Sermon Bible Study Guides

Ephesians 1 - October 26th 2018

Union with Christ

Read Ephesians 1

  1. Who wrote the book? Who was it written to?
    1. What does the author tell us about himself?
  2. What are some repeated words/phrases you see in the passage?
  3. What does it mean to be in Christ?
    1. Where do you see this in the text?
  4. How does Eph 1:4-11 describe the ways we are blessed in Christ?
  5. What does Paul teach about when Christ chose us? (v. 4)
  6. What is the reason Paul gives for our predestination? (v. 5–6)
  7. Why does Paul "not cease to give thanks" for the believers?
  8. What does Paul pray for them? (v. 17–23)

Application:

  1. List the ways you can praise God for the spiritual blessings he's provided in Christ.
  2. How can you know of you are in Christ
  3. What are ways you see evidence of God's grace in members of the church?
  4. Pray Eph 1:17–23 for the members of the church.
in Mark

Mark 11:12-33 - October 19th 2018

THE KING'S Judgment

Read Mark 11:12-33

  1. What is the setting of this passage?
  2. Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?
  3. Why did Jesus cleanse the temple?
    1. What OT reference is v. 17 referring to?
    2. Why did the chief priests and scribes seek to destroy him after hearing this? 
    3. In cleansing the temple, was his intention one of reformation or judgement?
  4. How are the two accounts (Mk 11:12-14 and Mk 11:15-29) connected?
  5. What are the lessons Jesus teaches from the withered fig tree? (Mk 11:20-25)
  6. What are some repeated words in Mk 11:27-33?
  7. What is the source of Jesus' authority, why don't the Pharisees understand this? (Read Mk 1:11 and Mk 9:7)
  8. Why wouldn't the Pharisees answer Jesus' question? (Mk 11:31-32)

    Application:

    1. What do we learn about the consequence for fruitlessness?
    2. What do we learn about how we should pray?
    3. What do we learn about the authority of Jesus?
    4. Pray for members of the church to bear the fruit that comes from faith in Christ. 

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