In our Adult Bible Fellowships we learned in our bible study over the Gospel of Mark that:
- The book of Mark is a biography of Jesus…so it is good to ask what does the author want us to learn about Jesus
- The author writes to Roman Christians who grew up in unbelieving homes without the background of Jewish Customs and Scripture.
- Mark wrote to Christians in Rome to encourage and strengthen their faith.
That encouragement would be so important as Roman citizens appeared to have a low view of Christ (note the Graffiti image below) as he is God who was killed at the hands of the Romans. This passage helps us exult Christ, the one who humbled himself for us.
“Unless the Roman Christians understood well the person and work of Jesus, they would be bothered by the shame of their Savior. So Mark seeks to show that Jesus was not a weakling who achieved little and was finally executed in disgrace by Rome. No, he was a powerful Savior whose life, ministry, and even his death was a glorious, powerful victory. -R. Decker”
So in preparation for ABF on Sunday please read the passages listed below and think about the following discussion questions.
Mark 1:14-20, Matthew 7:3-5 , Ephesians 4:22-24, 28, Daniel 9:1-19
- What do you learn about Christ calling the disciples?
- What did you learn about repentance, and mission focus that will help your walk with the Lord.
- Consider the bigger question of what Jesus expects from those who follow Him….(this will be answered later in Mark, but it is good to think about early in our study).
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