Mark — jesus in action

Every year VOUS sets aside moments to read and meditate on a specific book in the Bible. As we study the Bible, we believe God equips us for current and future seasons.

"Mark: Jesus In Action" is a 6 month study on the book of Mark, a letter in the New Testament that presents a picture of Jesus as the Messiah who came on mission and actively pursued his purpose from the moment his ministry began until the moment his work on earth was finished.

Join us as we dive into this book — journaling through daily readings, deconstructing theological principals, and finding practical ways to apply God's word to our everyday lives.

MARK FACT SHEET

AUTHOR:
John Mark
Date:
AD 50-55
SUMMARY: The Gospel of Mark is the first of the four written. It tells the story of Jesus in action. His Gospel is filled with accounts of Jesus moving, teaching, healing, and empowering his disciples. Mark doesn’t waste a moment, moving quickly and giving only the details he deems absolutely necessary to drive the narrative or to reveal the character of Jesus. He presents a picture of Jesus as the Messiah who came on mission and actively pursued his purpose from the moment his ministry began until the moment his work on earth was finished.
Galilee → On The Way → Jerusalem

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8-WEEK MARK STUDY

Begins Monday, January 4

21 DAYS OF PRAYER & FASTING

At specific moments each year we intentionally set our focus on God and meditate on His promises.

Pray First is a 21-day period of fasting and prayer designed to prioritize our relationship with God and focus on his truths. As a community we unify and set aside time to pray, fast and wait on God to recalibrate our thoughts and restore our hope.

Pray First Gathering
Jan 6th @ 7:30AM & 7:30PM
Join us as we unite in worship, pray for one another, and encourage each other for the season ahead
IN-PERSON
Design District - 77 NE 40th St Miami, FL
Evening 7:30PM
ONLINE — ZOOM & YOUTUBE
Morning 7:30AM
Evening 7:30PM
Pray First Gathering
Jan 13th @ 7:30AM & 7:30PM
Join us as we unite in worship, pray for one another, and encourage each other for the season ahead
IN-PERSON
Design District - 77 NE 40th St Miami, FL
Evening 7:30PM
ONLINE — ZOOM & YOUTUBE
Morning 7:30AM
Evening 7:30PM
Pray First Gathering
Jan 20th @ 7:30AM
Join us as we unite in worship, pray for one another, and encourage each other for the season ahead
IN-PERSON
Design District - 77 NE 40th St Miami, FL
Evening 7:30PM
ONLINE — ZOOM & YOUTUBE
Morning 7:30AM
Evening 7:30PM
Heart & Soul
Jan 20th @ 7:30PM
Heart and Soul is where we get to look back and celebrate the wins of the previous season.

DAILY PRAYER TOPICS

DAY 01 - Vision & Purpose
DAY 02 - Justice & Unity
DAY 03 - Hope & Endurance
DAY 04 - Repentance
DAY 05 - Physical Healing
DAY 06 - Economy & Provision
DAY 07 - Our Nation & Leaders
DAY 08 - Encouragement in Suffering
DAY 09 - Servant Leaders
DAY 10 - VOUS College
DAY 11 - Marriages & Families
DAY 12 - The Brokenhearted
DAY 13 - Direction & Discernment
DAY 14 - Outreach
DAY 15 - Mental Health
DAY 16 - VOUS High & The Next Generation
DAY 17 - VOUS Crews
DAY 18 - Pastors & Churches
DAY 19 - Children & Schools
DAY 20 - Those Who Are Grieving
DAY 21 - The Renewal of All Things

WHY PRAY

The power of prayer deepens our dependence on Him and sharpens our faith. When we pray we choose to put everything in God’s hands knowing that His hand will show up in every aspect of our lives and in those around us.

The act of prayer is what creates our intimacy with God. We can practice the spiritual habit of prayer knowing that our requests go to a God who hears us and who invites us to be intimately involved in His plan. For this reason, we pray in confidence knowing that our prayers are powerful and can bring about change in any circumstance.

There are no levels to this. We all can enter prayer with a posture of trust, openness, and faith, believing that God can do far more than we could even ask or imagine.  It’s not about our circumstance, it’s about our heart stance.

Prayer sharpens our faith

Prayer creates deeper intimacy with God

Prayer is powerful and brings about change

WHY FAST

Fasting is the ancient practice of choosing to abstain from food for a certain period of time. It is a spiritual discipline, the purpose of which is training to become more like Jesus. The motivation of our fasting is to draw closer to the heart of God. Fasting is a Christian discipline to break the power of the flesh in our life – our desires, sins, and cravings – and to feed on the Holy Spirit.

“Fasting helps us to express, to deepen, and to confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves, to attain the Kingdom of God.” - Scot McKnight.

In summary, fasting is not about getting from God but it is about getting to God.
There are different types of fasting, and we recommend prayerfully considering which practice is best for you at this time.

Liquid fast:
Consuming only liquids for a specific period of time
Partial fast:
Abstaining from specific kinds of food. For example: Daniel Fast
TV/Social Media:
Choosing to abstain from certain technologies for a specific period of time

Fasting is a Christian discipline to break the power of the flesh in our life

Fasting is not about getting from God, but rather getting to God

Although the motivation is the same, there are various methods to fasting

DIVE DEEPER

6-MONTH READING PLAN

Messages & Guided Prayers

Guided Prayer
/
Rich Wilkerson Jr.
Becoming
guided prayer
/
DawnCheré Wilkerson
Prayers And Promises
Message
/
Rich Wilkerson Jr.
Developing A Prayer Habit
guided prayer
/
Rich Wilkerson Jr.
A Guided Prayer Journey

More Resources

Pray First Gathering

Wednesday Jan 6th @ 7:30PM