Workers For Jesus Online Bible Study Table of Contents

About this Bible Study........The King James Version of the Bible is written in a beautiful form of the English language. It can be hard for modern English readers to understand.  In this study, you will find notes and summaries in brown just above the the verses from the Bible. We recommend that you read the notes and summaries first, and then read the verses in their KJV form. 

Timeline of the Bible

God creates the world. --- God destroys the world with the flood, but saves  Noah and his family.---
 God chooses Abraham and his descendants to His people. ---Abraham's grandson, Jacob, has 12 sons who lead the 12 tribes of Israel.--- The Israelites become slaves in Egypt.--- God helps the Israelites escape and leads them to Canaan. ---The Israelites fight in wars and take control of Canaan.---Judges lead the Israelites, but the Israelites want to have kings instead of judges. ----  David is Israel's greatest king. -- Israel divides into 2 parts: Israel and Judah.--- The people of Israel and Judah continue to sin and worship false gods.--- God allows the Assyrians and the Babylonians to take the Israelites out of Israel and Judah.---   The Israelites (Jews) live in Babylonia and then Persia. --- When Persia defeats the Babylonians, the Jews go back to Judah.--- The Jews build God's Temple in Jerusalem again.--- Greece defeats Persia, and the Greeks control Judah (also now called Israel).--- The Jews become independent for 100 years.-- The Romans take control of Israel.--- This book of the Bible covers this time Jesus is born. At age 30, Jesus begins his ministry. ---Jesus is crucified and then is resurrected. --- A Roman named Saul is converted to Christianity and becomes Paul.--- Christianity spreads. --- Paul write letters to Christians in other places. In the year, 70 A.D., God's Temple in Jerusalem is destroyed again.


The Gospel of Mark

Many people think that Mark was one of Jesus' 12 apostles. But he was not one of them. He was a teenager when Jesus was crucified.

His full name was John Mark, and his mother was a follower of Jesus. Many of Jesus' disciples met in Mark's mother's house in Jerusalem.

In the days of the early church, Mark traveled with Paul and Peter. Later, he started churches in Alexandria, Egypt.

The Gospel of Mark is thought to be Mark writing Peter's memories of Jesus' life and resurrection.

Mark 1 -3

John baptizes Jesus in the Jordan River.
Satan tempts Jesus in the wilderness for 40 days.
Jesus becomes famous throughout the area.
Jesus chooses His 12 apostles.
The Jewish leaders are suspicious of Jesus.
Large crowds follow Jesus, and He heals many people.


Mark 1

The prophets wrote about John and Jesus coming.

This is the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

[1] The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;

The prophets wrote what God said. He said,  "Look, I am sending My messenger to you. He will prepare the way. There will be one voice crying in the wilderness.  Get the Lord's way ready.  Make His paths straight."
[2] As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
[3] The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.


John baptizes people and tells them about the Savior that will come.

John baptized in the Jordan River.
Picture from LaVista Church of Christ

John baptized in the wilderness. He preached about baptism to take away sins.
[4] John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

Crowds went out to John from Judea and Jerusalem. He baptized them in the Jordan River. They confessed their sins.
[5] And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.

John wore clothes that were made with camel's hair. He also wore animal skins. He ate locusts and wild honey.
[6] And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;

John preached and told people that someone greater than him was coming. He said he wasn't good enough to latch the shoes of the greater One who was coming.
[7] And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.

John said he baptized people with water. But the greater One who was coming would baptize with the Holy Spirit.
[8] I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.


John baptizes Jesus.

Later, Jesus came from the area of Nazareth in Galilee. John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River.

[9] And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.


Picture from LaVista Church of Christ

As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, He saw the sky open. A dove came down and landed on Him. The dove was the Holy Spirit.
[10] And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:

A voice from heaven said, "You are my beloved Son. I am very pleased with You."

[11] And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.


Jesus is tempted by Satan in the wilderness for 40 days.

Right after Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit made Him go to the wilderness. He stayed in the wilderness for 40 days. During that time, Satan tempted Him. He was there with the wild animals.  While He was there, the angels helped Him.
[12] And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
[13] And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.


Jesus starts to choose His apostles.

After that, John was put into prison.  Jesus went to the area of Galilee. He was preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.  He said, "It is time. The kingdom of God is here. Everyone should repent and believe the gospel."

[14] Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
[15] And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

While Jesus walked by the sea of Galilee, He saw 2 brothers, Simon and Andrew. They where fishermen. They were throwing their nets into the sea to catch fish.
[16] Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

Jesus told them to come with Him. He said He would make them catch men instead of fish.
[17] And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.

Simon and Andrew immediately left their nets and followed Jesus.
[18] And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.


Jesus calls James and John.
Picture from
LaVista Church of Christ

Jesus went a little further.  Then He saw brothers, James and John (their father's name was Zebedee). They were in the boat fixing their nets.
[19] And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.

He called them, and they left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired workers. They went with Him.
[20] And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.


Jesus teaches in the synagogue, then heals a man who had an evil spirit.

