Welcome to Expedition!

An expedition is "an organized group preparing to go on a journey for a specific purpose." We will be preparing together to enhance your disciple making skills so you can go further on the journey of making disciples (who then go and make more disciples).


Expedition is a study through the Gospel of Mark in order to teach you a method to disciple someone else. Expedition is not a beginning Bible study (although you do not have to be a Bible expert) and you will have homework each week. Past expedition members have found that the homework has not only helped with discipleship, but their own walk with Christ.


Questions? Contact Pastor Mike at mike@mvfcolorado.com

The 11 sessions for Expedition will be split between two parts.  We are meeting on Monday evenings from 7pm-8:45pm at Pastor Mike's house in Strasburg.  We respect your time, so we will strive to end on time.  To help us, please arrive before 7pm.

Occasionally we may have an informal & optional dinner together before the class.


Session Schedule:

SessionFocusDateTopicsComments
Session 1Overview of Expedition, expectations, and schedulingMonday
Sept 21
- Introduction to Discipleship
- Homework??

Session 2Start of Mark
and Walk Discipleship
Monday
Sept 28
- Introduction to Mark
- Spiritual maturity
- Spiritual Temperaments

Session 3The Art of Scripture Reading
Monday
Oct 5
- Inductive Study
- Exegesis & Hermeneutics

Session 4Postures for Reading Scripture
Monday
Oct 12
- Levels of reading
- Contemplative reading
- Identity in Christ

Session 5

The Kingdom

Monday
Oct 19
- The Kingdom here but not yet
- Biblically supported answers

No Expedition - Oct 26
Session 6

Jesus and His Disciples

Monday
Nov 2
- Powerful Questions
- Markan Sandwiches

Session 7Starting Your Walk
Monday
Nov 9
- Diving into discipleship
- Lectio Divina

Session 8Holy Week
Monday
Nov 16
- The last week
- Why so much focus on the cross?

Session 9Coaching Your Walk
Monday
Nov 23
- Walk troubleshooting
- Awkward conversations
- Praying out loud

Session 10Confidence when we are afraid and bewildered
Monday
Nov 30
- The end of Mark
- Answering controversy

Session 11The Overall View of Mark
Monday
Dec 7
- Your next growth step

So what is a "Walk"?


In Bible times, people had to often walk from one town to another. They typically traveled during the day in groups, as the roads were often through lonely places and there was dangers from wild animals and robbers. People who did not know each other would group together and of course conversations would happen.

In Luke 24, a couple of Jesus' disciples went on a walk and were joined by an unexpected third person. They ended up talking about how Jesus could be found in all of the scriptures. The disciples learned and grew as they walked together. What a surprise was in store for them when they found out that night that their third companion was the risen Christ!

A "walk" study takes the form of a growing disciple and a mentor/discipler spending time together regularly to intentionally read scripture aloud together. The growing disciple can then ask questions brought up from the text, and the mentor answers them using Bibically supported answers to the best of their ability. This simple discipleship method allows the disciple to mature in the areas they are being prompted by the Holy Spirit.

The "walk" method is highly relational, does not take any special resources, is flexible, and actually teaches the disciple to read, interact with, and study the Bible on their own.

During Expedition, we will teach you how to lead a "walk" Bible study through the Gospel of Mark. We will do this by having you work through the entire book of Mark and work on your own answers to some of the tough questions new believers often ask as they read the text.

You'll have homework each week involving reading Mark, doing the study to find the answers to these questions, and reading a few chapters in some books focused on scripture reading, spiritual development and Bible study. Expect 4 hours of homework a week.  


Past adventurers in Expedition have said the class has greatly impacted their own spiritual life, increased their hunger for their relationship with God, and given them the confidence they needed to actually start discipling someone else.