If you want to follow the Messiah, you've got to get ready to move!
Mark's gospel has an urgency to it that's hard to ignore. It's as if he is breathless, trying to get the information out as quickly as he can, as a response to the great persecution of Christians by Nero that was taking place when Mark wrote this book. A few decades had passed since Jesus' ministry, and with persecution intensifying, some believers were tempted to compromise, apologize, or simply give up on being a follower of the Messiah.
So, Mark needed to take the early Christians back to the basics. In his rapid-fire account, he pulls no punches in answering these important questions: Who is this Jesus? What does he expect of me? Is suffering a normal part of the Christian life? What will encourage and strengthen my trust in Jesus? These questions are not born of a lack of faith, but serve to strengthen and stabilize our relationship with the Savior.
In this action-packed study, pastor and author Jeff Manion focuses on several important themes:
So, lace up your running shoes. Open your heart and mind. And come with your questions! Get ready to move as Mark's Gospel reveals what it means to follow Jesus.
Jeff Manion's study on the Book of Mark is part of a series called 40 Days Through the Book. Each of the studies in this series, taught by a different pastor or Bible teacher on specific books of the Bible, is designed to help us more actively engage with God's Word by understanding its background and culture, and applying it in a fresh way to our lives.
Designed for use with the 40 Days Through the Book: Mark Video Study (9780310129936), sold separately. Streaming video access included.