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Explanation - The following list includes not only commentaries but other Christian works by well known evangelical writers. Most of the resources below are newer works (written after 1970) which previously were available only for purchase in book form or in a Bible computer program. The resources are made freely available by archive.org but have several caveats - (1) they do not allow copy and paste, (2) they can only be checked out for one hour (but can be checked out immediately when your hour expires giving you time to read or take notes on a lengthy section) and (3) they require creating an account which allows you to check out the books free of charge. To set up an account click archive.org and then click the picture of the person in right upper corner and enter email and a password. That's all you have to do. Then you can read these more modern resources free of charge! I have read or used many of these resources but not all of them so ultimately you will need to be a Berean (Acts 17:11+) as you use them. I have also selected works that are conservative and Biblically sound. If you find one that you think does not meet those criteria please send an email at https://www.preceptaustin.org/
Note these are in no particular order of preference.
Rosscup - One of America’s most appreciated staunchly evangelical Bible conference teachers gives diligent, refreshing expositions. These are all of his 23 separate, earlier books in the “Be” series on the New Testament. He strikes a particular appeal with lay people as he crystallizes sections, deals with some of the verses, handles certain problems and backgrounds and applies principles. He is premillennial.
Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament by Wiersbe, Warren W - Very useful for teaching and preaching.
Cyril Barber - This is a book of exceptional merit. Pastors, missionaries, and Christian workers will profit from its use. Wiersbe introduces each book of the NT, provides an outline, and then furnishes his readers with a chapter-by-chapter discussion of the contents. The homiletic style is a “plus.” Recommended.
With the Word - Devotional Commentary - Warren Wiersbe
Windows on the Parables by Wiersbe, Warren
Mark in the Greek New Testament for the English reader by Wuest, Kenneth - He is always worth checking for practical insights on the Greek words.
James Rosscup - This is a verse-by-verse evangelical, expository work which deals with the Greek text but does so in a way which the English reader can follow though he does not know Greek. It is a good book to give to a layman who is serious about studying Mark, and also helpful to the pastor or teacher.
Exalting Jesus in Mark - Daniel L. Akin. Conservative. Evangelical.
Exploring the Gospels : Mark - Jerry Vines. Well-known expository Baptist preacher and thus sounds like material that was preached in a series of sermons. Not bad, but not that deep. Generally verse by verse. Might give you some preaching or teaching ideas. Conservative. Evangelical.
Read, Mark, learn by John Blanchard (Simple introduction to Gospel of Mark)
The Gospel according to Mark : an introduction and commentary by Cole, R. A. (R. Alan),
Cyril Barber - Tyndale New Testament Commentaries. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1990. First published in 1961. A comparison of the expository sections of the two editions shows little change. The introduction, however, focuses on new work done in Markan studies over the last 30 years, and this is where Cole's contribution is truly remarkable. This commentary will continue to be of help to lay Bible students. Recommended.
James Rosscup - A minister in the Church of Southeast Asia wrote this evangelical study, concluding for Markan priority (p. 47) yet not for any direct literary dependence but Matthean, Markan and Lukan “use of the same, or similar tradition blocks” (p. 48). The commentary itself is provided with a 4-pp. outline set down at the outset and is terse but knowledgeable. Cole sees the Olivet Discourse as referring directly to the destruction of Jerusalem in A. D. 70, though he acknowledges that the meaning reaches on to later fulfillment also (p. 203), a double fulfillment of the same words.
Tim Challies - This is the most concise of the commentaries listed here (though it is still 340 pages) and will necessarily be limited by its size. However, smaller, more readable commentaries do have their place and the experts agree that this one is an excellent addition to any library. This or Edwards’ volume would likely be the best choice for the non-pastor.
Tim Matheson (Ligonier) - The Tyndale commentaries are non-technical and introductory-level commentaries, but they are surprisingly consistent in their high level of quality. Cole’s commentary on Mark is a good example.
The Gospel according to Saint Mark : an introduction and commentary by Cranfield, C. E. B
James Rosscup - One of the finer commentaries on Mark by the famous exegetical scholar from The University of Durham in Scotland. Cranfield is quite helpful on the Greek text, word meanings, customs etc., and is clear, insightful, and refreshing to those who believe in the historical veracity of words and events in Jesus’ ministry.
Tim Challies - This is the oldest commentary in the list (and do remember that I am focusing on newer commentaries since most of the older ones are now available for free). This one receives the highest commendation from Derek Thomas. Meanwhile, Westminster Seminary’s Dan McCartney summarizes what most people want us to know about it: “A little dated, but handy and dependable.” Carson points out that it speaks to a commentary’s quality when it remains in print fifty years after initial publication. Indeed.
The Gospel of Mark by Earle, Ralph
James Rosscup (referring to Everyman’s Bible Commentary which is not the same one above) - Here is a brief conservative survey by a professor (then) at the Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO. Earle is usually helpful. At times he is overly general, not nailing things down as on the identity of the second and third soils in Mark 4; at other times he commits himself, as in expecting a yet future, final fulfillment of the “abomination of desolation” in Mark 13.
