A new year. A fresh start.
An exciting new journey through Mark that will take us
through winter, Lent, and all the way up to summer.
My favorite Keller commentary and my favorite commentary on Mark is:
(This was originally titled King’s Cross — you may already have that.)
Purchase it anywhere, and if you need to order online, you can get the introduction and first chapter for free at the link below while you wait for your book to arrive. (Scroll to the bottom of this link to downloads and you will see Before (Introduction) and the 1st chapter.)
That way you can start right away!
We’ll be going slowly together, walking (not running) together,
loving together, seeing more together.
Each week there will be a representive symbol to probe.
This week it is the dance of the Trinity, with which Mark begins, hearkening back to Genesis.
This first week we will cover Mark 1:1-13, beginning officially in Mark on New Year’s Day,
but covering Keller’s introduction Monday and Tuesday.
Each weekday you will read an assigned passage and answer a few simple questions.
You may also share thanksgiving for a way you saw God in your life in the last day.
Oldtimers know we spy God in may ways:
in answers to prayer,
in the kindness of others,
in unusual timing or circumstances,
in His Word “quickening us,”
or in many other ways —
for our Triune God “dances with us,”
interacts with us,
and as we share with one another,
we also dance with Him and with one another,
and our joy becomes full and our hearts become tender.
We will also practice using the passage of the day as a springboard for prayer.
You may have a question for God after reading the passage, or a praise, confession, or petition. It may feel awkward at first, but it will get easier, and you will learn from the prayers of others.
- What stands out to you from the above and why?
- How did you spy God, or how did God “dance” with you in the last 24 hours? (See intro)
Monday/Tuesday: Introducing Mark
3. Read Keller’s introduction, called “BEFORE” and list a few things that stood out to you. Also, if you like, write them in your Bible at the top of the first page of Mark. (You may want to also draw the symbol or mark outstanding things in your Bible’s margins as you continue this study.)
4. How did you spy God, or how did God “dance” with you in the last 24-48 hours?
Wednesday: New Year’s Day — We begin with Mark 1:1-4
5. Read the passage and note repetition of any words or ideas. Next, write down the main thought of the passage.
Read what Keller has to say about this up to “The Dance of Reality?”
6. What stands out to you and do you have any comment on this?
7. Is there anything you would like to say to God about this passage? A question? A praise? A
petition? A confession?
8. Read the passage and describe John the Baptist’s purpose and ways he contrasts himself with Jesus.
9. What stands out to you and do you have any comments on this?
10. Read Ezekiel 36:25 and explain what two things happen to us when we receive Jesus
and thus the Spirit of God.
11. How have you experienced cleansing or power from the Spirit recently? Give thanks. or
tell Him anything else based on this passage.
Thursday: Mark 1:9-11
12. Read the passage and describe how you see the dance of the Trinity.
13. Read what Keller has to say under “The Dance of Reality” and write down a few things
that stand out to you and why.
14. Because we are made in the image of a relational God, we are relational. How have you
either been blessed or been a blessing to others in the last 24 hours?
15. A key to strengthening your prayer life is to pray something you saw in the passage you just studied. For example, for this one, you might pray several ways:
- Thank You that because You are a Trinity, You have always been love!
- Help me to enter into the dance with You today, help me follow Your lead — particularly in the situation with ______________________.
You try it:
Friday: Mark 1:12-13
15. Describe what happens in this passage.
16. Read what Keller has to say about this under “Dancing into the Battle” and share what
stands out to you and why.
17. Where are you facing a battle with the enemy right now and how can you pray, based
on what you are learning? (Often there is a lie to overcome with truth.)
Saturday: Question & Reflection
18. Ask one question of the group that came to your mind as a result of the study.
19. Make one observation about our symbol for the week.
20. How did God meet you through His Word this week?