Sermon Bible Study Guides

in James

James 4:11-17 - February 9th 2018

What are you saying?

Read James 4:11-12

  1. What does James warn against doing? Who does he warn?
  2. What is the reason he gives for why we should do this?
  3. Why is speaking evil against a brother the same as speaking against the law?
  4. What position does someone claim for themselves when they speak against the law?
  5. Whose rightful position are they therefore taking?

Read James 4:13-17

  1. What is wrong with the statement James says people make (v13)?
  2. What does James say you ought to say instead? What is the reason why you ought to say what he suggests?
  3. What does he teach about your control over your life?
  4. If you fail to do what he says, what do you boast in?
  5. What is James’ conclusion? How does this relate to what he’s been saying?
  6. What is the relationship between these two sections? What is the common issue James is addressing?

Application:

  1. What areas of your own life are addressed by James’ instructions?
  2. What do these very specific signs indicate about a person’s heart?
  3. What is the best way to address and stop these specific sins?
  4. What makes these practical instructions uniquely Christian?
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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)

 

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