Take Up Your Cross - February 28, 2021

Bible Study “Take Up Your Cross”

Share:  Your highs (something that made you happy) and lows (something that made you sad) this week with others around you or write them down.


Do you remember what season we are in at this time in the church year?  Last week you explored what the season of Lent was and you may have thought about what you were giving up or taking on during Lent and following the 40 Day Lenten Calendar.  What have you and your family done this week to mark Lent in your home.


Opening Prayer:  Gracious Lord, we ask you to guide us today as we discover more about who you are and how we are to follow you in our lives each day. Amen


The theme of Lent this year is “Getting Equipped for Ministry” – getting ready to do the work we have been given to do. Jesus, also, was getting equipped for his ministry. And he was helping his friends get ready, too.


Just prior to our reading today, Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they offer the various responses that they have heard from others. “But who do YOU say that I am?” asks Jesus. Who are you following? Today, Jesus once again teaches those around him who he is, therefore, what is ahead for the Son of God and what that means for the followers of Jesus.


Please open your Bibles to Mark 8:31-38 and read or read the scriptures below. 


Mark 8:31-38

Jesus Predicts His Death

31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

The Way of the Cross

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

Reflection Questions:

  • Jesus began to teach people openly about what was going to happen to him. What does Jesus say is going to happen to him?  
  • What is going on between Peter and Jesus in verses 32 and 33?
  • Jesus then tells the crowd that “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” What do you think he means? What would it mean to take up our cross and follow Jesus?

Click on Answers for these questions.


Click her for the young learner’s lesson


Videos (Click on the words or url)

Seed: Daily Reflection/Vlog#59/English/Mark8:31-38 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngN496N2Fpk

Overview: Markhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGHqu9-DtXk

Stepping in front of God – Mark 8:31-38 Jesse Stokes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzS2096HM5Y



“Take Up Your Cross” sung by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0m606j7qWA



Word Search: https://thewordsearch.com/puzzle/2041344/take-up-your-cross/

Take Up Your Cross: Explore the meaning of “taking up your cross and following Jesus” by developing your own “cross.” In these 40 days of Lent, as we give things up, take things on, or change how we are living our lives, how might those be ways that we are following Jesus? Click on cross and print out the cross illustration.  Illustrate what it might mean to take up your cross to follow Jesus. If they are having a difficult time thinking about this or figuring out what to do, think about what it means to you to be a Christian. What are the hard parts? What are the comforting parts?

Here are some additional questions that may help you ponder what it means to you.

Can you think of times when following Jesus will:

• make you seem odd to friends at school or community activities?

• will cause you to have to make difficult choices?

• invite you to be who you really are, using your gifts and talents?

• help you discover what is really true, valuable, and beautiful?

• may be even change your priorities?


Prayer:  Thank you, Jesus, for showing us the ways to follow you. Thank you for loving us as we learn how to do what you call us to do. Amen.