A Bible Study That Shows How Jesus Changes Everything

When tracing the steps throughout Jesus' life, a good place to start is the Gospel of Mark, which focuses on His teachings, the miracles He had performed, His crucifixion, and His resurrection. I've recently had the pleasure of partaking in a new Bible study called Mark: How Jesus Changes Everything. This twelve-week study is part of The Gospel-Centered Life series.

Mark: How Jesus Changes Everything is a study guide and workbook combined into one. The overall content is written in a way that speaks to a group of individuals, but I've found that it can easily be studied on one's own. With that being said, I think those in a group setting would probably get the most benefit from this. The study calls for Christians to dive deeper into the more complex questions regarding sin and their walk with Jesus. Group members will have the opportunity to compare their own answers to the lesson questions and discuss them with each other. This really adds to the overall content of the book, as individuals can learn from other members while also offering encouragement to one another.

With this twelve-week accessible study for young adults, Mark: How Jesus Changes Everything, John Perritt points readers toward a better love and appreciation for their compassionate savior and suffering servant. Created for one-to-one discipleship, small group, or large settings, this guide is theologically rich in a time when biblical illiteracy is growing among Christians. Rather than a message of moralism, Mark introduces students to Jesus: the lover of the least and the hero of heroes.

Perritt outlines many helpful questions paired with Scripture readings for personal reflection or group discussion. Through in-depth examination of the book of Mark, article readings, and applicable exercises, students experience the compassion and authority of Christ. He helps young adults ask difficult questions: Why was Jesus angry in the book of Mark? How does Peter’s denial of Jesus still fit into God’s perfect plan? What does it mean that even Jesus begs his Father to allow suffering to be removed from him?
By helping students walk away with a better understanding of the themes in the gospel of Mark, Perritt offers them a better understanding of the man, Jesus Christ, who is the gospel—the one who changes everything

John Perritt, MDiv, DMin, is the Director of Resources for Reformed Youth Ministries and serves as the host of The Local Youth Worker podcast for RYM. He is the author of Your Days Are Numbered, What Would Judas Do?, and Time Out! The Gift or God of Youth Sports. He and his wife, Ashleigh, live in Ridgeland, MS, with their five children.

This is a great discipleship tool for those who are new to the Gospel, because it allows Christians to grow in their faith and understanding of Jesus' journey in life, from ministering to others to His resurrection, as well as His personal characteristics.


There are twelve lessons in the book and each one offers various components to bring the weekly studies together.

  • BIG IDEA: Presents the main topic of discussion for the week
  • BIBLE CONVERSATION: Allows students to read a portion of Mark from the Bible and then come back to their study guide to break down what they've just read
  • ARTICLE: This is the main teaching point from the author of the study guide
  • DISCUSSION: Offers ways in which the week's lesson's can be applied to our everyday lives
  • EXERCISE: This is the area where study questions are presented to encourage further discussions among group members
  • WRAP-UP & PRAYER: Closes out the week's lesson with a prayer for continued spiritual growth

While I was expecting more of a comprehensive study on the Gospel of Mark, this book does have many benefits. For one, it offers a practical lesson layout that's well-organized. If you're short on time, it can provide a good baseline on the study of Mark, since the lessons are short and easy to follow. This is initially intended to be a Bible study for older teens and young adults, and that is clear throughout the text. It would definitely be a beneficial read for anyone who is new to the Gospel and would like to learn more about it. With that being said, adults of all ages, even those who are quite familiar with Mark can still benefit from some of the included topics of discussion that are offered in this study.