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 and their first Bible study could sound like, “Wow! When?” instead of “What? Huh?”

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