Series Introduction: Unexpected King

“But what about you?” Jesus asked his disciples. “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29)

Welcome to Season 2 of the Mark series!

Last fall, we explored an Unexpected Kingdom, the Kingdom of God, through the Gospel of Mark. Now our Unexpected King will lead us on a journey to discover what it means for him to lay down his life.

What does it mean for us to take up our crosses and follow him? Who is this unexpected king whose life and whose sacrifice would inspire hope in people of every culture for millennia to come?

Unexpected King Series

February 23 – The King’s Power (Mark 9:2-29)
March 1 – Servant King (Mark 9:30-10:44)
March 8 – The King’s Entrance (Mark 10:46-11:33)
March 15 – Debate King (Mark 12:1-44)
March 22 – The King’s Prediction (Mark 13:1-37)
March 29 – The King’s Banquet (Mark 14:1-52)
April 5 – Crucified King (Mark 14:53-15:41)
April 12 –  Risen King (Mark 15:42-16:8)
April 19 – Following King Jesus (Overview of Book of Mark )

Recommended Resources

For this series, we’ve created a journal to help each of us grow in our habit of reading and studying Scripture. Its layout -with margins- is to encourage engagement with the text:

  • As you’re reading, circle words and phrases that jump out at you. Write your questions and observations in the margins. We retain more as we engage with the text in this way.
  • Each week as you are listening to Sunday message, use this journal to take notes and record your questions and thoughts. 
  • Check out this post about meeting Jesus in the book of Mark.

You can get your copy at the info desk at your site. We have limited quantities, so we are asking that you take one per person. If you’d like to share this resource with friends and family, you can download an electronic copy here.

The Book of Mark // The Bible Project

To get an overview of the book of Mark, along with some of the main themes, watch this video from The Bible Project:

The Gospel is More than You Think (How to Read the Bible series) // The Bible Project

“Where does the word “gospel” come from, and are we using it right? Learn the history of this word and dive into how the biblical authors talked about the gospel. What is the gospel? The answer is far deeper and more exciting than we’ve been led to believe.” Listen here.

Mark for Everyone // N.T. Wright

For those who want to study further, Mark for Everyone is a great commentary for those who are newer to the Bible AND those who have been reading and studying for a while. It’s a perfect blend of scholarship and readability. 

Finally, be sure to subscribe to the Next Steps blog to get ideas for how you can make the most of the Mark journal, plus other engaging content that will help you grow in your relationship with God.