Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Mark

Mark 7:24-37 - February 2nd 2018

Jesus In Gentile Territory

Read Mark 7:24-30

  1. Where did Jesus go and why? Why couldn’t he remain hidden? What’s significant about this area?
  2. Who came to Jesus and why? Why does Mark emphasize her nationality?
  3. Had Jesus done this sort of thing before?
  4. What’s surprising about Jesus’ response?
  5. How does the woman respond and what does it indicate?
  6. How does the exchange end?

Read Mark 7:31-37

  1. Where did Jesus go next and what’s significant about this area?
  2. Who is brought to Jesus and why?
  3. How does Jesus heal him? What does Jesus command them and how do they respond?
  4. What do they say about Jesus?

Application:

  1. What does these scenes teach us about Jesus and his mission?
  2. In contrast to last week (Mark 7:1-23) what is surprising about those who receive Jesus?
  3. Why does he seek to remain private? What does that say about what was his mission and what wasn’t his mission?
  4. How do these healings fit with Jesus’ teaching? What deeper purpose is there to these healings? (Look at 7:14-15, 8:17-18, 21)

 

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?




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