The Bible Knowledge Background Commentary : Matthew-Luke by Evans, Craig A - This resource will give you very interesting insights and is worth checking on individual passages.
The Gospel according to Mark by Edwards, James R - Only 44 pages. Not his highly regarded commentary on Mark.
Article by Edwards - The Authority of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark - JETS 37, 1994
The Gospel of Mark : an exposition by Erdman, Charles R.
Rosscup - Concise treatments are given to each of the N. T. books. The main value of the set lies in its clear synthesis which helps the student grasp the flow of thought as he moves through a book. Erdman possessed a lucid writing style. He was amillennial.
The Gospel of Mark : a Commentary on the Greek text by France, R. T (New International Greek Testament Commentary)
James Rosscup - A noted scholar has an apt comment beginning his Introduction, that a commentary should be on the biblical book, not about commentaries on Mark (1), issues in Mark and not all the issues scholars can raise. Still, his footnotes cite many where he can draw help. He assumes that Mark wrote this gospel (6–9). He packs in much learning to shine light on verses, but with all due respect his ideas have misguided him to have Christ’s enthronement to have kingly, universal and eternal dominion here and now be the meaning of texts that are about Christ’s coming at the Second Advent (8:38; 13:26; 14:62, cf. pp. 32, 342–43, 534–35, 610–13). France has a good summary of textual evidence for excluding Mark 16:9ff. (685–88).
Tim Challies ranks this his #1 on Mark - Most commentators on commentaries reserve the top spot for France’s volume (Note that he has also written a top-five commentary on Matthew). While the NIGTC is more scholary than most other series, and requires at least some knowledge of Greek, D.A. Carson says it is still “remarkably accessible and includes a healthy mix of history, theology, social context, even warmth.” By way of context, I have rudimentary knowledge of Greek (one year of university-level) and find that I am able to make my way through these commentaries, though with some difficulty at times
Tim Matheson (Ligonier) - In my opinion, R.T. France has not only written the best commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, he has also written the best commentary on the Gospel of Mark. The New International Greek Commentary series is technical and does require a knowledge of the Greek language. For those who need something less technical, I suggest the commentaries by Lane, Strauss, and Edwards listed below.
A Theology of Mark's Gospel : Good News About Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God by Garland, David E
Cyril Barber (this critique relates to the NIV Application Commentary by Garland) - The NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1966. Possesses the criteria of a good lay person’s commentary. Pays close attention to interpretative issues, and ably bridges the gap between the era of the NT Gentile church and our own time. Using the historic present tense, Garland causes the events in Christ’s life to take on a vivid, contemporary flair. Footnotes direct the student to both primary and secondary source material.
Mark : A Commentary on His Apology for the cross by Gundry, Robert H.
Cyril Barber - This is one of the most detailed and technical commentaries on Mark’s gospel, and according to the publishers, the fullest and most precise in any language. It stresses the literary features of the text, but also states that Mark’s material stands somewhere toward the middle of the continuum between biography and mythology, between what is historically accurate and what is fictional. In approaching the text of Mark, Gundry turns from form- and redaction-criticism (both of which Gundry considers to be inappropriate when studying Mark) and treats the text as it stands. He pays close attention to a variety of literary devices: word order, chiasm, inclusio, asyndeton, and Mark’s use of the historic present tense. This work is remarkable for its erudition. It will be consulted by scholars for years to come. It is also hoped that preachers will be able to cull information from its 1069 pages.
James Rosscup - Cf. Gundry on Matthew for his view about midrash. Here, again, he offers prolific bibliography (32 pp.) and commentary so prolonged that details at times are user unfriendly for many, and it can be hard to locate individual verses in the pages of “Notes.” Gundry presents Jesus in His success yet in His self-denial and suffering unto the cross, a perspective so different from today’s health-and-wealth idea of discipleship (cf. 2–3). Explanation of details is ponderous, giving the patient much to consider. Frequent statements may be grasped only by an inner circle of scholars (cf. the first note on 39), and some will recoil at misleading claims such as one that Mark’s not mentioning disciples receiving the Spirit shows that Mark is “not interested in” this (38). A writer does not have to include every detail in which he has an interest! Gundry shows the future Second Advent context of certain predictions in Mark 13, but one must read with great alertness and sometimes re-reading to follow him. Overall, teachers, more studious pastors, and advanced students will find much stimulation in the thorough comments, as on issues in 4:26–29.
Mark : a Self-Study guide by Jensen, Irving - Master teacher in the area of inductive Bible study, therefore worth checking.
Studies in the Gospel of Mark by Kent, Homer Austin
Book of Mark : a life-changing story by Lucado, Max
Mark : a new translation with introduction and commentary (The Anchor Bible) Mann, Christopher Stephen.
Cyril Barber - The author boldly champions the priority of Matthew and Luke, but errs in assuming that Mark's gospel is merely a digest of the former two. His Introduction is very thorough, and should stimulate fresh discussion on the theme of this gospel. Valuable philological data is included from a variety of sources, and O'Callahan's thesis is tested in the discussion of 6:53-56 and elsewhere. The comments on the text are very brief, but the notes are full and have bibliographic references interspersed throughout. Of particular value to seminarians.
