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October 20, 2023
An Awesome Story | Session 8

BY: Tim Chilvers
DATE: Sunday 22 October 2023

‘BIBLE PASSAGES: Read online
Mark – Chapter 9, verses 2 to 13

Have you ever had a ‘wow’ moment? When something truly awe-inspiring almost takes your breath away? Mark’s account of Jesus reveals that through Jesus we can come into the presence of God without fear or shame. Wow! Jesus is all we need to focus on and worship is a wonderful way of coming into the presence of Jesus away from the distractions of the world around us.

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Each week there are TWO different sets of questions for you to use, whether you are exploring the Bible within your Life Group, in other group settings, or simply using them on your own.

These are simple questions to provoke discussion together out of the talk (ideal if you are watching our Sunday Service online with others in your group):

1 | Was there anything that particularly helped you during the talk?

2 | Was there anything that you didn’t necessarily agree with, or found difficult to understand in the talk?

3 | As a result of the talk, what:

a. Changes do you want to see?

b. Truths do you need to remember?

c. Actions do you need to take?


These are questions that are based on the talk and the surrounding themes:

Read: Mark – Chapter 9, verses 2-13

1 | Have you ever had a ‘wow’ moment? When something truly awe-inspiring almost takes your breath away?

2 | In Mark 9:2-4, we have an amazing moment. It is often called the ‘transfiguration’ of Jesus. What do you think the presence of Moses and Elijah symbolises, and how does it underscore the continuity of God’s plan throughout history? (See also Exodus 34:29-35 and Malachi 4:4-6)

3 | Reflect on Peter’s response to the transfiguration in Mark 9:5-6. How can we relate to his eagerness to “set up tents” and stay in the mountaintop experience? How do we balance spiritual highs with the reality of our daily lives?

4 | In Mark 9:7, God declares, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” How can we practically apply this in our lives? How does actively listening to Jesus’ teachings shape our perspectives and decision-making?

5 | Discuss the disciples’ confusion about Elijah’s coming in Mark 9:11-13. How does Jesus’ explanation reveal His authority and clarify the fulfilment of prophecies? How can we learn to interpret Scripture through the lens of Jesus? (See also Malachi 4:5-6 and Matthew 11:14)

6 | The transfiguration reveals Jesus’ divine glory and points to his true identity. How does this impact our understanding of Jesus’ significance in our lives?

7 | Read Mark 9:9, where Jesus instructs the disciples not to tell anyone about the transfiguration until after His resurrection. Why do you think Jesus gave this command?

8 | Reflect on Jesus’ teaching in Mark 9:35, where He emphasises servant leadership. How does this contrast with most people’s understanding of greatness and influence? How can we practice servant leadership in our communities? (See also Matthew 20:26-28 and Philippians 2:3-5)

9 | As you pray, ask that God would help you see how glorious he really is. Pray that Jesus would become ‘greater’ in your life.

As you explore these questions pray for one another to deepen and develop your relationship with Jesus.


King’s Cross’ by Timothy Keller

Unpredictable yet reliable, gentle yet powerful, authoritative yet humble, human yet divine.’ Respected pastor and bestselling author Tim Keller takes a deep and thought-provoking look at the life of Christ. Drawing from Mark’s gospel, he explains how Jesus’ identity as king and his purpose in dying on the cross have meaning and significance on a cosmic scale as well as for the individual. THE REASON FOR GOD gave a passionate and intellectually compelling case for God, while THE PRODIGAL GOD explored the gospel’s central message of grace. Now KING’S CROSS gives a captivating account of the person at the heart of it all: Jesus. Written in Keller’s trademark authoritative yet inviting style, this book will unlock new insights for believers and unbelievers alike. (Source)

‘The Gospel According to Mark’ by James R. Edwards

This new Pillar volume offers exceptional commentary on Mark that clearly shows the second Gospel—though it was a product of the earliest Christian community—to be both relevant and sorely needed in today’s church.

Written by a biblical scholar who has devoted thirty years to the study of the second Gospel, this commentary aims primarily to interpret the Gospel of Mark according to its theological intentions and purposes, especially as they relate to the life and ministry of Jesus and the call to faith and discipleship. Unique features of James Edwards’s approach include clear descriptions of key terms used by Mark and revealing discussion of the Gospel’s literary features, including Mark’s use of the “sandwich” technique and of imagistic motifs and irony. Edwards also proposes a new paradigm for interpreting the difficult “Little Apocalypse” of chapter 13, and he argues for a new understanding of Mark’s controversial ending. (Source)

‘Gospel of Mark Summary’ by The Bible Project

Watch this overview video on the book of Mark, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Mark demonstrates that Jesus is Israel’s Messiah who inaugurates God’s kingdom through his suffering, death, and resurrection.




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