They went into the area of Capernaum.  Soon, on the sabbath day, Jesus went into the synagogue and taught. The people in the synagogue were amazed at what He taught. He didn't teach like one of the other scribes. He taught like someone with authority.

[21] And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.
[22] And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.

There was a man in the synagogue who had an unclean spirit in him.  The spirit yelled at Jesus.  The spirit told Jesus to leave it alone and that it was none of His business. The spirit said it knew Jesus. The evil spirit said that Jesus was the Holy One of God and that He was going to destroy it.
[23] And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
[24] Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.

Jesus scolded the spirit. He told it to be quiet and come out of the man.  The spirit yelled and came out of the man.
[25] And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.
[26] And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.

Everyone was amazed. They asked each other what was going on. They wondered what new teaching it was.  They said that even the unclean spirits obey Jesus when He commands them.
[27] And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.

Immediately, Jesus became famous all around the area of Galilee.
[28] And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.


Jesus heals Simon's mother-in-law

As soon as they came out of the synagogue, they went into Simon and Andrew's house.  James and John were with them.

[29] And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.

Simon's mother-in-law was sick in bed with a fever. They told Jesus about her.  He took her hand and helped her stand up. The fever immediately left her, and she cooked for them.
[30] But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her.
[31] And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.

In the evening, after the sun went down, they brought sick people to the house. They also brought people who were possessed with devils.
[32] And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.

Everyone in the city was gathered at the door of the house.
[33] And all the city was gathered together at the door.

Jesus healed many sick people. He made devils leave people's bodies.  He didn't let the devils speak, because they knew who He was.
[34] And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.


Crowds follow Jesus, and He heals many people.

In the morning, He got up before it was daylight. He went out to a place to be alone to pray.
[35] And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Simon and the others that were with Him followed Him.  When they found Him, they told Him that everyone was looking for Him.
[36] And Simon and they that were with him followed after him.
[37] And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.

Jesus said He was ready to go to the next towns. He would preach there. He said that is why He came.

[38] And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.

He preached in the synagogues all over Galilee and made devils leave people's bodies.

[39] And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.

A leper came to Jesus. He kneeled and begged Jesus to make him clean. He said that Jesus could heal him if he wanted to.

[40] And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

Jesus felt sorry for the leper.  He reached out His hand and touched him. He told the man He wanted to heal him. He told the man to be clean. As soon as He said that, the leprosy left, and the man was clean.
[41] And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
[42] And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.

Jesus told the leper not to tell anyone. He should leave quickly and go see the priest.  He should make an offering according to the law of Moses for cleansing. Then, people will believe he was healed.
[43] And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away;
[44] And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

But the man went out and told everyone what happened. People came from all over, and Jesus couldn't freely go into the city. He stayed out in desert places.

[45] But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.

Mark 2

A group of men make a hole in the roof and lower a paralyzed man down to Jesus.

Jesus went back to Capernaum. After a few days, people found out where He was staying.
[1] And again he entered into Capernaum, after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.

Soon, many people came there. It was so crowded that there was no more room.  Jesus preached to them.
[2] And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.


Picture from LaVista Church of Christ

4 men brought a man who was paralyzed.  They couldn't get in the house because of the crowd. So, they made a hole in the roof. Then, they lowered the paralyzed man down through the hole.
[3] And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
[4] And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.

Jesus saw that they had faith. He told the paralyzed man that his sins were forgiven.
[5] When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.

Some of the religious leaders (scribes) were sitting there. They were thinking about Jesus. They thought He was talking against God because only God can forgive.
[6] But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
[7] Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?

Jesus knew what they were thinking. He asked them if it is easier to tell someone their sins are forgiven or to tell them to get up and walk.  He told them that the Son of Man has the power to forgive sins.  Then, He told the paralyzed man to get up and go home.
[8] And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
[9] Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
[10] But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
[11] I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.

The paralyzed man immediately got up and picked up his bed. He walked out in front of everyone. The people were all amazed and praised God.  They said they had never seen anything like that before.
[12] And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.


Jesus calls Levi to be His apostle. He eats at Levi's house with people who had bad reputations.

** Levi is also called Matthew.***

Jesus went again to the seaside. Big crowds followed Him, and He taught them.
[13] And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them.

As He passed by, He saw Levi (his father was named Alphaeus). Levi was collecting taxes. He told Levi to follow Him. And Levi got up and followed Him.

[14] And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.

Later, Jesus and His disciples were eating a meal at Levi's house. There were many sinners and people with bad reputations there. Many of them became Jesus' followers.
[15] And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.

The scribes and Pharisees saw Jesus eating with those people. They asked His disciples why He was eating with the people who have bad reputations.
[16] And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?

Jesus heard them talking.  He told them that healthy people don't need a doctor. Sick people need a doctor. He said He came to get the sinners to repent, not the people who were already good.
[17] When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.


Jesus explains why His followers did not fast.

John the Baptist's followers and the Jewish Pharisees fasted.  Some people asked Jesus why His followers did not fast.

[18] And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not?

