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in Mark

Mark 7:1-23 - January 19th 2018

Inductive Bible Study - Mark 7:1-23

Honor the Commands of God

Read Mark 7:1-23

  1. What do the Pharisees and scribes observe about Jesus’ disciples? Why was that noteworthy to them?
  2. What do they ask Jesus?
  3. How does Jesus respond at first (verses 6-13)?
    1. What is the issue Jesus takes with them?
    2. What examples does he give?
  4. In the examples Jesus gives of how they are leaving the commands of God, but holding to the commands of men, what do these examples show about what they really value? What they didn’t value?
  5. In verses 14ff, Jesus gives a more general explanation. What is his basic point?
    1. How does this illuminate his previous reaction to the Pharisees’ question?
  6. Who asks him for more explanation? What does Jesus say to them?
    1. What does not defile a man?
    2. What does defile a man?
    3. What does this mean for how a person can be pure in the eyes of God?

Application:

  1. What warning is there for us about traditions we might adopt? What kind of questions should we be asking to help us discern if a tradition is helpful or a cover for sin?
  2. What application does Mark give regarding food? Why is this an important application?
  3. If all these sinful thoughts and actions are what defile a person, how can a person keep from being defiled?




in Mark

Mark 6:45-56 - January 12th 2018

Hard hearts and walking on water

Read Mark 6:45-53

  1. What had just happened previously? (v.30-44)
  2. What does Jesus make his disciples do and why?
    1. What does Jesus do?
  3. Describe the scene and make note of the details. (v. 47-49)
  4. What do the disciples think and how do they feel?
  5. What does Jesus tell them?
    1. What have we seen in Mark so far which is similar?
  6. What does their response reveal about them?
    1. What should they have understood about the loves?
      1. What did the loaves demonstrate about Jesus’ identity?
    2. Why didn’t they understand?

 

  1. Consider these passages (v. 30-44, and v. 45-53) in a whole Bible context.
    1. What similar stories are there that come to mind?

 

Read Mark 6:54-56

  1. What does this summary tell us about Jesus?
    1. What has Jesus been doing so far in Mark? 

Application:

  1. What do we learn about Jesus from this passage?
  2. Why were the disciples afraid? What didn’t they understand? Why didn’t they understand?
    1. So what do our fears reveal about us? (Discuss things that tempt you to fear now).
  3. What is the solution to hardened hearts?
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