James Rosscup - Basically a liberal work but often profitable in technical aspects and thoroughness. He surveys scholarly thinking on Mark and reviews approaches of recent years. His bibliographies are valuable, and he frequently has good input on Greek grammar, words, customs in Jesus’ day, etc. In his mind, Mark is the third gospel to be written, and all three synoptics date before A. D. 70.
Mark, evangelist and theologian by Martin, Ralph P
Cyril Barber - A scholarly assessment of the scope of Mark's gospel with a suggestion for a new purpose and Sitz im leben.
The Communicator's Commentary. Mark by McKenna, David L. (Now published as Preacher's Commentary Series) Generally helpful for preaching and teaching.
The Expositor's Bible Commentary - 1994 edition - Abridged - New Testament
The Gospel according to Mark C F D Moule (1965)
The Servant Who Rules Mark 1-8 by Stedman, Ray C Always worth consulting his practical sound commentary.
Cyril Barber - An impressive treatment of Mark 1:1-8:26. Stedman stands in the tradition of Merrill Unger when it comes to hermeneutics and the application of the text to life. In this work Christ is presented as the believer's model, and through the unfolding of each scene in the narrative, Stedman shows how that may be accomplished. Recommended.
The Ruler Who Serves Commentary on Gospel of Mark by Stedman, Ray C. Always worth consulting his practical sound commentary. This work is volume 2 on Mark 8:27-16:20.
Cyril Barber - A beautiful, thematic exposition of Mark 8:27-16:20. Well deserving of a place in every preacher's library. Warmly recommended
General Articles, Matthew, Mark by Turlington - Broadman Bible Commentary
Mark : a Study Guide commentary by Vos, Howard Frederic
Cyril Barber - A well-reasoned, thematic study that proves again that sometimes the most valuable things come in small packages. Of great value to laypeople who desire to obtain a good grasp of this material.
Interpreting the Parables by Blomberg, Craig
Chronological and Background Charts of the NEW TESTAMENT - Pdf - D Wayne House - outstanding compilation of charts - check this one out!. This book can also be borrowed = Chronological and background charts of the New Testament
STUDY BIBLES - ONE VOLUME COMMENTARIES OF ENTIRE BIBLE, BIBLE DICTIONARIES, GENERAL REFERENCE WORKS
Note: The first 4 resources have no time restriction and allow copy and paste function:
(1) KJV Bible Commentary - Hindson, Edward E; Kroll, Woodrow Michael. Over 3000 pages of the entire OT/NT. Well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective. Pre-millennial. User reviews - it generally gets 4/5 stars from users. - 372 ratings
Very well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective user reviews
The King James Version Bible Commentary is a complete verse-by-verse commentary. It is comprehensive in scope, reliable in scholarship, and easy to use. Its authors are leading evangelical theologians who provide practical truths and biblical principles. Any Bible student will gain new insights through this one-volume commentary based on the timeless King James Version of the Bible.
(2) The King James Study Bible Second Edition 2240 pages (2013) (Thomas Nelson) General Editor - Edward Hindson with multiple contributing editors. . 3,194 ratings. Pre-millennial. See introduction on How to Use this Study Bible.
(3) NKJV Study Bible: New King James Version Study Bible (formerly "The Nelson Study Bible - NKJV") by Earl D Radmacher; Ronald Barclay Allen; Wayne H House. 2345 pages. (1997, 2007). Very helpful notes. Conservative. Pre-millennial. 917 ratings
(4) The Wycliffe Bible Commentary - only the New Testament - Burdick, Donald W. “Mark,” in Wycliffe Bible Commentary, ed. C. F. Pfeiffer and E. F. Harrison. Chicago: Moody, 1962. 1,525 pp. Strictly speaking not a study Bible, but short notes are similar. KJV text in left column, commentary notes in right column. The comments are generally verse by verse, short, conservative and to the point. Pre-millennial. (Borrow OT - Wycliffe Bible Commentary)
Rosscup on Burdick's commentary - A careful New Testament scholar from Conservative Baptist Seminary, Denver, is the author. He has provided a solid, well-organized and knowledgeable study from a conservative, premillennial viewpoint. Though brief it is worth the time.
The MacArthur Study Bible - John MacArthur. Brief but well done notes
ESV Study Bible - Excellent resource but not always literal in eschatology and the nation of Israel
HCSB Study Bible : Holman Christian Standard Bible General Editor Jeremy Royal Howard (2010) 2360 pages. Conservative. Good notes. Include Holmans excellent maps.
The David Jeremiah study bible - (2013) 2208 pages. Logos.com - "Drawing on more than 40 years of study, Dr. David Jeremiah has compiled a legacy resource that will make an eternal impact on generations to come. 8,000 study notes. Hundreds of enriching word studies"50+ Essentials of the Christian Faith" articles."
