A Theology of Mark: The Dynamic Between Christology and Authentic Discipleship
Buy Item $14.49 Retail: $17.99 Save 19% ($3.50)
In Stock
Stock No: WW381190
P & R Publishing / 2012 / Paperback

Add To Cart

Paypal Buy Now
Add To Wishlist

Add To Cart

Paypal Buy Now

A Theology of Mark: The Dynamic Between Christology and Authentic Discipleship

P & R Publishing / 2012 / Paperback

Buy 48 or more for $13.77 each.
In Stock
Stock No: WW381190

  • In This Series (4)
In This Series (4)

Product Description

Sincere Christians hold divergent ideas about discipleship. Different approaches focus on steps to follow, mentoring, spiritual disciplines, or an intellectual approach, but do they draw definitions from Scripture's big picture? Do they draw enough attention to Jesus' view of discipleship. In A Theology of Mark: The Dynamic Between Christology and Authentic Discipleship Hans Bayerexplores Jesus' approach to discipleship showing how God-perception and self-perception simultaneously shaped the Gospel result in reconciled relationships and radical discipleship.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1596381191
ISBN-13: 9781596381193
Series: Explorations in Biblical Theology

Related Products

  1. Wisdom Christology: How Jesus Becomes God's Wisdom for Us
    Wisdom Christology: How Jesus Becomes God's Wisdom for Us
    Daniel Ebert IV
    P & R Publishing / 2011 / Trade Paperback
    $8.99 Retail: $17.99 Save 50% ($9.00)
  2. A Theology of James: Wisdom for God's People
    A Theology of James: Wisdom for God's People
    Christopher W. Morgan
    P & R Publishing / 2010 / Trade Paperback
    $16.19 Retail: $17.99 Save 10% ($1.80)
  3. Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus [2008]
    Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus [2008]
    Klyne R. Snodgrass
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2008 / Hardcover
    $37.99 Retail: $58.00 Save 34% ($20.01)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
  4. The Elder: Today's Ministry Rooted in All of Scripture
    The Elder: Today's Ministry Rooted in All of Scripture
    Cornelis Van Dam
    P & R Publishing / 2009 / Trade Paperback
    $14.49 Retail: $17.99 Save 19% ($3.50)
    3 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews

Publisher's Description

Hans Bayer places Mark’s gospel in its biblical context and explores the dynamic relationship between Jesus and his disciples—a process in which Jesus radically transforms them from self-dependent to God-dependent, beginning with their hearts.

Author Bio

Dr. Hans Bayer earned his M.A. and M.Div. from Ashland Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He taught for ten years at the German Theological Seminary in Giessen, where he also planted and copastored a church. Since then, he has served as professor of New Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Bayer has published English and German monographs, essays, and dictionary articles, primarily on the Gospels and the book of Acts.

Editorial Reviews

In customary fashion, Dr. Hans Bayer provides high-level scholarship in accessible form in this, his latest work. For those looking for a fresh way to love Jesus with the mind and the heart, this book provides that rich possibility. I highly recommend it.
A clear, careful, warm, detailed, reflective, humble, personal, and applicable consideration of Mark’s presentation of Jesus and who we are in relation to him. Bayer’s disarming gentleness enhances the pointedness of Mark’s claims about Jesus and about my need to surrender to the Carpenter from Galilee. This is an encouragement toward taking up our crosses as Jesus’ people, particularly amid the challenges of 21st-century North America and Europe. Use the book in a small group and see what happens.
Having already benefited enormously from his teaching on the subject and seen it deeply impact young Christian leaders in Scotland, I am thrilled to see Hans Bayer’s material in print and available to a wider audience. I am confident it will become a key resource for us in shaping our theology and practice of discipleship. Paying close attention to the wider literary structures as well as the textual details of Mark’s Gospel, Hans calls us back to a Biblically and theologically rigorous understanding of discipleship patterned on Jesus’ example and teaching. This book is unique in framing Jesus’ call to discipleship in the context of the bigger Biblical picture of redemptive history. The emphasis on radical dependence, heart transformation and the reciprocal nature of disciple-making relationships provide necessary correctives to contemporary approaches that are too often marred by individualism, a focus on activities to the neglect of the heart, and a misuse of power by leaders who are “discipling” others. This material on discipleship in the Gospel of Mark represents the fruit of many years of deep engagement with the text as well as mature reflection on its application to the reality of living as a disciple of Jesus. Hans is a wise and godly instructor whose life matches his teaching. This book is a deep and rich repository of insight and wisdom that needs to be engaged, wrestled with, and applied by those called to lead within the body of Christ. I am convinced that as we apply the principles Hans Bayer so brilliantly draws out from Mark, we will see not only the transformation of individual disciples, but also the transformation of church and society. Hans points us back to Jesus’ approach to discipleship – why would we ever seek another?
O, the limitations of an endorsement blurb! I could go on and on about Hans Bayer’s new book, A Theology of Mark. Not only is this the best book I have ever read on the theology of Mark’s gospel, it’s also my new favorite on the nature and rhythms of gospel-centered discipleship. My first response after finishing the book was to thank God for Hans’ informed mind and enflamed heart; for this is exactly what Professor Bayer has given us, as he interacts with the person and work of Jesus, and our call to authentic discipleship. His reflection on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship, is worth the price of the book alone. By all means, buy this book. It’s not just a great read, it’s an important read.
Hans Bayer reads the book of Mark with the mind of a philosopher, the heart of a lover, and the humility of a disciple. His aim is to show how self-perception (both individual and corporate) and God-perception shaped by the Gospel simultaneously result in reconciled relationships and radical discipleship. Here is theology and biblical commentary at its best – rooted in powerful textual insights and rigorously applied to contemporary discipleship. The insights are profound; the grace is sweet.
There is a great hunger for Christ-centered discipleship and what better place to be instructed in such grace-centered living than at the feet of Jesus himself. This book, A Theology of Mark, deserves to be studied both as to its theory but even more importantly as to its practice. May it be used by many to strengthen their relationship with Christ and lead them in true Biblical discipleship.
Hans Bayer gives us a remarkable study of the Gospel of Mark. No evangelical scholar is more aware of detailed and scholarly work on the Gospel of Mark than Hans Bayer. In this volume, Dr. Bayer displays his theological and pastoral insights into the Gospel. He deals with a number of major topics: genre, structure and purpose, thematic framework and the person and work of Jesus. This brief work represents decades of study and experience as a follower of Jesus. If you want to step into the theological and practical implications of the Second Gospel, this is the book for you. You will not be disappointed.
“Hans Bayer’s character-shaping tour through Mark’s Gospel will bring each reader who longs for intimacy with a holy God to an intensely intimate and more dependent encounter with Jesus. Insightful and compelling, Hans Bayer has found a way to help us listen clearly to the very words and actions of the Savior that call us into relationship with Himself and lead toward magnified kingdom impact. Discipleship leaps forward not simply as a duty, but as a passionate desire of God to be near to us.”

