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Current Series: The Gospel of Mark (Francis Chan)

The Gospel of Mark chronicles Jesus’s journey from Galilee to Jerusalem. Along the way, the Messiah gathers a ragged band of disciples. As crowds grow and dwindle on the road to Jerusalem, only a few stick by the Suffering Savior on the road of discipleship. Chapter by chapter, we are going to trace the steps and teachings of Jesus, learning what it means to truly be his disciple.

“At once they left their nets and followed Him.”
Mark 1:18

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Text: Mark 1:1-13

Keep the Conversation Going:

As believers, why is it so easy to lose our awe and wonder at the fact that the Creator of the Universe came to live among men?

Mark quotes John the Baptist who said this about Jesus, “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.”  How does Mark set up his readers to expect something greater from an encounter with Jesus?

Text: Mark 1:14-45

Keep the Conversation Going:

What stands out to you about the first disciples’ response to Jesus?

What would you stand to lose and gain for following Jesus?

What’s one thing in your life that regularly distracts you from following Jesus?

Text: Mark 2:1-3:6

In the story of the paralytic, Jesus demonstrates his ability through healing, but also shows us the greater need that we all have, to recognize we need to be forgiven.

Keep the Conversation Going:

Do you think the paralytic and his friends were hoping as they lowered him down through the hole in the roof?

Do you think the paralytic’s sins were the first thing on their minds?

Why do you think Jesus forgave his sins before he healed the man?

What does this tell us about the needs that Jesus sees when he looks at us?

Text: Mark 3:7-4:34

In this portion of Mark, we begin to really see what it looks like to walk closely with Jesus. He never promised that it would be an easy road.

Keep the Conversation Going:

In these passages we see the disciples and the crowds both following Jesus. How were they following Jesus differently?

In this passage we hear Jesus’s Parable of the Sower. What kinds of things in our lives can make it difficult for faithful following to take root?

Text: Mark 4:35-5:43

In this passage, we see Jesus meet people in the middle of their greatest fears.

Keep the Conversation Going:

Does your perspective of God tend to change when you are afraid? Why or why not?

In each of these situations, the people Jesus met were desperate. How did he respond to them in their desperation?

What did Jesus tell Jairus in Mark 53:6?

In the most desperate situations, Jesus is enough; no situation is too far gone. How can we apply this truth to our lives?

Text: Mark 8:31-10:52

We see in this passage that Jesus’ disciples misunderstand why He came.

Keep the Conversation Going:

How would you describe Jesus’s mission?

In light of understanding Jesus’ true mission and what it really means to follow Him, what is one thing in your life that needs to change?

Text: Mark 6:30-8:30

In these passages we see Jesus the demonstrate his power and authority, and the pharisees attempting to exert their authority by questioning him

Keep the Conversation Going:

Why do you think Jesus has such harsh words for the religious leaders?

What does Jesus want from these leaders? What are they missing?

What do you think He is asking from us?

Text: Mark 6:1-29

Keep the Conversation Going:

What kind of opposition did Jesus receive when he went home?

Why was Jesus unable to do miraculous works in his hometown?

What does this tell us about the role of faith in living in obedience to God?

Text: Mark 11:1-12:44

Keep the Conversation Going:

The world has a particular view of power. What does power look like from the world’s perspective?

At the end of Mark 12, Jesus compares the tithe of a poor widow to that of the rich. What does Jesus say about her offering?

How does this just give us one more example of the way Jesus turns the world perspective on power and status on its head?

Text: Mark 14:1-15:47

Keep the Conversation Going:

Jesus gathers together with his disciples for Passover, knowing that soon he would face the cross alone. How would you feel gathering with your friends, knowing that one would betray you, and most would abandon you?

How does it impact you to know that Jesus wants to spend time with you, even though he knows everything about you, even things that you hide from others?

In the last moments of Jesus on the cross, who was it that understood who Jesus really was (Mark 15:33-39)?

Text: Mark 15:40-16:8

As we wrap up the gospel of Mark, hear his account of Jesus’s burial and resurrection.

Keep the Conversation Going:

According to Mark’s account, who was with Jesus to the very end?

Why were the women initially silent about the news of Jesus when they scattered from the tomb? Is there a next step that God is asking you to take, but fear gets in your way?

It is interesting that the angel specifically mentions telling Peter that Jesus is going before them to meet them in Galilee. Why might that be significant?

The gospel of Mark is left with a bit of an unfinished ending. It’s almost like Mark is asking us what we are going to do? Jesus is truly resurrected. Do you believe it? What will you do with that information? Should it change anything? How will you respond?