NIV Study Bible - (2011) 2570 pages - Use this one if available as it has more notes than edition below. One hour limit
NIV Study Bible by Barker, Kenneth L; Burdick, Donald W (1995) 2250 pages. This is the first edition. This resource has been fully revised in 2020. One hour limit
The Ryrie Study Bible - Charles Ryrie (1978) 2142 pages. Conservative.
The Defender's Study Bible : King James Version by Morris, Henry M. Excellent notes for well known creationist.
Believer's Bible Commentary by MacDonald, William (1995) 2480 pages. Conservative. Millennial. Often has devotional bent.
Dr. John MacArthur, Jr. - "Concise yet comprehensive - the most complete single-volume commentary I have seen."
Warren Wiersbe - "For the student who is serious about seeing Christ in the Word."
The Word in life Study Bible - Very interesting format. Not your routine study Bible. Worth checking the very informative notes. (e.g., here is a picture of Jesus' post-resurrection appearances.)
The Experiencing God Study Bible : the Bible for knowing and doing the will of God - Blackaby, Henry (1996) 1968 pages - CHECK THIS ONE! Each chapter begins with several questions under the title "PREPARE TO MEET GOD." Then you will interesting symbols before many of the passages. The chapter ends with a "DID YOU NOTICE?" question. This might make a "dry chapter" jump off the page! Read some of the 48 ratings
Compact Bible commentary by Radmacher, Earl D; Allen, Ronald Barclay; House, H Wayne, et al - 954 pages. 424 ratings Multiple contributors to the comments which are often verse by verse. The comments are brief but meaty and can really help your study through a given book. A sleeper in my opinion.
NIV cultural backgrounds study Bible. bringing to life the ancient world of scripture Keener, Craig and Walton, John. Editors (2017)
Eerdmans' family encyclopedia of the Bible (1978) 344 pages
Eerdmans' handbook to the Bible (1983) 688 pages
The Lion handbook to the Bible - (1999) 822 pages. This resource is absolutely loaded with very nice color pictures and charts.
Tyndale handbook of Bible charts & maps by Wilson, Neil
The illustrated guide to Bible customs & curiosities by Knight, George W. (George William),
Today's handbook of Bible times & customs by Coleman, William L
The Shaw pocket Bible handbook - Editor - Walter Elwell (1984) 408 pages.
"This hardback is small in size but packed full of content: Brief summaries of every book of the bible, cultural, archaeological and historical info, word definitions, pictures, maps and charts." Worth checking!
Unger's Commentary on the Old Testament (Volume 2 - Isaiah - Malachi) by Unger, Merrill Frederick, 1909- (1981) 972 pages.
Zondervan illustrated Bible backgrounds commentary - New Testament - 552 pages. (2002) See user reviews.
The new Unger's Bible dictionary by Unger, Merrill Frederick, 1909-
Survey of the Bible : introductory insights, background studies, book-by- book survey by Unger, Merrill Frederick
The parallel New Testament and Unger's Bible handbook : produced for Moody monthly by Unger, Merrill (1975) 744 pages 4 ratings
The Hodder Bible handbook by Unger, Merrill
Nelson's expository dictionary of the Old Testament by Unger, Merrill
The new encyclopedia of Christian quotations by Water, Mark
Zondervan illustrated Bible backgrounds commentary - Matthew, Mark, Luke
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery - free for use online with no restrictions (i.e., you do not need to borrow this book). Editors Leland Ryken, J C Wilhoit, Tremper Longman III - This is a potential treasure chest to aid your preaching and teaching as it analyzes the meaning of a host of Biblical figures of speech. Clue - use the "One-page view" which then allows you to copy and paste text. One downside is there is no index, so you need to search 3291 pages for entries which are alphabetical.
DANIEL AKIN - sermons
- Mark 4:1-20 Do You Have Ears That Hear?
- Mark 4:21-34 What Do We Learn About Jesus And His Kingdom From A Lamp, A Bunch of Seeds, And One Small Seed?
- Mark 4:35-41 The One Who Can Control The Storm
HENRY ALFORD The New Testament for English Readers
James Rosscup writes that Alford's series on the New Testament "contains much that is valuable in the Greek New Testament...though all of the Greek New Testament words have been changed to English throughout." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)
W C ALLEN
JOSEPH A ALEXANDER
Spurgeon's critique - Alexander expounds Mark as an independent record, and does not constantly tell us to “see Matthew and Luke.” Hence the book is complete in itself, and the author’s learning and care have made it invaluable.
- Commentary on the Gospel of Mark - 488 pages
PAUL APPLE Commentary on the Gospel of Mark
WILLIAM BARCLAY Commentary on the Gospel of Mark Daily Study Bible
D Edmond Hiebert - Prints the author's own translation. Valuable for its numerous helpful word studies and background material. Barclay holds that Christ's descent into Hades gave those who there heard Him a second chance.
Comment: I appreciate Barclay's unique insights on Greek words, but clearly his teaching about a "second chance" is NOT sound doctrine! Be an Acts 17:11 Berean with Barclay. See discussion of his orthodoxy especially the article "The Enigmatic William Barclay".
