Cross-Formed Perspective

Dr. Jon Morrissette - 3/1/2020

Scripture Verses

Mark 8:22-9:41

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Study Questions

  1. There are two different accounts of blind men being healed in Mark. These accounts serve as bookends, or content markers. Read Mark 8:22-26, and then read Mark 10:46-52. How are these stories alike and how are they different? What do you think Jesus would have you learn from these two stories?
  2. Read Mark 8:27-30. What was Peter's "AHA" moment? What did he finally understand about Jesus? Why is Peter’s statement so important? What would change for Peter and the disciples by believing Jesus was God’s Messiah?  
  3. Read Mark 8:31-33. Spiritual breakthroughs are exciting, but demand greater faith. What did Jesus want Peter to understand? What motivated Peter's actions in verse 32? How did Satan attempt to exploit Peter's fear?
  4. Read Mark 8:34-38. What is Jesus teaching in these verses? What does it mean to take up your cross? What is radically different about Jesus' prescription for the Christian life? Is this the mindset of Christians today?
  5. Read Mark 9:1-13. What is Jesus teaching us about his power over life and death? Put yourself in Peter's shoes. How might he have felt about the transfiguration in light of his confession and Christ's call to take up his cross?
  6. Compare Mark 9:1-8 with Mark 1:1-13. In each passage a window into heaven seems to open. God's voice is heard. What does Mark want us to know and profess about the identity of Jesus?  
  7. Read 2 Peter 1:12-20. In verse 14 Peter speaks of his expectation to soon lay aside his "earthly tent." In verses 16-20 he references Jesus Transfiguration. How does Peter spell out the everyday implications of living the Christian life in light of the end? How should you live life in light of the end?  

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At the Lakeside Bookshelf:

Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of The Son of God by Timothy Keller

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