…Jesus teaches, exemplifies, and above all enables “pattern imitation” among his followers rather than simply calling for a simplistic, self-generated “copying” of Christ.
Mark was thus written with the intent of providing a reliable sketch of Jesus’ public appearances with the additional aim of engendering a form of pattern imitation.
Jesus was an intentional teacher. The contents of his “curriculum” focused on a true understanding of both God’s messianic rule and the identity and function of God’s messiah.
Bayer, H. F. (2012, p. 12). A Theology of Mark: The Dynamic between Christology and Authentic Discipleship. Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing.
Other Quotes from this book:
- Authentic Witness of Jesus
- The Final Outcome of Christ’s Call to Discipleship
- Disciplines of Discipleship
- Mark’s Testimony to Jesus
- Human Identity and Life Story
- Creative Faith Projection of the Early Church?
- Christianity has been Tested Intellectually and Practically
- John Mark’s Presentation of Peter’s Account
- Divergent Ideas about Discipleship
About Hans F. Bayer
Born and raised in Germany, Professor Bayer came to Covenant Seminary in 1994 after teaching for ten years at the German Theological Seminary at Giessen, where he also planted and co-pastored a church.
With his expertise in critical scholarship and commitment to the authority and unity of the Scriptures, Dr. Bayer seeks to exemplify our pastor-scholar model. He hopes that his personal interest in world mission might add a multicultural dimension to each student’s world vision for the Gospel.
Dr. Bayer lectures and preaches regularly in the U.S.A. and throughout Europe. He has published English and German monographs, essays, and dictionary articles, primarily on the Gospels and the book of Acts. He contributed to the ESV Study Bible, as well as video-taped lectures on Acts for Third Millennium Ministries, and has recently published A Theology of Mark: The Dynamic Between Christology and Authentic Discipleship, as well as a German commentary on the Gospel of Mark. He is currently working on a New Testament Introduction volume and The Watermarks of Christ: Contours of Peter’s Transformation in Mark, Acts, and His Epistles.
Dr. Bayer and his wife, Susan, have three children and two grandchildren.