Step 2 in my Bible study method involves finding the Big Idea.
The Big Idea is a one-sentence summary of what the paragraph we’re studying is about. For a little more detail about the Big Idea, see this post.
The paragraph we’re studying this week is the one we established yesterday: Mark 1:29-39. What’s the Big Idea?
What is the implied question in this paragraph?
What was the true purpose of Jesus’ ministry?
How does Mark 1:29-39 answer that implied question?
…to preach the good news, not merely to relieve the suffering of the sick and possessed.
To put this into a one sentence Big Idea, then, we simply put the question and answer above together. Thus, the Big Idea of Mark 1:29-39 is: Although people cam to Jesus for relief from sickness and demon possession, the true purpose of his ministry was to preach the good news (v. 38).
[This post is one of a series of Monday-Friday posts detailing the results of my own personal Bible study following the method and steps I'm teaching in a class here atCalvary Bible Church. For more information about the class, see this post right here.]