On Sunday morning we're starting a sermon series in the gospel according to Mark. It would be brilliant to pick up your Bible and read Mark cover to cover. Even better, read it from cover to cover twice. Or read it once for yourself, and then listen to a good audio Bible (The Complete NIV Audio Bible: Read by David Suchet). Don't worry about understanding all the details; the aim is simply to increase your familiarity with Mark and to help you notice some of the big repeated ideas.



When you've read Mark cover to cover, just for fun, here are a few quiz questions*


1. Who calls Jesus the 'Messiah' or the 'Son of God'?

(there is more than one correct answer)


2. Complete the verse: 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must...'


3. The number twelve crops up a few times in Mark.

What different things are there twelve of in Mark's gospel?


4. Which of the following is not found in Mark's gospel?


(a) 'But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.'

(b) 'Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.'

(c) He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few people who were ill and heal them.


5. List all the animals mentioned in Mark's gospel (more than you think!)


*quiz questions are from the book Dig Deeper into the Gospels

This is the third story for families based on the next passage in the gospel of Mark. Each story is short - 200 words or less. Each story is simple - I've tried to use language that a 3-7 year old can understand. I've also included a few questions at the end to try and help move the conversation between parent(s) and child(ren) towards the point of the passage for us today.



Follow the King based on Mark 1:16-20 and Mark 2:13-17:


There were two brothers called Simon and Andrew. And they were fishermen (which meant they were very smelly!) But Simon and Andrew had seen that Jesus was a really powerful King. And so when Jesus called to them one day, Simon and Andrew listened. Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me!’ And they did. Straight away.


There were also two brothers called James and John. And they were fishermen too (which meant they were very smelly too!) And James and John had also seen that Jesus was a really powerful King. And so when Jesus called to them one day, James and John listened. Jesus said them, ‘Follow me!’ And they did. Straight away.


But then there was Matthew. And Matthew wasn’t a fisherman. He was a tax collector. And he was a very, very greedy man. But Jesus was a very, very forgiving King. Matthew had seen that Jesus was a very, very forgiving King. And so when Jesus called to him one day – Matthew listened. Jesus said to him, ‘Follow me!’ And he did. Straight away. And so Matthew was also friends with King Jesus – and that was good news for him too.


Questions:

Why did Simon, Andrew, James, John and Matthew all follow Jesus?

What type of King is Jesus?

Why is it good news to follow King Jesus?

This is the second story for families based on the next passage in the gospel of Mark. Each story is short - 200 words or less. Each story is simple - I've tried to use language that a 3-7 year old can understand. I've also included a few questions at the end to try and help move the conversation between parent(s) and child(ren) towards the point of the passage for us today.



The King's Power based on Mark 1:21-2:12:


John the Baptist said that King Jesus would be a really, really powerful King. And he was! King Jesus told evil spirits to leave people alone and they did. Straight away! King Jesus touched a woman with a high temperature and she got better. Straight away! King Jesus touched a man with sore skin and he got better. Straight away! One day, all the poorly people in the town came to see King Jesus and he made them all better. Straight away!


On another day, four men carried a friend (who couldn’t walk) on a mat to see King Jesus. He was in a house full of people. There were people here and people there. There were people everywhere and there was no way in. And so the four men carried their friend (who couldn’t walk) on to the roof of the house. They dug a hole and lowered their friend down to see King Jesus. And Jesus said to the man: ‘I’m God’s King – and I forgive you!’ The man was now friends with King Jesus – and that was very, very, good news! And then… King Jesus made his legs better too!


Questions:

How did Jesus show his power?

What is the very, very good news about King Jesus?

Sunday at 10:30am

Mangotsfield Primary School

Emersons Green

Church Farm Road 

BS16 7EY

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