The Book of Mark: The Servant’s Manual (by John Hatcher)

John Hatcher, missionary to Brazil
The Book of Mark: The Servant’s Manual
The Principles and Example of Jesus the Servant found in the book of Mark
Master’s Purpose: To show how the servants of Christ can take the Gospel into all the world in their generation.

1. The purpose of the servant is to be a fisher of men. (1:17)
2. Do not be deterred by immediate success from reaching the goal – to fish for men unto the ends of the earth. (1:37-38) Every generation has the responsibility of reaching this goal.
3. A servant’s motivation must be love and compassion. (1:41)
4. Overcome comments of critics by action and not by idle arguments (2:8-12)
5. Fish for men everywhere: in the market, at the office, publicly and in the homes.  (2:8-12)
6. How to handle questions. Do not be turned aside by foolish questions.  Do not lose sight of the goal by useless interrogations.  (2:16, 18, 24)
7. How to handle opposition, accusations and persecutions: Do what is right and move on. (3:2-7a)
8. Servants are to reach multitudes. (3:7b-12)
9. Take time to choose and disciple faithful leaders. (3:13-19)
10. There will be enemies that appear among us.  (3:19)  Do as Jesus taught: Leave the enemies to Him. (Example: Judas)
11. Servants will sometimes be misunderstood and suspected falsely by their own families and friends.  (3:21-32)
12. Servants must teach in simple language. (4:2-9)
13. Servants need private instruction and disciplining and the presence of Jesus. (4:10-34)
14. Servants learn by weathering the storms. (4:37-41)
15. Fishers of men must face the impossible in order to learn that all is possible with God, as well as understanding the worth of a man created in the image of God. (5:13)
16. A true servant will leave a living witness where he is not permitted to remain. (5:19-20)
17. The servant must sometimes leave the multitudes to attend the plea of one needy person, and ignore the bad news and scoffers while doing so.  (5:22-24; 5:35-43)
18. As the servant helps one person others will be blessed.  (5:24-34)
19. Servants should not brag about successes.  (5:43)
20. Do not derail because of unbelief.  (6:1-5)
21. Servants must go, send and trust.  (6:6-13)
22. Great servants fall in battle. (6:14-29)
23. Servants must take time to rest. (6:31-32)
24. Multitudes without hope will move a servant’s heart to compassion.  They cannot send the hungry away.  The Master will supply all the servant needs to provide.  (6:34-38)
25. The servant must refuel, refresh, and rejoice in the presence of God. (6:48-51)
26. Servants, be not afraid.  Jesus will come to you in the midst of the storm. (6:48-51)
27. A servant’s success will create jealousy and useless questions based on the traditions of men that, if attended, will take us off track. (7:1-16)
28. Servants can become slow of understanding. (7:17-18)
29. Servants of God cannot harbor ill feelings against any man or race.  (7:27)
30. Servants should do all things well.  (7:37)
31. There will always be multitudes to feed.  Servant’s job: Feed them!
32. Servants handle disputes and arguments by leaving them.  (8:11-13) Jesus’ example: They disputed; He sighed; He left them.
33. Servants can be “blind as bats” when they are worrying about what they are going to eat.  (8:14-21)
34. The servant who hears well increases in faith, as he grows in faith hee is taught more. (8:27-31)
35. Servants do not instruct their Master. (8:32-33)
36. Servants that live for Christ must die to self.  (8:34-38)
37. In dying to self we are raised to transforming heights with Jesus; (9:1-13)  But we cannot stay on the mountain.
38. Fishermen will not catch fish while they waste their energies in fussing. (9:14-19)
39. Defeats in the valley often follow mountaintop experiences. (9:9-18)
40. Power and authority do not reside in servants.  The yielded servant becomes a channgel through which God’s power can flow. (9:19-30)
41. Servants can learn about their own unbelief and weakness from the need and unbelief of others. (9:23)
42. Without Christ the servant is useless. (9:29)
43. Servants are taught more and learn better after they discover their powerlessness without Jesus. (9:31)
44. Servants who want to be great will spend their time disputing with others and lose their power. (9:31-37)
45. Powerless servants will have a tendency to accuse and forbid others. (9:38-41)  Servants do not have the responsibility of judging.
46. Disputing and critical servants will offend little ones (even of their own families) and cause them to stumble.  (9:40-50)  Why are servant’s children often rebellious?
47. Needless questions are asked by those who want to divide.  (10:1-12)
48. Servants must recognize the value that Jesus puts on children.  (10:13-16)
49. How the servant is to deal with those who teach salvation by works? (10:17-27)
50. Faithful servants will be rewarded.  (10:28-30)
51. The closer we are to the cross the more careful we must be not to covet great positions. (10:33-40)
52. How the servant can become great. (10:41-45)
53. God always goes before the servant and prepares the means and the men. (11:1-8)
54. Servants share the glory of their Master.  (11:9-12)
55. Servants who are faithful will suffer for the Master’s cause.  (11:12-21)
56. The greatest need of a servant: Have faith in God.  (11:22)
57. God will hear and attend the servant’s prayer of faith.  (11:23-26)
58. Servants do not possess authority.  Their Master does.  (11:28-33)
59. How to handle enemy opposition: Know the Scriptures.  (12:1-34)
60. God’s servants need to know more than the accusers.  (12:36-37)
61. Servants of God can be deceived when they judge greatness as men do, (13:14); or when they are trouble about current events.  (13:5-37)
62. Servants must learn how to encounter and overcome the trickery of the wicked.  (14:1-2)
63. Servants must not criticize the gifts that others give.  (14:3-9)
64. There will be wicked ones who appear among the servants.  (14:10-11)
65. Jesus, the Master, though close to death, went before His servants in every detail and need; He does much more after the resurrection.  (14:12-16)
66. All servants are powerless in their own strength.  (14:17-51)
67. Servants fail when they trust in their own ability.  (14:53-72)
68. Victory is the result of dying to self—suffering.  Jesus gave the example: Silence, submission, suffering, the sentence of death and then VICTORY.  (15:1-38)
69. Servants in their own strength are devastated.  (15:39-16)
70. Servants are made strong and faithful by the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead.  (16:14)
71. In the power of Christ servants become flaming evangelists faithful unto death.  (16:15-20)

They went everywhere; They preached to all men;
God was with them; They reached their generation.
Our goal as fishers of men: To go everywhere;
To preach to all men; To reach the world in our generation,
God has promised His presence.

[The first 27 were expounded on Sunday Evening, August 16, 2009, by Bro. John Hatcher.]

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