Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Mark

Mark 9:30-50 - September 14th 2018

True Greatness, true servanthood 

Read Mark 9:30-50 

  1. What was Jesus teaching his disciples about? (v. 30-32)
    1. Did they understand?
    2. When Jesus taught on this before, what was the response of the disciples? (Look back at Mark 9:9-10)
  2. What were the disciples talking about on the way to Capernaum?
  3. Why does Jesus teach on how the first must be last?
  4. Why do you think John told the person to stop casting out demons? (v. 38-41)
  5. Why would it be better to be thrown into the sea with a millstone than to cause a little one who believes in Jesus to sin? (v. 42)
  6. Why is it better to enter the kingdom of God crippled than to be thrown into hell? (v. 43-48)
  7. What does it mean for "salt [to lose] its saltiness"?

Application:

  1. Why couldn't the disciples understand Christ when he shared about his death and resurrection? 
  2. How is Jesus' thinking on what it means to be great different than the disciples? 
  3. How should we think about the power of prayer from this passage?
  4. Pray for some members for the church to fight the temptations of sin. (Use the directory and pray for a page)
in Mark

Mark 9:14-29 - September 7th 2018

Jesus Heals a boy with an unclean spirit

Read Mark 9:14-29 

  1. Where did Jesus just come from? (Look back at v. 2-13)
  2. Who was arguing when Jesus arrived and what were they arguing about? (v. 14-18)
  3. How does Jesus respond to their arguing?
  4. What does the father cry out in v. 24?
  5. What does Jesus do to the boy?
  6. Why couldn't the disciples cast out the demon?
  7. How is Jesus different than the disciples in this passage?
  8. What does this passage reveal about who Jesus is?

Application:

  1. The father cried out, "I believe; help my unbelief!". In what ways do you struggle to believe Jesus? Is it wrong to struggle with unbelief?
  2. What does it practically look like to cry out to the Lord for help like the father in the passage?
  3. How should we think about the power of prayer from this passage?

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