ALBERT BARNES Commentary on the Gospel of Mark Notes on the New Testament
BRIAN BELL Sermons on Mark
- Mark 4 - sermon notes compiled
CHRIS BENFIELD SERMONS
- Mark 4:1-20 Sowing and Harvest
- Mark 4:21-25 Responding to the Light
- Mark 4:26-29 Incapable, yet Faithful
- Mark 4:30-34 Little is Much
- Mark 4:35-41 The Master of the Storm
JOHANN BENGEL Gnomon of the New Testament
JOHANN BENGEL The Critical English Testament
Combination of Gnomon above + Comments by other expositors [in brackets] (Recommended if not conversant with Greek)
BIBLE.ORG RESOURCES Resources that Reference Mark
BRIAN BILL Sermons on Mark
Pastor Bill's sermons are recommended as they focus on Scripture with frequent illustrations, quotes and practical applications.
- Mark 4:1-20 Sowing the Seed
- Mark 4:26-29 God Brings Growth
- Mark 4:21-34 Unstoppable Growth
- Mark 4:35-41 Finding Peace in Storms
JIM BOMKAMP SERMONS
- Mark 4:1-20 The Parable Of The Sower
- Mark 4:21-34 Jesus Says To Let Our Light Shine
- Mark 4:35-41 Jesus Starts To Cross The Lake
HORATIUS BONAR - Light and Truth - Select passages
A B BRUCE The Expositor's Greek Testament Commentary
BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR Commentary
CAMBRIDGE GREEK TESTAMENT FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES Commentary on the Gospel of Mark
Rosscup writes - "This is an excellent liberal study of the book from the standpoint of the Greek. There are excellent cross-references on key words, and usually serious efforts to explain the meaning." (Ed note: The word "liberal" is cause for considerable discretion if you use this work by Alfred Plummer.)
CAMBRIDGE BIBLE FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES Commentary on the Gospel of Mark
JOHN CALVIN Commentary on the Gospel of Mark
Note: Calvin combines the synoptic Gospels and thus does not have a completely separate commentary on Mark
ALAN CARR Sermons on the Gospel of Mark
- Mark 4:1-20 The Parable Of The Soils
- Mark 4:21-25 You Can't Hide From The Light
- Mark 4:26-29 The Parable Of The Growing Seed
- Mark 4:26-29 Principles Of Kingdom Growth
- Mark 4:30-34 The Message Of The Mighty Mustard Seed
- Mark 4:34-41 Our Matchless Redeemer
- Mark 4:35-41 The Master Of The Deep
- Mark 4:35-41 One Night Upon The Sea
- Mark 4:35-41 Getting The Second Fear First
- Mark 4:36-41 What Manner Of Man Is This?
RICH CATHERS Sermons
D MARION CLARK Sermons - opens a Word Document
- Mark 4.1-20 Good Topsoil
- Mark 4:14-20 The Good Soil
- Mark 4.21-25 A Time to Hear
- Mark 4.26-34 The Real Miracle-Grow
- Mark 4.35-41 The Terrifying Question
- Mark 4:35-41 Caught in a Storm
W A CRISWELL SERMONS ON GOSPEL OF MARK
ADAM CLARKE Commentary on the Gospel of Mark Click for caveat on Clarke
THOMAS CONSTABLE Expository Notes and Commentary
RON DANIEL Sermon Notes on the Gospel of Mark
DEFENDER'S STUDY BIBLE Notes on the Gospel of Mark Dr Henry Morris
- Mark 4:2 parables doctrine
- Mark 4:12 not perceive
- Mark 4:13 this parable
- Mark 4:21 under a bushel
- Mark 4:25 to him shall be given
- Mark 4:26 And he said
- Mark 4:33 as they were able to hear it
- Mark 4:35 the same day
- Mark, theology of - Baker's Evangelical Dictionary
- Mark - Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament
- Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible Mark (John)
- Mark, John - International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
- Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia John mark
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia Mark, John
- Fausset Bible Dictionary Mark, John
- Holman Bible Dictionary Mark, John
DAN DUNCAN Gospel of Mark Sermons
- Mark Commentary - 4
J N DARBY
ALFRED EDERSHEIM - Jewish believer in Messiah
- What Messiah did the Jews Expect?
- The Baptism of Jesus: Its Higher Meaning - Mt. 3:13-17; Mark 1:7-11; Luke 3:21-23; John 1:32-34
- The Temptation of Jesus - Mt. 4:1-11; Mark 1:12, 13; Luke 4:1-13.
- The First Galilean Ministry — Mt. 4:13-17; Mk 1:14, 15; Luke 4:15-32
- By the Sea of Galilee - the Final Call of the First Disciples, and the Miraculous Draught of Fishes - Mt. 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:1-11
- A Sabbath in Capernaum (Mt 8:14-17; Mark 1:21-34; Luke 4:33-41.)
