The first Bible study

In the gospel of Mark, chapter 9, Jesus tells Peter, James, and John not to speak of what they just saw until He rises from the dead. Peter, James, and John go on to discuss among themselves what “rising from the dead” means.

Perhaps this is the first recorded Bible study.

Or maybe it simply shows how tough it is to see outside our categories. The same thing happens in Mark 8 where Jesus chides them, “Why are you talking about having no bread?” He continues with: Don’t you see? Don’t you hear? Don’t you remember? Don’t you understand?

Nope. It takes faith (which comes from time in the Word) and perspective (which comes from observing God’s ways together). Bring faith and perspective to your students.

Published by Paul Santhouse

I’m a husband and father, follower of Jesus Christ, and member of the Moody Publishers team. I've worked with gifted authors and their books for thirty-plus years, and I believe the local church is where we become the kind of people who reveal what Jesus is like. Since this is my personal blog, the views and opinions expressed herein are my own, not those of my employer. However — books, publishing, the work of the church, and learning to follow Jesus are central to my daily experience, so that's what this blog is about. Thanks for visiting! Paul

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