Based on sermons preached at Kensington Baptist Church, Bristol, the author has increasingly, and beyond his expectations, been drawn in by the sheer power of Mark's story-telling. The author comments that, 'Mark's gospel focuses on the Lord Jesus as the crucified Christ; as his followers we are called to take up our cross and follow him who gave his life as a ransom for many. If this book encourages you in this path of discipleship, it will have achieved its purpose'.
Grasping something of the skilled and beautiful construction of the gospel has frequently shed fresh light on familiar passages; recognising the half-concealed links to the Old Testament prophets has opened up new understanding of the mission of the Lord Jesus.
Dr Steve Wilmshurst is currently Director of Training at Kensington Baptist Church in Bristol and teaches on the New Testament in a variety of other places. He is the author of The Final Word - The book of Revelation simply explained, also published by EP in the Welwyn Commentary Series.
'Wilmshurst has written a commentary with real substance that is also great fun to read. Well-known moments in Mark's gospel are freshly lit up by contemporary illustrations, penetrating application and a keen sense of how each moment fits into Mark's overall shape and purpose. It's just the sort of book I would want to press into the hands of people at our church'. Mike Cain, Senior pastor, Emmanuel Church, Bristol, UK.
'This clear, lively, readable and accessible study is the fruit of sound scholarship. Steve Wilmshurst has worked carefully over the critical and sometimes controversial issues of interpretation and walks us through them in a wise and measured way. But it is also scholarship that has been turned into practical pastoral preaching. And because it is preached material, it is realistically earthed and applied to us today. It will encourage many Christians who are frightened by commentaries to get to grips with Mark's gospel, and I warmly commend it.'
Christopher Ash, Proclamation Trust, Director of the PT Cornhill Training Course