Opening Question What do you hope to gain from studying this book?
Small Group Covenant
Read the italicized passages of Scripture in Chapter 1.
- Mark starts off his gospel with, “The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” What is the significance of those words?
- What difference does it make if the Gospel of Mark “…is almost certainly the eyewitness testimony of Peter” (p. xiii)?
- Do you think that the Bible is a book that understands you? If yes, how? (see pp. xv-xvi)
- How does Mark’s account of the Baptism of Jesus point back to the creation of the world?
- Author Tim Keller notes that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are all present both at creation, and Jesus’ Baptism (which is the beginning of God’s project of redeeming the world). Then he asks “But why is it important that creation and redemption are both products of a Trinity, one God in three persons?” (p. 5) How would you answer his question?
- “You’re glorifying something when you find it beautiful for what it is in itself. Its beauty compels you to adore it, to have your imagination captured by it…. And when it’s a person you find beautiful in that way, you want to serve them unconditionally.” (pp. 6-7) What is the difference between serving someone unconditionally and serving someone because you get some benefit from it or because it meets a need you have?
- Describe the relationship the Father, the Son and the Spirit have with each other. (see pp. 7-8)
- Who God is has huge implications for the meaning and purpose of human life. What difference does it make to the meaning and purpose of life to have a God of three persons dancing around each other in mutual self-giving love? (see pp. 9-10)
- If we enter the divine dance with the Trinity, we immediately enter a battleground. Describe that battleground.
- Adam and Eve did not obey God about the tree. Jesus did. What difference does that make to us in our battleground?