Read the entire chapter of Mark 9 at least once, then re-read Mark 9:30-50 multiple times. In this second half of the chapter, Jesus is taking time to train the disciples. Several have just accompanied him up the mountain and seen him transformed into a dazzling white while talking to Moses and Elijah. Then they come down the mountain into the drama of a crowd, a boy with convulsions, a desperate father, teachers of the law arguing, and confused disciples who haven’t been successful in their ministry.
- Notice what grabs your attention.
- Who is present?
- When does this take place?
- Where are the settings for these training sessions?
- What ideas or actions do you notice repeated?
- How does Jesus create emphasis for the key points of this training for the disciples? (Hint: Pay attention to the metaphors.)
- Why so you think Jesus is addressing these issues with the disciples? What might be his concerns?
- Summarize the training in a few phrases or sentences. Compare your summary to verses 49-50.
If you were giving or receiving a discipleship/leadership training in your church this weekend, how might you utilize these same issues applied to current socioeconomic, political, local context?
- What is the challenge here for your congregation’s leadership?
- How are you personally challenged to be both salty and at peace?