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Mark 1-8: The Coming King

Ten studies for individuals or groups

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These studies take you on a journey of discovery as the disciples learn who Jesus really is.

Part of the Good Book Guides series.

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Jesus has always been endlessly fascinating to people, yet few know accurately the eye-witness record of Jesus found in the gospels. These ten Bible-studies in Mark’s gospel provide a great opportunity to find out the truth about Jesus, taking you on a journey of discovery through the first eight chapters, as the disciples learn who Jesus really is. Find out for yourself just how much Mark has packed into his brief account of Jesus!

You’ll learn, beyond doubt, that Jesus is King, but also find answers to many questions: Why does this promised king come in such a secret way? Why is He powerful, yet opposed? Why does He stop people talking about Him? Why do some recognize Him, but not others?

Most of all however, with two very practical sections for personal application in every session, this course aims to help each of us live with Jesus as our king.

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  • Introduction

  • 1. The Promised King (Mark 1:1-14)
    2. The Powerful King (Mark 1:14-2:12)
    3. The Opposed King (Mark 2:1-3:35)
    4. The Hidden King (Mark 4:1-34)
    5. The Victorious King (Mark 4:35-5:43)
    6. The Rejected King (Mark 6:1-29)
    7. The Shepherd King (Mark 6:30-56)
    8. The Purifying King (Mark 7:1-23)
    9. The Recognized King (Mark 7:24-8:30)
    10. The Servant King (Mark 8:22-38)

  • Leaders' notes

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Contributors Tim Chester
ISBN 9781904889281
Format Paperback
Dimensions 5.5" x 8.3" x 0.2"
Weight 4.59 oz
Print size 9.0pt
Case quantity 60
Language English
Pages 96
No. of studies 10
Publisher The Good Book Company

Other information

The Good Book Guides have been developed to ensure that each session not only seeks to uncover the meaning of the passage and see how it fits into the big picture of the Bible, but also leads people to apply what they have learned to their lives. Flexible and practical, the Good Book Guides are ideal for small groups, or individual study.


Justin Taylor

Gospel Coalition blogger and Vice-President of Editorial, Crossway

The format is very user-friendly and the content is rich and accessible.

Matt Smethurst

Gospel Coalition reviewer and Master of Divinity student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

God-centered, application-oriented, and driven by the text throughout, this resource is a gift to God’s church.

Dave Brewer

Youth Pastor at Covenant Life Church, Maryland

Here at Covenant Life Church, we have greatly benefitted from the small group resources from The Good Book Company. Many small groups in our family life ministry have used "Colossians: Confident Christianity" in their study of scripture. Additionally, our youth ministry has used "Romans 1-5: God and You" in their small groups. Both resources were very easy to use, helped the reader engage directly with the scriptures, and had a wonderful pastoral emphasis demonstrated in all the questions.

Customer reviews

Feb. 18, 2021

“Tim Chester's Mark 1-8”

Fast efficient delivery.
The study book is good, asking questions that dont have obvious answers which I find irritating. Room for application and exploration.

March 7, 2020

“Really useful tool to help better understand the bible”

Excellent tool to help you go deeper into the bible and understand what it's conveying to the reader. New or establised Christians could all benifit from this book.

Dec. 21, 2016

“Helpful and thorough studies of the life of Jesus”

After studies elsewhere in the scriptures it has been good to return to the life of Jesus. So far we have only looked at the first three studies, but it has been helpful to have them based on a particular aspect of Jesus' life, and some of the questions have led to some quite lively discussions. Because of the amount of material we normally split the studies into two parts so it is helpful to have application questions in the middle as well as at the end of the studies.

Nov. 7, 2016

“This book is so useful”

I bought this book as leader of a local church Bible study group. Its structure and layout is greatly appreciated by all those using it. It has proved extremely popular.

May 24, 2016

“It's ok”

We have been using this in our Bible study group. I have to say the getting in to the text is really good, it helps get the discussion started. But sadly I feel the application is no the best, I feel it misses the main application of most of the passages.

May 2, 2016

“Fit for the King!!!”

Have been challenged by John Stott 's statement that the sharper our vision of Christ the sharper our vision for discipleship. Therefore thought it would be good for our small group to take a closer look at Jesus.We are a fairly mature group in age and although pretty familiar with Mark,s gospel we have only had two sessions in this study guide but finding the content to be good and invoking discussion within the members.

Dec. 28, 2015

“excellent studies”

We use this study in our home with younger adults and have found it to continually call us back to the truths of God's word. It is relevant, giving us a platform to discuss how the Christian is to work-out the gospel in the surrounding culture surrounding.

Nov. 7, 2011

“Great for personal or group study”

This is a helpful resource whether you're delving into the gospel of Mark for the first or know it well. Whether for personal study or small groups, the questions provide a useful framework which can be built upon. The leaders notes are good and provide further study suggestions.

Nov. 10, 2010

“Good study guide for a confident group”

A good study guide to Mark's gospel that encourages the group to look into the Old Testament. Some of the questions, though, need rephrasing as they can really only be answered using the additional questions in the "leader's study guide" at the back. As there is so much input from the OT, lots of flicking back and forth is needed during the discussion which is difficult for people who are not used to finding their way around the Bible.

Nov. 10, 2009

“Helpful and challenging”

This study helps you to go deeper into the book of Mark and asks thoughtful questions. Four of us have been looking at this study book together and have found it very helpful.

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