ABF Series: The Gospel of Mark Lesson 18


In our Adult Bible Fellowships we learned in our bible study over the Gospel of Mark that Mark wrote to Christians in Rome to encourage and strengthen their faith. And He focuses the narrative on two main questions.

  1. Who is Jesus? (1:1-8:30)
  2. What does Jesus expect from those who follow him? (8:31-16:8)

We now transition into the section of discipleship. Consider this chart as you think of the rest of the book of Mark and how each Passion prediction is coupled with key lessons on discipleship.Mark Passion Predictions and Disipleship Lessons cropped2

Lesson 18 – Mark 8:31-38 – Jesus Demands Radical Service

Consider the following discussion questions.

  • Why would this have been such shocking news to the disciples?
  • How does the call to take up your cross daily help you think about discipleship? What does it often look like? What is one of the biggest challenges to taking up our cross?
  • How do Jesus’ explanations help you think about discipleship and cross bearing?


Dustin FoldenDustin Folden
Pastor Dustin Folden and his wife Trisha joined the Pastoral Staff in 2010. They have two children, Sawyer and Mackenna who absolutely love children’s ministries, mostly because of the singing and snacks. Pastor Folden shepherds the 9:30 worship service, oversees the Adult Bible Fellowship ministry, as well as serves in the Biblical Counseling Ministries.