Our men’s class will be starting a new series on the Gospel of Mark on Wednesday. The book divides so nicely after chapter eight that I decided to try something different. I am going to take the first eight chapters and then our men will be taking the last eight chapters. This will be an opportunity to equip our men to be improve their teaching skills. We will sit down and discuss their respective chapters one-on-one before they teach it and ask questions like: Where is the narrative trying to take us/how does Jesus teaching fit with the surrounding narrative? What questions do you ask of the text? What questions does the text ask you? How do you find the best resources in the church library? What does the text mean and how does that challenge us to live more fully? How do you structure a lesson in a way that appropriately follows the lead of the text and makes the main points of the text?
Here are a couple of resources I will be consulting:
College Press commentary on Mark by Allen Black of HUGSR
Israel’s Scripture Traditions and the Synoptic Gospels: Story Shaping Story by Willard Swartley
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels eds Joel Green & Scott McKnight
Mark for Everyone by N.T. Wright
What questions would you ask and what resources have you found helpful in teaching Mark?