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Scripture: Mark 16:15–20

Memory verse: Mark 16:15
"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation."


Today's study leads us to the presentation of the Great Commission in Mark 16:15. In this verse, Mark uses the word "preach", but in Mark 1:14 he uses the word "proclaiming" when referring to Jesus sharing the good news of God. The words are similar, but have a different emphasis.

PROCLAIM means to make an announcement and to share information. PREACH means to deliver a message and give advice in an insistent way, pressing for a response.

Here is an example showing the difference:

Proclaim (announce): "Next Sunday we will study from the gospel of Luke. You are invited."

Preach (insistent, pressing): "You will not want to miss next Sunday's study from the gospel of Luke. Bring your Bible because we have a guest teacher from the Bible school to lead the study. Also, a student is coming with him to tell how Jesus has transformed his life. Come early to make sure you get a seat!"

Ask the students to give other examples showing the difference between proclaiming and preaching.

Hearing God's Word

After Jesus arose from the dead, He appeared to His disciples to give them a final command. Let us take a look at how Mark presents this command that believers call the Great Commission.

Commanded to Preach

Mark 16:15 - "He (Jesus) said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation." The command to preach is given by Jesus. His disciples are to go everywhere—every continent, country, town and village—preaching to every adult, youth and child. The message of the gospel to be delivered is that Jesus paid the price for our sins and today offers eternal life to all who put their trust in Him. (Ask the class to say the memory verse together.)

(Ask a student to read Mark 16:16.) Jesus promises that those who believe in Him and makes a public declaration of their faith by being baptized in water will be saved—ready for heaven. But those who reject the truth of the gospel will be condemned to an eternity in hell.

Ask: Why is it important to preach the gospel? (Allow responses.)

The command to preach the gospel is very important because the eternal destiny of human beings will be determined by their response to the message. Consequently, every believer must preach the gospel! The message of good news must be delivered!

Commissioned with Power

Mark 16:17 - "And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will...."

A promise of power is given to all believers: pastors, church leaders, Sunday school teachers, choir members, church members and to every believing youth. Your witness for Jesus Christ will be accompanied by signs—miracles and supernatural answers to prayer. Jesus wants you to preach the gospel. He will verify that the message is true by doing miraculous things in you and through you.

Remember, it is "in His Name" and for His glory that Jesus endorses your witness. The miracle is not performed in your name or because of your influence. It is by Jesus' authority that you step out in faith and ask for a miracle. Be careful to give the glory to God and it will surprise you how God will demonstrate His power through you. Be bold! Pray for your classmates and their families. Then, watch Jesus miraculously minister to their needs.

Some, but not all, of the signs and miracles believers will see accompany their witness are listed in Mark 1:16-17. (Ask a student to read these verses.) They are as follows:
1. Drive out demons: This miracle happened often in the ministry of Jesus and the apostles.
2. Speak in new tongues: Pentecostals understand this to be a language given to them supernaturally when they are baptized with the Holy Spirit. Also, the Holy Spirit enables messengers to learn a new language in order to preach the gospel to all language groups.
3. Pick up snakes with their hands: This sign is recorded only once when the apostle Paul shook off the snake that had fastened itself on his hand (Acts 28:5).
4. Drink deadly poison: There is no record in Scripture of this happening. Handling snakes and drinking poison are not meant to be spiritual rituals. Rather, these are promises given to believers who encounter such dangers in the work of the Lord.
5. Place their hands on sick people, and they will get well: Driving out demons, speaking in new tongues and praying for the sick are demonstrated and encouraged throughout the New Testament. These miracles are a result of being commissioned by Jesus and exercising authority in His Name.

Ask: Have you ever seen God work a miracle? (Allow responses.)

Accepting God's Word

Jesus completed His instructions to the disciples and He was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.

Mark 16:20 - "Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere." Jesus gave the command and immediately the disciples obeyed. They went everywhere to everyone and preached with persuasion the good news of the gospel. They soon discovered they were not alone. Jesus, by His Spirit, was right there beside them. They were seeing amazing results!

Mark 16:20 - "And the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it." The disciples preached. Jesus confirmed the message they were delivering by performing miracles. As a result, the Kingdom of God advanced rapidly to all parts of the known world.

Today, Jesus wants to do the same through you as a young believer. Jesus makes this clear in John 14:12, "Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."

Ask: What do we need to do to see God work miracles in our homes and at school? (Allow responses.)

Present the information about the Orma tribe given below. View the video, if possible.

Meet the Orma


Kenya 75,000


Islam: 95%    

Born-Again Believers: Very few


The Orma are remnants of the once powerful "Galla nation" of Ethiopia and northern Kenya. In the late nineteenth century, wars with neighbouring tribes forced the Orma to migrate south. Some moved to the rich delta area of the lower Tana River in Kenya, and others settled west of the river. 

Raising cattle is their basic means of survival. Their distinct breed of the white, long-horned zebu cattle is among the finest in Africa. The cows are commonly known as Borana cows (with a hump). Zebu cattle are used as a "bride price" and are slaughtered at weddings and funerals. Though the Orma basically survive by raising cattle, they also raise goats and sheep. Men who own more than 1,000 head of cattle are granted special recognition in their communities. 

An Orma man traditionally has only one wife, even though polygamy is allowed now that the Orma are almost exclusively Muslim. The firstborn child of either sex is named after one of the paternal grandparents.

Masculinity in attitudes, rituals, and symbolism is customary. Such things as bravery and warrior ethics are also stressed. Spear throwing and fighting are admirable skills among the men, and those who have killed dangerous animals are honoured.


"Islam has failed us!" is the feeling of many Orma. The Orma are a small tribe and often their children's educational needs have been overlooked. Islam brought mosques, but wherever Christianity has gone, it has taken education to the people. Also, years of drought have eliminated a lot of their grazing areas. This has forced them to reduce the size of their herds by selling them below market price.


The Orma's disappointment with Islam, conflict with neighbouring tribes over grazing rights, and the premature sale of their cattle have disturbed their society. These conditions appear to have opened the door for a messenger to step through, address the need and have the opportunity to share the gospel.

Currently there are a few known born-again believers, including some secondary students who are declaring themselves Christian when filling out their registration forms. Action needs to be taken now to step through this opening in the Islamic wall. Messengers to the Orma will fulfil the prophecy of Isaiah 66:19, "They will proclaim my glory among the nations."

Pray for the Orma Tribe

1. Find true freedom in Jesus Christ,
2. Distressing circumstances to improve and peace to reign in their hearts,
3. Messengers to proclaim God's glory among the Orma.

Prayer Promise

"You (God) will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you" (Isaiah 26:3).

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Memory verse: Mark 16:15
"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation."

1. I will preach the gospel to everyone.
2. Eternity either in heaven of hell will be determined by their response.
3. God will confirm the message by working a miracle.

Pray for the Orma Tribe

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