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The Gospel of Mark, a group study

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My focus as a writer is the Christian worldview. Jesus exhibited and explained the Christian worldview, and the gospel of Mark is a concise presentation of it. Central themes of the book of Mark are the central themes of the Christian worldview: When faced with a fearful situation, trust Jesus. It's not what you believe; it's who you trust that matters. When you fail and cannot succeed at the thing Jesus gave you to do, stop trying to do it all yourself. Trust Jesus. I am in the process of creating a guide for studying the gospel of Mark in a group. I hope to add some of that content here for comment and suggestions.

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1 Shawn Bose = ""Although there is no direct internal evidence of authorship, it was the unanimous testimony of the early church that this Gospel was written by John Mark (“John, also called Mark,” Acts 12:12,25; 15:37). The most important evidence comes from Papias (c. a.d. 140), who quotes an even earlier source as saying: (1) Mark was a close associate of Peter, from whom he received the tradition of the things said and done by the Lord; (2) this tradition did not come to Mark as a finished, sequential account of the life of our Lord, but as the preaching of Peter—preaching directed to the needs of the early Christian communities; (3) Mark accurately preserved this material. The conclusion drawn from this tradition is that the Gospel of Mark largely consists of the preaching of Peter arranged and shaped by Mark"Read more from this guide on more information about the Gospel of Mark. "
2 Sarah R = "Christianity sets itself apart from other religions because it is much more than just a religion or set of beliefs. Christianity is about a relationship with our Creator. We can get caught up in the religious nature of it, like the Pharisees did in the time of Jesus, but ultimately all the "religious" stuff is supposed to point us back to God. Empty ritual or mere belief that God exists and Jesus is His Son does nothing for us. It is active faith in God and in the sacrifice of His Son that saves us and that changes us from the inside out."
3 Sarah R = "God will call us to do God-sized things. He calls us to do things that on our own are impossible - because we aren't meant to do them on our own! When God calls us to do something with Him, it is so HIS GLORY can be demonstrated through us. Consider these verses:1 Corinthians 1:27 "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong."2 Corinthians 12:9 "But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me."Philippians 4:13 "I can do all this through him who gives me strength.""