This guide to Mark’s Gospel is a preacher’s dream. It focuses clearly on the meaning of the text, divides the Gospel up clearly and usefully, provides practical application that is realistic as well as exciting, and warms your heart as much as feeding your mind. You cannot fail to profit from Robin’s many years of pulpit excellence.
Jeremy McQuoid, Teaching Pastor, Deeside Christian Fellowship, Aberdeen, Scotland and Chair of Council, Keswick Ministries
This book is NOT just a commentary… nor is it just a training manual, or a bible study leaders guide. It is all of these – and more! The trouble with Mark is that many of us think that we know it, so what is there to learn? Having read this book after 35 years of ministry I can testify – plenty! Teaching Mark is a superb resource for those of us who preach, lead bible studies or perhaps most of all need to teach ourselves first. It will not give you prepared talks – you will have to think and illustrate for yourself. But it will give you a clear understanding of the gospel of Mark and enable you to move from the big picture to the local application. Like the Gospel of Mark it is clearly structured, straightforward and gives you Christ. It answers the question it asks – ‘How do we preach and teach the gospel from the Gospels?’ The highest recommendation I can give is that despite having many books on Mark I will be buying Teaching Mark!
David Robertson, Well–known pastor and apologist
Robin Sydserff has preached through Mark three times in the last 10 years and taught this material in a variety of other contexts – it shows! He not only has a deep knowledge and love of the text but an infectious passion for the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Mark’s gospel is familiar to many but Teaching Mark will help any bible study leader or preacher to hear God’s voice more clearly and to teach His word more faithfully. It will inspire many to preach Christ and Him crucified from this great gospel!
Paul Clarke, Senior Minister, St Andrews Free Church, Scotland
Teaching Mark bears the unmistakeable marks of many years of study, reflection and preaching by someone who has really got Mark into his bloodstream and is desirous to do the same for his readers.
This distillation process has produced a wonderful gift to the church. Whether the reader is primarily a Bible teacher, trainer of others or an evangelist, there is so much here to nourish, rejuvenate and re–focus our ministry; I recommend it unreservedly.