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.
Mark speaks to two main questions.
- Who is Jesus? (1:1-8:30)
- What does Jesus expect from those who follow him? (8:31-16:8)
So far we have seen that the Gospel of Mark answers the first question as follows
- Mark 1:1-13 = Jesus is Yahweh, God Himself Come to earth
- Mark 1:14-20 = Jesus is on a mission, to call people to repent and believe in the Gospel.
- Mark 1:21-45 = Jesus has authority over Satan and Sickness
- Mark 2:1-3:6 = Jesus has authority over Sin and the Law
- Mark 3:13-4:34 = Jesus separates true followers from those who are fake.
So in preparation for ABF on Sunday please read the passages listed below and think about the following discussion questions.
- Consider how you would break this section of scripture up into parts, where would you break the sections and how many parts would you have. What do you notice about the separate parts?
- What is the difference between the first three parcels of ground/people compared to the last?
- What is tempting about comparing ourselves to others, instead of focusing on bearing fruit? What are some examples of fruit we should be rejoicing in?
- How would this parable have strengthened the faith of the Romans, and how does it strengthen our faith?
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