- THE STORY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST, FROM HIS LAST TESTIMONY TO JESUS TO HIS BEHEADING IN PRISON (1. St. John 3:25–30. 2 St. Matt. 9:14–17; St. Mark 2:18–22; St. Luke 5:33–39. 3. St. Matt. 11:2–14; St. Luke 7:18–35. 4. St. Matt. 14:1–12; St. Mark 6:14–29; St. Luke 9:7–9.)
- THE TWO SABBATH-CONTROVERSIES—THE PLUCKING OF THE EARS OF CORN BY THE DISCIPLES, AND THE HEALING OF THE MAN WITH THE WITHERED HAND (St. Matt. 12:1–21; St. Mark 2:23–3:6; St. Luke 6:1–11.)
DWIGHT EDWARDS - pithy and practical
EXPOSITOR'S DICTIONARY OF TEXTS Gospel of Mark
EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE COMMENTARY Gospel of Mark G A Chadwick
DON FORTNER -
Mark Sermon Outlines - 79 messages - available titles:
- Mark 4:35-41 A Parable Of Every Believer's Life
- Mark 4:35-41 The Voyage
- Mark 4:30-34 The Parable Of The Mustard Seed
- Mark 4:26-29 Spiritual Growth
- Mark 4:21-25 Some Matters Of Personal Responsibility
- Mark 4:1-20 The Parable Of The Sower
A C GAEBELEIN
GENE GETZ - short video emphasizing principles
- Mark 4:1-20;Being Faithful Witnesses: Although many will not respond positively, we are to communicate the message of the Bible faithfully, both by word and by example. Video
- Mark 4:21-34; God's Power: We must remember that salvation and spiritual growth are always a supernatural process.Video
- Mark 4:35-41; Trusting God: Regardless of the challenges we face as Christians, we are to trust God to deliver us. Video
RICHARD GLOVER - "A Teacher's Commentary" - an older work (1884), but with excellent devotional comments
Review - Richard Glover (1837-1919) minister of Tyndale Baptist Church, Bristol has a very fine devotional commentary hidden under a bad title. “A Teachers Commentary on Matthew” (also a separate volume on Mark) is misleading, sounds D.O.A., and is easily passed over for something glossy. But as far as commentaries are concerned, Glover’s title is one of his only weaknesses. Glover writes with a deceptively simple style. He meditates on the text in front of him, looks for the heart, feeling, and experimental sense, gives instructive hints primarily for meditation but is wholly quotable. In a word, he is a fine example of expository writing,
DOUG GOINS Sermons on the Gospel of Mark
- Mark 4:1-20 The kingdom Of God Is Mystery - Mp3 only
- Mark 4:21-34 The Kingdom Of God Is Hidden - Mp3 only
- Mark 4:35-41
GOTQUESTIONS - Related to the Gospel of Mark
- Gospel of Mark - Bible Survey
- Why did God give us four Gospels?
- What is the harmony of the Gospels?
- When were the Gospels written?
- Who was John Mark in the Bible?
- What can we learn from the life of John the Baptist?
- What were the key events in the life of Jesus Christ?
- Why did Jesus teach in parables?
- Mark 4:9, 23 What did Jesus mean when He said, “He who has ears to hear”?
- Mark 4:26-29 What is the meaning of the Parable of the Growing Seed?
- Mark 4:30-32 What is the meaning of the Parable of the Mustard Seed?
- Mark 4:13-20; What is the meaning of the Parable of the Sower?
- Mark 4:35–36 What is the significance of Jesus calming the storm?
L M GRANT -
SCOTT GRANT Sermons
- Mark 4:1-20 Seeds of Hope
- Mark 4:21-25 Into the Mystery
- Mark 4:26-34 Seeds of Significance
- Mark 4:35-41 Questions of Faith
DAVE GUZIK Commentary on the Gospel of Mark
This expositional Bible study of the Gospel of Mark was written by Dr. Daniel Hill when he was the Pastor of Southwood Bible Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He taught the complete book, verse by verse. These are well done and have frequent points of practical application.
F B HOLE
DAVID HOLWICK SERMONS Frequent illustrations.
HOLMAN STUDY BIBLE NOTES
H A IRONSIDE'S NOTES Gospel of Mark
ICC NEW TESTAMENT COMMENTARY Commentary on the Gospel of Mark E. P. Gould
LOWELL JOHNSON - well-done sermons providing a good template for your sermon
- How Receptive Is Your Heart? Mark 4: 01-20
- Faith In The Midst Of The Storm Mark 4: 35-41
JOHN DANIEL JONES - Biography
Note - Has wonderful devotional and pragmatic flavor.
