Adult Vacation Bible School, The Gospel of Mark: Open Your Heart and Believe!

Five Sundays, July 1,8,15,22,29 at 9:00 a.m. -- Please note the earlier start time to fit with our Summer Sunday schedule.

The readings proclaimed in church each Sunday are part of a three year cycle. This year (called Year B) the Gospel readings are primarily drawn from the Gospel of Mark. What better time than to dig deep into this brief but passionate account of the life of Jesus. Each week we explore more of the Gospel and conclude with a talk from Tommy G. Givens, Assistant Professor of New Testament Studies, Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, California.

Session 1, July 1 --

Diving into the world of the Gospel according to Mark. Who was this author? When and where did he write this Gospel? What is his purpose? (Please read the portion of the Gospel BEFORE each week's session for maximum understanding) Read ch.1

Session 2, July 8 --

Jesus' mission in Galilee. Proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom.Read Mark 2:1-8:21

Session 3, July 15 --

On the Road to Jerusalem. Proclaiming the Kingdom is a journey to the cross. Read Mark 8:22-10:52

Session 4, July 22 --

The events in Jerusalem. Jesus' confrontation with the powers and the disciples movement from fear to faith. Read Mark 11:1-16:8


I highly recommend reading the Gospel straight through first. I suggest you use the New Revised Standard Version (the translation we use in our liturgy) or the English Standard Version.

Also highly recommended: the brief accessible commentary with translation will accompany you as you read the Gospel, Mark For Everyone, by Bishop Tom Wright (2004).

For those wanting some deeper exploration:

Binding the Strong man: A Political Reading of Mark's Story of Jesus, by Ched Meyers (1988, 20th Anniversary Edition, 2008).

Say to This Mountain: Mark's Story of Discipleship, a follow-up to his earlier work, Ched Meyers is joined by other writers (2003).

The Gospel of Mark: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary, by Ben Witherington III (2001).

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