What Does It Mean to Take Up Our Cross?

Mark 8:34–38


In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that following Jesus isn’t about a Sunday morning commitment; it’s about carrying your cross every morning.

Principle for Bible Reading

Plan to Do, Not Just Hear

As you read the word, remember the commandment of Jesus, reiterated by James, to be doers and not merely hearers of the word (Matthew 7:24–27; James 1:22–25).

Seldom does anyone wander into obedience. Often we must take time to not only digest what we have read, but to plan for how we can practically obey God’s will.

Study Questions

  1. If an unbeliever asks you what it means to follow Jesus, what would you tell them?
  2. What do you think it means to practically take up your cross in Mark 8:34? How about to deny yourself?
  3. In what ways are you not denying yourself and taking up your cross? How can you follow Jesus more faithfully this week?