The Gospel of Mark: Open Your Heart and Believe! Handout #4

The Gospel of Mark: Open Your Heart and Believe! Adult Vacation Bible School, July 2018 Session 4: The Last week –events in Jerusalem In chapters one through ten, Mark narrates Jesus’ ministry with breakneck speed from his baptism in the Jordan, through his ministry in Galilee and beyond, to his journey to Jericho near Jerusalem. The next six chapters describe the last week in Jesus’ earthly ministry, in which he enters Jerusalem and confronts the powers of the world. The action slows down as Mark describes each day and then one final day in even greater detail – the day of Jesus’ final battle with the forces of darkness. Marcus Borg Dominic Crossan (2006, pp IX,X) lay out the movement of

The Gospel of Mark: Open Your Heart and Believe! Handout #3

The Gospel of Mark: Open Your Heart and Believe! Adult Vacation Bible School, July 2018 Session 3: On the road to Jerusalem the way of Jesus is the way of the cross Mark 2:1-8:21 Central section, Inclusio, Mark 8:22-10:52 -- Opening our eyes is costly Healing a blind man as symbolic of discipleship 8:14-21 prelude -- struggle to see 8:22-26 Sight comes gradually Emperor Vespasian The confession of Jesus’ identity – who do people say I am? Who do YOU say I am? 8:27-30 First passion prediction and the second temptation, 8:3-33 The call to discipleship 8:34-38 The manifestation of Jesus’identity – a glimpse of glory, 9:2-8 Belief and unbelief, 9:14-24 Second passion prediction, 9:30-31 Costly

The Gospel of Mark: Open Your Heart and Believe! Handout #2

The Gospel of Mark: Open Your Heart and Believe! Adult Vacation Bible School, July 2018 Session 2: Jesus’ mission in Galilee proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God Mark 2:1-8:21 1.Themes God’s reign is at hand – don’t tell anybody (4:10-12) Healing and forgiveness (2:1-12) Clean and unclean, insiders and outsiders –What is true Torah? (5:21-43;7:5-30) Abundance and feasting 2:15-20 Release from the power of demons (5:1-20) Riddles (4:1-20) 2. What has spoken to you in this section of Mark’s Gospel? NOTE: While the ESV Bible translation is not a bad one, the translation O actually meant to recommend along with the NRSV, is the Common English Bible

The Gospel of Mark: Open Your Heart and Believe! Handout #1

The Gospel of Mark: Open Your Heart and Believe! Adult Vacation Bible School, July 2018 Session One: Basic background, the world of the Gospel, and jumping into Chapter One Who was Mark? When did he write? Where? Why? Literary elements – style, characters, plot, language The World(s) of Mark’s Gospel Diving into Chapter one – A “trailer” for the whole story The beginning of a story that has not ended (1:1) Looking back in Israel’s history (1:2-8) Cosmic stage is set (1:9-14a) The Future is on the horizon right now -- join the movement (1:14b-20) Demons flee, people healed, God’s rule is underway – but keep it a secret (1:21-45) Session 2, July 8 -- Jesus' mission in Galilee. Proclaiming th

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