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  • Writer's pictureAbigail Rayne

Bible Study Announcement!

The world we live in is unsteady and uncertain. During these times, we find ourselves continuously looking for answers to our restlessness. Deep in our hearts, we know that we are called to a higher purpose. But what is that purpose? Maybe the better question to ask is, who is our purpose?

Society would quickly answer that question with, “It’s your life, so your purpose is you!” All we have to do is give into every desire, every need, every want, etc. If you continue searching the endless possibilities of the world, eventually you will be happy… Right?

Wrong. Our longing for something bigger cannot be found within ourselves, our families, our friends, or our indulgences. In fact, we are not called to follow the ways of the world at all. The world we live in is trying to distract us from our true Purpose.

Friends, our purpose is to love God and love others so they may also know him! We are called to serve Jesus, who rescued us from our sins and gives us the gift of grace. He is the answer to all of our longings. Jesus is our purpose!

Some of you may be saying to yourselves, “Okay but… what does that mean?” Which is both a valid and huge question.

To answer that question, I invite you to come on a journey with me through Mark’s account of the Gospel. Below is a quick overview of what the Gospel of Mark is and what this study will look like.

What is the Gospel?

The world “Gospel” means good news. The good news that Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, died, and resurrected all to save us from the death we deserved. Jesus’ sacrifice allows us to live in eternity with God!

Where is Mark in the Bible?

The first four books of the New Testament (the second section of the Bible) are called the Gospels. These books are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. All of these are accounts of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Mark is the second account in our Bibles of Jesus’ life. Mark’s account is the shortest of the four, but it is so powerful!

What will this study look like?

Each week, we will walk through one to two chapters of Mark. Through my blog posts, I will point out verses and themes of the book that I think are significant. I may not go over every verse in detail. I encourage you to read the chapters on your own and spend some time in scripture! Some things that I may not mention could stick out to you. Feel free to leave a comment about the chapters we are studying! I would love to connect with you about what you thought was interesting or significant.

Where can I get a Bible if I don’t have one?

There is a free app you can download that is really great! It’s simply called The Bible App. There, you can read scripture, access studies, and get daily encouragement. There are several other bible apps out there, but I know this one is free and it comes with so many resources. The version I will be using for this study is ESV (English Standard Version).

I will be the first to tell you that I do not have all of the answers! I definitely do not understand everything in Mark or in the Bible. However, if you have a question, I will try my best to answer it and point you toward resources to help! My hope and prayer is that you will have a deeper understanding of Jesus and the Gospel through this study.

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