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What Mark’s Gospel Can Teach Us – Announcing new in-depth Study Opportunity!

Saint Mark the Evangelist, Guido Reni (1575-1642)

While national characteristics can be exaggerated (i.e. ‘all Italians talk with their hands’), the description of Americans as a people of action is born out in hundreds of examples.  And that’s one reason why the Gospel of Mark might have special appeal to anyone with a proclivity toward action.

Mark is the Gospel that most depicts Jesus on the move–‘immediately’ on the other side of the lake, ‘immediately’ discerning his critics’ innermost thoughts, ‘immediately’ healing a fever.  It also depicts a relentless progression of narrative and events that climax in the Master Christian’s crucifixion and resurrection.

With its lack of an infancy story, and compression of Jesus’ ministry into a single year, Marks gospel  is the shortest of the Canon’s four (including Matthew, Luke and John).   Yet scholars think it is chock full of eyewitness accounts, conveyed from Peter to his traveling companion, John Mark, who most consider its author.  Mark’s focus on Jesus’ identity, explored through numerous characters, makes us ask if we understand his identity as well–who he is in relation to the cross, to the Messiahship, to his ultimate role as the mediator between God and humankind (I Tim. 2:5).   The Gospel has much to say about discipleship and one’s faith, causing the reader to ask tough and candid questions about one’s own followership.

These are a few of the many reasons we have chosen it for our annual in-depth study at Cedars’ Camps, October 11-15th, 2018.  Enrollment has recently opened and we hope you’ll consider giving yourself the luxury of four days to go deeply into one of the New Testament’s most descriptive books about Christ Jesus.   Please don’t wait too long as this program sells out.

Join us to explore more deeply Jesus’ ministry and how each chapter of Mark’s Gospel builds on the last.  A workbook with questions per chapter will be available to participants and afterwards through BibleRoads.   All of this study is approached not simply as an academic exploration, but a way to mine new depths of the Gospel’s message to your daily life today.  We hope you can join us in this beautiful Fall location in the Ozark’s.

5 Responses to What Mark’s Gospel Can Teach Us – Announcing new in-depth Study Opportunity!

  1. Georgia Eastman July 16, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

    Much as I would love to be present, I have lost the yen for travel! I will look forward to your note book on the course being available later on. Thank you for all your newsletters and for teaching the Scriptures so beautifully.
    Georgia Eastman
    Chattanooga, TN

    • Madelon July 16, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

      Thank you Georgia and I certainly understand. That’s exactly why we create workbooks — for those who want to stay home and do Bible Study individually or with friends. Wishing you every blessing–

  2. Ginny Stopfel July 17, 2018 at 6:27 am #

    This will be an exciting study! All students who do “New Testament 101” get the first assignment to read Mark’s gospel in one sitting. What a contrast to Matthew’s and Luke’s genealogies. No preliminaries in Mark. Jesus is baptized, and it’s off to the races with healing. I hadn’t noted how “immediately” amplifies this initial surge. Thank you Madelon. Wish I could be there.

  3. Sandi Justad July 21, 2018 at 9:11 pm #

    I’m so looking forward to in-depth Mark! Jesus on the move.
    Our Bible study group at home studied Mark last year – without the benefit of a workbook. I learned from Madelon’s Bible study on the Apocalypse last year at Cedars, that some of her workbook questions are tough – they can require us to wrestle with deep ideas. And allow us to come away with a rich overview.
    So yes, engaging deeply with (probably?) the first of four New Testament records of Jesus feels like building a solid foundation.

    • Madelon Maupin July 21, 2018 at 11:41 pm #

      Sandi — so glad you can join us at Cedars again and hoping we’ll have a whole additional group of folks attend who have never done Bible study before. All are welcome!

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