According to one New Testament specialist, as far as we can tell, Mark is the first Christian book (memoir) about Jesus Christ to be written and circulated [Ralph Martin].
It is also the most action-orientated of the Gospels. Forty times Mark uses a Greek word usually rendered immediately or at once to portray the licketly-split action. In Mark, there are plenty of action-sequences.
The Gospel of Mark is the shortest of the four Gospels. It stresses the true identity of Jesus - he's the One promised long ago whom God would send to rescue the world. So it shouldn't surprise us that he possessed and exercised unique authority. Actually, his authority bothered a lot of people including those regarded as especially in touch with God!
Balmoral Chapel has long been known as a communtiy that values the example and teaching of our Lord. As we work through Mark's tight summary of Jesus' life, we hope you will be encourged "to obey everything" Jesus commanded (Mt. 28.20).
On November 30th, Terry Wiebe will be teaching from Mark 10:1-12 titled "Divorce". Since 1986, Canadian (married) couples have been able to obtain divorces without having to prove the 'fault' of either party. In other words, it's easy to get a divorce. This is similar to the situation of Jesus' day. What's really at the root of divorce? Jesus puts his finger on the cause, and therefore, the solution of marriage break-ups. Knowing this can help us all divorce-proof our marriages.
Please feel welcome to join us on Sunday at 10:30 AM as we worship together with singing (a mix of contemporary & traditional), prayer, expository teaching from the scriptures, and communion, all followed by fellowship over “coffee & sweets”. In addition, on the last Sunday of the month, we also meet from 9-10 AM for a service of communion, sharing and hymns. Everyone is welcome to join as we worship God together.