Passage: Mark 8:31-38
1. According to verses 34-38, what is central and non-negotiable to be a believer?
2. Taking up one’s cross and following Jesus seems to be a metaphor where the believer is looking at the life on earth lightly for the sake of Jesus and the gospel. In contrast to Jesus calling the idea of saving himself from the cross satanic, what is Jesus trying to teach the disciples and the crowd?