We’ve spent the last term reading through the gospel of Mark with our older youth group. We covered 13 out of the 16 chapters, looking at some chapters in their entirety and selected highlights from others. I think it’s been a really helpful experience for all involved. It was really great to discover together the questions that Mark’s gospel asks and to see the answers to those questions unfold week by week.
The first 8 chapters are all asking the question “who is this man?” with the answer being revealed in Peter’s famous declaration of 8:29 “You are the Messiah.” The gospel then immediately (what a Markan word) switches direction to ask the questions “what has he come to do?” and “what does it mean to follow Jesus?” with all of this climaxing in the death and resurrection of Jesus. It really was a fantastic experience and I certainly came away feeling like I know my way around Mark a whole lot better as well as understanding his purposes in writing far more.
I was really fortunate to be studying the gospel of Mark as a module of the Moore Course alongside teaching it to our young people which was incredibly helpful. I can really recommend this to anyone who wants to do some study whilst working as it’s a distance learning course and so allows you to be flexible with when you do it. You can also be assessed either by exam or coursework which is good for those who perform better in different situations. They course also offers a number of other modules which may be of use.
If you’re struggling to decide what to teach your young people next term, why not set yourself a challenge and see if you can get through the whole gospel of Mark. You won’t regret it and it’s a great opportunity for your young people to discover who Jesus is, why he came and what it means to follow him.
And of course, it’s a great opportunity to challenge your young people that Jesus is asking them a question: ” Who do you say I am?”