Congregational preacher J.D. Jones brings out some of the most applicable lessons from Mark without dodging the difficult passages, and in doing so delivers what Warren Wiersbe calls “one of the best” commentaries on Mark." Now that is high praise! (from Logos.com)
J P LANGE Commentary on the Gospel of Mark
JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN Commentary on the Gospel of Mark
HAMPTON KEATHLEY IV
DAVID LEGGE Sermons on the Gospel of Mark
- Mark 4:1-20 A Parable On Parables - Part 1
- Mark 4:1-20 A Parable On Parables - Part 2
- Mark 4:21-25 The Parable Of The Lamp And Its Stand
- Mark 4:26-29 The Parable Of The Growing Seed
- Mark 4:30-34 The Parable Of The Growth Of The Mustard Seed
- Mark 4:35-41 In The Same Boat
JOHN LIGHTFOOT Commentary on the Gospel of Mark
JOHN MACARTHUR Sermons on the Gospel of Mark
- Mark 4:1-20 A Survey of the Soils
- Mark 4:1-20 A Diagnosis of the Soils, Part 1
- Mark 4:1-20 A Diagnosis of the Soils, Part 2
- Mark 4:21-34 How to Listen to the Lord
- Mark 4:35-41 Calming the Storm
ALEXANDER MACLAREN Sermons on the Gospel of Mark
- Mark 4:10-20 Four Soils for One Seed
- Mark 4:21 Lamps and Bushels
- Mark 4:35-41 The Storm Stilled
- Mark 4:36, 38, The Toiling Christ
F B MEYER Our Daily Homily or Our Daily Walk
H A W MEYER
J VERNON MCGEE 'Thru the Bible'
BRYN MACPHAIL SERMONS
- Mark 4:1-20 Are We Hearing, But Not Hearing
- Mark 4:26-30 Healthy Things Grow
- Mark 4:26-35 God's Expanding Kingdom
JEFF MILLER Notes
J R MILLER - sermons and devotional
- Mark 4:14 and Mark 4:21 Devotionals - Aug 26
G CAMPBELL MORGAN
G CAMPBELL MORGAN Mark Commentary
Cyril J. Barber - Emphasizes the concept of ‘service’ as the key to understanding this Gospel, and provides a fast-moving chronological exposition. Morgan’s works should be in every preacher’s library.”
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- Or Download 239 Page Pdf
- Mark 4:1-34 He Taught Them Many Things
- Mark 4:35-41 Who Then is This?
- Mark 4:35-41 Oh Yes, He Cares! - illustrations, quotes
Spurgeon - “A deeply learned work; we know of none more thorough. Differing as we do from this author’s theology, we nevertheless set a high price upon this production.”
Cyril Barber - A very full, devotional treatment. The overall strength of this exposition far outweighs its syntactical deficiencies.”
NET BIBLE NOTES
JAMES NISBET Church Pulpit Commentary
OUR DAILY BREAD Devotional and Sermon Illustrations
- Mark 4 - compilation
- Mark 4:8 Good Soil
- Mark 4:1-20 Corn Palace
- Mark 4:1-20 Sow What?
- Mark 4:1-9 Gardening Tips
- Mark 4:20 Weed Control
- Mark 4:20 Gardening Tips
- Mark 4:26-32 You Never Know
- Mark 4:28 You Never Know
- Mark 4:33-41 Christ In The Storm
- Mark 4:35-41 Terror Or Trust?
- Mark 4:35-41 Calming The Storm
- Mark 4:35–5:1 The Storms of Life
- Mark 4:35-41 The Perfect Storm
- Mark 4:35-41 Life’s Storm-Tossed Sea
- Mark 4:35-41 Perception Or Reality?
- Mark 4:35-41 In The Storm
- Mark 4:35–5:1 No Worries
- Mark 4:36–41 Growing in the Wind
- Mark 4:39 Lord, Don't You Care?
- Mark 4:39 Peace, Be Still
JOSEPH PARKER The People's Bible Commentary on the Gospel of Mark
|Celebrate God's Word - Act on It!||Mark 4 :1-2||Bible; God's Word; Faith||James H. Cook, Jr.|
|Harvest||Mark 4 :26-29||Soul Winning; Witnessing; Evangelism||Jerry N. Watts|
|Sailing Stormy Seas||Mark 4 :35-41||Storms of Life; Hardships; Faith; Jesus, Power of||J. Mike Minnix|
|A Storm and a Story of a Scarce Faith||Mark 4 :35-41||Faith||David E. Owen|
|The Storms of Life||Mark 4 :35-41||Problems; Troubles||J. Mike Minnix|
|The Unsinkable Ship||Mark 4 :35-41||Tragedy; Faith; Security||Franklin L. Kirksey|
|He Is In Your Storm||Mark 4 :35-41||Trouble; Faith; Hardships; Storms of Life||Johnny Hunt|
|Let Freedom Ring||Mark 4 :35-41||Freedom; Independence Day; America||Kenneth Hendricks|
GENE PENSIERO - sermons
J C PHILPOT
- Mark 4:28 The Earth Brings Forth Fruit - Go to Sept 15th
- Mark 4:34 When They were Alone - Go to April 4th
MATTHEW POOLE English Annotations on the Holy Bible
PREACHER'S COMPLETE HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY Gospel of Mark
