The guides in this series by Tom Wright can be used on their own or alongside his New Testament for Everyone commentaries. They are designed to help you understand the Bible in fresh ways under the guidance of one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars. Thoughtful questions, prayer suggestions, and useful background and cultural information all guide you into a deeper understanding of the Christian story and the Christian life. Imagine the people of Israel at the time of Jesus. They knew they were the people of God, his chosen nation, yet the Roman enemy occupied the land God had given them. The solution for many was to take up arms against Rome, violently expel their oppressors and restore God’s kingdom. They believed that a Messiah would lead them to this glorious victory. Then Jesus burst on to the scene with a completely different message, announcing a new kind of kingdom – imagine! These twenty studies explore the dynamic picture of Jesus and his kingdom so vividly portrayed in Mark’s Gospel. They invite us to be amazed all over again at the revolutionary power of Jesus’ words and works, enabling us to find relevance and meaning for our lives and our modern, troubled world.