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.