Starting March 2017 Courageous Men of the Word is beginning a study of the Gospel of Mark. Mark, for whom this gospel is named, was a close companion of the Apostle Peter and a recurring character in the book of Acts, where he is known as “John whose surname was Mark”. John Mark was a cousin of Barnabas. Mark seems to have targeted Roman believers, particularly Gentiles. Mark presents Jesus as the suffering Servant of the Lord. His focus is on the deeds of Jesus more than His teaching, particularly emphasizing service and sacrifice. Mark demonstrated the humanity of Christ more clearly than any of the other evangelists, emphasizing Christ’s human emotions His human limitations, and other small details that highlight the human side of the Son of God. As we compare the various viewpoints in the gospels, it becomes clear how well they harmonize and lead to a more complete picture of the whole message. The accounts are not contradictory, but complementary, revealing a fuller understanding when brought together. In this study we will explore this entire Gospel, and it is our prayer that through your group discussions you may see God working in your life.