THE PULPIT COMMENTARY Gospel of Mark: Scroll Down Page for the Homilies
- Here is another source of the Homilies by Chapter - Mark 4 Pulpit Commentary Homiletics
- Mark 4 Commentary1
ROBERT RAYBURN SERMONS
- Mark 4:1-20 The Parable of the Sower
- Mark 4:21-25 Hidden, Only Then Disclosed
- Mark 4:26-34 The Growth of the Kingdom of God
- Mark 4:35-41 Christ Stilling the Storm
REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE STUDY NOTES
- Mark 4:2
- Mark 4:3–8
- Mark 4:9
- Mark 4:10
- Mark 4:11
- Mark 4:13
- Mark 4:14–20
- Mark 4:19
- Mark 4:22
- Mark 4:24
- Mark 4:25
- Mark 4:30–32
- Mark 4:32
- Mark 4:33–34
- Mark 4:35
- Mark 4:37
- Mark 4:38
- Mark 4:39
KIM RIDDLEBARGER - Downloads Pdf about 7 pages
- The Farmer Sows the Word -- Mark 4:1-20
- The Kingdom of God is Like . . . -- Mark 4:21-31
- Who Is This? -- Mark 4:35-41
A. T. ROBERTSON Word Pictures on the Gospel of Mark
DON ROBINSON Sermons on Mark
- Mark 4:1-34 Exploring the Gospel of Mark, Part 2
- Mark 4:35-6:29 Exploring the Gospel of Mark, Part 3
J C RYLE Commentary on the Gospel of Mark
ROB SALVATO SERMONS
- The Gospel of Mark Volume 1 - Bible Notebook
- The Gospel of Mark Volume 2 - Bible Notebook
- Mark - A Named Called Mark
CHARLES SIMEON Sermons on the Gospel of Mark
NOTE: If you are not familiar with the great saint Charles Simeon see Dr John Piper's discussion of Simeon's life - you will want to read Simeon's sermons after meeting him! - click Brothers We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering
CHUCK SMITH Commentary and Sermon Notes
JAMES SMITH HANDFULS OF PURPOSE
Click here for the following studies on the Gospel of Mark
R C SPROUL - Devotionals from Ligonier Ministries
C. H. SPURGEON
- Mark 4 - Exposition
- Mark 4:24. — Hearing with Heed - sermon notes
- Mark 4:5,6 Seed Upon Stony Ground
- Mark 4:17 No Root in Themselves
- Mark 4:24 Hearing with Heed
- Mark 4:26-29 What the Farm Labourers Can Do and What They Cannot Do
- Mark 4:33, 34 Teaching for the Outer and Inner Circles
- Mark 4:38 Christ Asleep in the Vessel
- Mark 4:40 Why is Faith So Feeble?
- Mark 4:40 A Painful and Puzzling Question
- Mark 4:41 Matthew 8:27, With the Disciples on the Lake of Galilee
- Click here for the following devotional Mark 4:36 There were also with him other little ships
RAY STEDMAN Sermons on the Gospel of Mark
HENRY BARCLAY SWETE (1902)
Rosscup writes - "Swete’s work is one of the best older conservative commentaries on the Greek text. Swete was an Anglican minister and a scholar in Latin, Greek, and theology, and taught at Cambridge. He does a fairly good job on the Messianic character of the suffering Servant."
D A Carson says that Swete's commentary is "dull and stodgy, in spite of its thorough scholarship."
- Mark Commentary Main Page (heavy on Greek) -
- Enter page # in parenthesis to go to respective chapter
Mark 1 (p1)
THIRD MILLENNIUM Notes on the the Gospel of Mark
- Parables of the Kingdom - Mark 4:1-34
- A farmer went out to sow his seed - Mark 4:1-9
- But to those on the outside everything is said in parables - Mark 4:10-13
- The farmer sows the word - Mark 4:14-20
- Whoever has will be given more - Mark 4:21-25
- A man scatters seed on the ground - Mark 4:26-29
- It is like a mustard seed - Mark 4:30-34
- The Parables of Jesus - Mark 4:34
- Jesus' Kingdom Ministry: Decapolis - Mark 4:35-5:20
- Even the wind and the waves obey him - Mark 4:35-41
DEREK THOMAS SERMONS
- Mark 4:1-20 Gardening Tips
- Mark 4:21-34 Speaking In Riddles
- Mark 4:35-41 God-Man - David Strain
- Mark 4:35-41 Master and Commander
GEOFF THOMAS SERMONS
- 4:1-20 The Parable of the Sower
- 4:21-25 Consider Carefully What You Hear
- 4:26-29 The Mysterious Growth Of The Kingdom
- 4: 30-34 The Mustard Seed
- 4:35-41 Master Of Ocean And Earth And Skies
DAVID THOMPSON Sermons
TODAY IN THE WORD Devotionals
JAMES VAN DINE
MARVIN VINCENT New Testament Word Studies
- Mark 3:5 The Emotion of Anger in Christ
- Mark 3:35 The Wondrous Relationship
- Mark 3:35 The Lord My Brother - scroll down to the 3rd major topic
STEVE ZEISLER Sermon on the the Gospel of Mark