Jesus compared it to a wedding. If the groom is still there, the guests don't fast. They are celebrating.  But later on, when the groom is taken away, His followers will fast then.
[19] And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
[20] But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.

Jesus said that no on uses a piece of new cloth to make a patch for old clothes. The new piece of cloth will be ripped from the old cloth, and the hole in the old cloth would be worse.
[21] No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse.

No one would put new wine into old bottles. The new wine would make the old bottles break. Then, the wine would spill out. New wine must go into new bottles.

[22] And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.


The Pharisees criticize Jesus for letting His disciples pick corn on the sabbath.

Later, Jesus and His disciples were going through a corn field. It was the sabbath day.  His disciples were picking corn as they walked along.
[23] And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.

The Pharisees said it was against the law to pick corn on the sabbath. They asked Jesus why His disciples were doing that.
[24] And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?

He asked them if they ever read what David did when he was hungry. He and the people with him went into the tabernacle and ate the shewbread. The law said that only the priests could eat shewbread.  But David ate some of it and gave some to the people who were with him.
[25] And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him?
[26] How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?

Jesus said that the sabbath was made for man, not man made for the sabbath.
[27] And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

So, the Son of man is also the Lord of the sabbath.

[28] Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

Mark 3

The Pharisees criticize Jesus for healing a man on the sabbath.

Jesus went again to the synagogue. There was a man there who had a deformed hand.
[1] And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.

The Jewish leaders watched Jesus. They were waiting to see if He would heal the man on the sabbath. If He did, they would accuse Him of breaking the law.
[2] And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.

Jesus told the man with the deformed hand to stand up.
[3] And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.

Jesus talked to the Jewish leaders. He asked them if it was against the law to do good on the sabbath or to do evil. Was it good to save lives or kill? But they didn't say anything.
[4] And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.

Jesus looked at them with anger. He was sad because their hearts were hard. He told the man to stretch our his hand. The man stretched out his hand and Jesus healed his hand so it looked like the other one.
[5] And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

The Pharisees left and immediately went to talk to people with the government. They said bad things about Jesus. They talked about how they could destroy Him.
[6] And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.


Large crowds follow Jesus to the sea.

Then Jesus and His disciples left and went to the sea. Big crowds from Galilee, Judaea, Jerusalem, Idumaea, Tyre, Sidon, and from across the Jordan River followed Him.

[7] But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea,
[8] And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him.

He talked to His disciples. He told them to get a small boat ready in case He needed to escape the crowd.
[9] And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him.

He healed many people, and the crowd pressed in on Him so they could touch Him and be healed. Many of the people had diseases. There were people with unclean spirits. When the unclean spirits saw Him, they fell down in front of Him and cried, "You are the Son of God."

[10] For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues.
[11] And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God.

Jesus told them not to tell who He was.
[12] And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.


Jesus ordains His 12 apostles.

Jesus went up on a mountain. He called the ones He wanted to go with Him. They went with Him. He ordained 12 to be with Him. He would send them out to preach. They would have power to heal sick people and make evil spirits leave people's bodies.
[13] And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him.
[14] And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,
[15] And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:

These were Jesus' 12 apostles:

Simon - Jesus gave him the name, Peter.
James and John - they were brothers, and their father's name was Zebedee. Jesus gave them the name Boanerges. That means "the sons of thunder."
Matthew (also called Levi)
James - his father was Alphaeus
Simon - he was a Canaanite
Judas Iscariot - he is the one who betrayed Him

[16] And Simon he surnamed Peter;
[17] And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:
[18] And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite,
[19] And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house.


Jewish leaders accuse Jesus of having Satan's power.

Then, they went into a house. The crowds came, and they couldn't even eat some bread.
[20] And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.

When His friends heard about what was going on, they went to get Him. They thought He was losing His mind.
[21] And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.

Some Jewish scribes who came from Jerusalem said Jesus had Satan's power and that's why He could make evil spirits leave people.

[22] And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.

Jesus called the scribes. He talked in parables (stories to compare). He asked them how Satan could make Satan leave?  He said if a kingdom is divided with itself, it cannot stand. If a house is divided with itself, it cannot stand.
[23] And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?
[24] And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
[25] And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

Jesus said if Satan was divided against himself, he couldn't stand. He would end.
[26] And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.

No one can go into a strong man's house and rob him unless he first ties up the strong man.

[27] No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.

Jesus told them that all sins can be forgiven except if someone talks bad against God.
[28] Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:

The person who talks bad against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven.  He is in danger of being in hell forever. He told them this because were saying He had an evil spirit.
[29] But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:
[30] Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.

Jesus' brothers and mother were standing outside. They were calling Him to come out. The crowd around Jesus heard them and told Him that His mother and brothers were outside looking for Him.
[31] There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him.
[32] And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.

Jesus asked them, "Who is My mother or My brother?" Then, He looked around at the crowd and said they were all His mother and brothers.  He said that whoever does God's will is His brother, sister, and mother.
[33] And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?
[34] And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
[35] For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.