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February 4, 2014

Questions About the Gospel According to Mark (Jul-Aug 2005)

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by Greg Taylor
July – August, 2005

In my two-part contribution to this ‘Gospel of Mark’ issue, I want to introduce you to the questions my mission team used in Uganda to interact with rural Africans about Jesus, who he is and what it means to follow him.

In part two, we will look at how Ugandans viewed this Gospel, their unique perspectives that taught me and shaped the way I now see Scripture.

My goal here is to encourage you to read The Gospel of Mark through and ask questions of the text and story. That’s what we did on sunny days under mango trees seated on hard wooden benches facing one another. We sat together in community and asked questions and pondered who Jesus really was and is and what it means to follow him.

So please prepare yourself by reading The Gospel of Mark and watch for the upcoming articles in Wineskins from scholars and artists and students of the text. We have some great articles in store for you that we will post throughout July, August and part of September.

The following are questions we used to spark conversation about who Jesus is and what it means to follow him.

Mark 1
Who is Jesus? Four different people say he is the Son of God! Who are they and what do they each say about Jesus?

Mark 2:1-36
How amazing it is that this man can heal the sick, raise the dead, forgive sins and have authority over the law! Reflect on these four areas of Jesus authority. Does Christ have authority over these areas of your life?

Mark 4:1-25
The important point in this section is that God wants us to have good ears. The gospel is planted on different kinds of soil. We are the soil and Jesus is the gospel. Does your heart allow you to hear what Jesus has to say to you?

Mark 4:35-6:6
Jesus has power over all the creation. Here are four examples in this section. What are they? Do you hear how people are reacting to Jesus? They are amazed! Who is this man who can turn a few fish and loaves of bread into a feast for thousands? What does this show about Jesus? He cares about people. He is powerful. He is not an ordinary man! He is the son of God.

Mark 8:22-10:52
Did the disciples see clearly who Jesus is? Do you see clearly? Who was the one who saw most clearly in all these examples?

Mark 11:1-12:44
Jesus entered Jerusalem and people praised him. So why did Jesus praise a widow?

Mark 14:1-16:8
This is the story of Jesus going to the cross and then raising from the dead! The gospel of Jesus demands a response from us? Who is Jesus? What does it mean to follow him? Does it just mean we become important people or does it mean we become God’s servants?
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Greg TaylorGreg Taylor is managing editor of New Wineskins, a former missionary in Uganda, and now an associate minister for spiritual formation, outreach and small groups at Garnett Road Church of Christ in Tulsa. He is married to Jill and they have three children. [Journey With Greg Taylor Blog]. E-mail him at

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