Teaching Notes are Bible studies we taught before GraceLife Ministries began publishing articles online in 1995. Some were presented as sermons, others as group studies.

Our hope is that these older studies will be a blessing to you in your life and ministry. Please use them in any way God leads you.

These teaching notes are from a series of studies about the Gospel of Mark.

[These notes are from a study prepared 45 years ago.]

Outline of Mark Chapter 3

I. Jesus heals on the Sabbath. (1-5)

II. Jesus’ life is plotted against by the Pharisees and Herodians. (6)

III. Jesus withdraws from the crowds to the Sea of Galilee. (7-12)

IV. Jesus appoints the twelve disciples and gives them power to heal sicknesses and cast out demons. (13-21)

Personal Interpretation of Mark Chapter 3

The Pharisees’ hearts were hardened to the signs of Christ’s Messiahship. Though He could heal men, they were more concerned about their interpretation of the Law. They had mixed traditions of men with the Law of God and perverted it. Jesus rebuked them and went on to heal the paralyzed hand. This led the Pharisees to leave in a huff and counsel with the Herodians to take the life of Christ. (1-5)

Jesus had done so much healing and casting out demons in the area that much was being demanded of Him by the multitudes. He chose to withdraw from the crowds lest the people try to force Him into taking over political control as King. (6-12)

Next, Christ went up into a mountain with the disciples and appointed 12 of them to go forth and preach. He gave them authority to heal and cast out demons. At this point, Jesus gave Peter his name. He surnamed James and John “The Sons of Thunder.” (13-21)

The scribes, beside themselves over the popularity of Christ among the people, accused Jesus of working miracles in the power of Satan. Christ rebuked them and warned them of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. (22-30)

The Lord used the appearance of His mother and brothers to illustrate the spiritual relationship that those who do the will of God will have with Him. (31-35)

Next Time

We will look at preaching applications from Chapter Three of the Gospel of Mark in the next part of our special series.

[Thank you for reading these teaching notes from 45 years ago. My prayer is they will be a blessing to you and your ministry.]