoring both to a state of ritual purity – Mark 5:21-43)
  19. The Road to Calvary - (On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus explained what it meant to be the Messiah and the destiny of the suffering Son of Man - Mark 8:27-38) -  {PDF Copy}
  20. His Impending Death - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus explained that he was going to Jerusalem where the Son of Man would be arrested, tried, and executed – Mark 10:32-34)
  21. His Triumphal Arrival - {PDF Copy} - (At the end of his journey, his destination was the Temple in the center of the city – Mark 11:1-11)
  22. Jesus and Tradition - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus undermined the religious rationale for dietary restrictions. With the Messiah’s arrival, the old rituals lost their relevance)
  23. Embracing the Cross - {PDF Copy} - (To be the Messiah entailed suffering and death for others, and Jesus summoned his disciples to follow his example – Mark 8:31)

{MATTHEW}
  1. His Name is Jesus! - {PDF Copy} - (The name ‘Jesus’ means ‘Yahweh saves.’ In the Nazarene, the salvation promised to Israel has arrived in all its glory)
  2. Law and Prophets - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus came to fulfill all the things that were promised and foreshadowed in the Hebrew Scriptures, the Law and the Prophets)
  3. His Absolute Authority - {PDF Copy} - (At the end of his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus claimed absolute authority for his words. Disciples who ignore them risk his rejection – Matthew 7:21-28)
  4. In the Temple - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus gave his last discourse on Olivet following his final and symbolic departure from the Temple – Mark 12:41-13:4)
  5. Rumors of War - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus warned of coming deceivers who will mislead many and disseminate false information about the future and his return)
  6. Lord of All - {PDF Copy} - (Messianic promises from the Psalms are applied to the PRESENT reign of Jesus who possesses all authority in Heaven and on Earth)

{JOHN}
  1. The Living Word - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus is the Word made flesh in whom the glory of God is revealed, the same word by which God created all things)
  2. The Light of the World - (Jesus is the only true light in the world, a light that shines all the brighter in the darkness, and this light means life for men and women) - {PDF Copy}
  3. The Word Made Flesh - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus is the Logos made flesh, the true Tabernacle where the Glory of God is revealed and the One who reveals Grace and Truth – John 1:14)
  4. True and Greater Temple - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus is the Greater and Final Temple foreshadowed by the ancient Tabernacle and the later Temple building in Jerusalem)
  5. The Word Made Flesh - {PDF Copy} - (The fullness, grace, and truth of God are found only in the Word made Flesh, Jesus, who alone has seen the unseen God – John 1:14-18)
  6. Grace and Truth - {PDF Copy} - (The fullness, grace, and truth of God are found only in the Word made Flesh, namely, Jesus of Nazareth)
  7. His Dwelling Place - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus is the Greater Tabernacle in whom the presence and glory of God reside and manifest for all men to behold – John 1:14)
  8. His Glory Manifested - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus is the Word made flesh, the True Tabernacle where the glory of God is manifested, and He now resides – John 1:14)
  9. The House of God - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus is the true and only way of access to the Father, the Greater Bethel, and the House of God – John 1:47-50)
  10. The Final Temple - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus is the True and Final Sanctuary in which the glory of Yahweh dwells, the substance foreshadowed by the ancient Temple – John 2:13-22)
  11. Living Waters - True Worship - {PDF Copy} - (In Samaria, Jesus revealed that the presence of God no longer is limited to specific locations or man-made structures – John 4:20-24)

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