Product Reviews

4 Stars Out Of 5
4 out of 5
5 out Of 5
(5 out of 5)
5 out Of 5
(5 out of 5)
Meets Expectations:
5 out Of 5
(5 out of 5)
of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Displaying items 1-1 of 1
Page 1 of 1
  1. Mathew sims
    Simpsonville, SC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Practical Commentary
    May 15, 2012
    Mathew sims
    Simpsonville, SC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    A Theology of Mark unpacks the themes and historical narrative of Mark with the tools of Biblical Theology and from the reformed worldview, all while making the content applicable for daily Christian living. We need more of these kinds of commentaries. Bayer first attacks the most basic questions surrounding Mark like structure, purpose, thematic framework, and questions about the person of Jesus and then develops the theme of discipleship from "a more comprehensive approach--that of Jesus with his own disciples" (Kindle Location 104 of 3008).

    Jesus Disciples His Disciples

    I found the work Bayers did on the topic of discipleship refreshing. This section made his work in section one (the foundational and background questions) come alive. The lay person make ask What does all this background information have to do with me? Of course, there is a major purpose for understanding the historical context and critical thought surrounding Mark but how can we make these truths meaningful for the lay theologian? Bayer accomplishes this by examining the how to of discipleship in light of these foundational issues.

    Bayer aks two questions:

    Who do you perceive yourself to be?

    and Who do you perceive God to be?

    He then says, "Authentic witness to Jesus brings forth authentic discipleship in the context of the growing messianic kingdom of God" (KL 174 of 3008). These themes (Messiah, Kingdom, & Gospeling) run throughout Bayer's discussion of discipleship. You can catch a glimpse of these themes when he says,

    The thematic connection between Mark 14:25 and the entire narrative of Mark shows that Jesus' demonstrated authority is connected with his future kingly rule. The death and resurrection of the Messiah mark the actual imagination (see 14:22-24 and the "blood of the covenant") of the eternal messianic rule (KL 811 of 3008)

    Therefore, the disciples are not following "a mere human being, ready to suffer, he turns out to be God the Son" (KL 835 of 3008). And Bayer sees Jesus rise "as the climatic fulfillment of God's redemptive plan . . . inaugurated in Genesis 3:15" (KL 846 of 3008). He close by offering and unpacking these eight distinctive of discipleship as revealed in Mark's theology.

    Surrendering (unconditionally)

    Believing and trusting


    Watching over--and guarding--your heart (as as to beware of hard-heartedness and lack of understanding)

    Being humble


    Withstanding temptation

    Confessing Christ to all humanity

    So, Bayer's development of these themes is robust and distinctively reformed.

    Not Another Reformed Commentary

    Let's be honest here. There's more than a few good commentary and reformed folk have written more than their fair share. However, this series promises to be different because of its focus on Biblical Theology allowing the commentary to be connected and practical. By understanding the background of Mark's theology you will end up with a more robust understanding of discipleship as practiced by Jesus himself. We need more focused commentaries of this sort.

    Bayer's A Theology of Mark would be a great launching pad for pastors starting a preaching series on Mark or for your average lay person who wants to dig a little deeper into Scripture. I could see this book being used to jump-start an extended study of the book of Mark for personal growth in Christ.

    The writing was scholarly yet accessible.
Displaying items 1-1 of 1
Page 1 of 1

Ask a Question

Find Related Products

Author/Artist Review


Ask a Question

What would you like to know about this product? Please enter your name, your email and your question regarding the product in the fields below, and we'll answer you in the next 24-48 hours.

If you need immediate assistance regarding this product or any other, please call 1-800-CHRISTIAN to speak directly with a customer service representative.