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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 6:14-44 - January 5th 2018

Two Kings

 

Read Mark 6:14-29

 

  1. What did King Herod hear about?
  2. Who did King Herod think Jesus was? Why did he think that?
    1. What had happened in the past between Herod and John?
    2. How did Herod respond to John’s preaching?
  3. How did John die? What brought it about?
  4. What kind of king does Herod appear to be in this account?

 

Application:

  1. Herod heard John gladly, and yet was willing to kill him in the end. What warning can we take from this about the way we listen to teaching?
  2. How should we learn from John’s example of speaking difficult truth to authority?

 

Read Mark 6:30-44

 

  1. What does Jesus hear about? What is his response?
  2. What happens while he is away with his disciples?
    1. What is Jesus’ response to this crowd? Why does he respond this way?
  3. What is the problem that presents itself?
    1. What does Jesus do in response to the problem--at first?
    2. What does Jesus instruct his disciples to feed them first (consider the start of the chapter)?
    3. What is his second response?
  4. What do his disciples report to him?
  5. How does Jesus feed the people? What Old Testament event does this remind you of?
  6. How are the people described after received Jesus’ care?
  7. How did Jesus use his power? How does that compare to the way Herod used his power?

 

Application:

  1. Jesus called his disciples to come away and rest after their work. What does this teach us about the importance of rest?
  2. Why did Jesus instruct his disciples to feed the crowd? Why does he tell them to do things that only he had power to do?
  3. What does the contrast between Jesus and Herod teach you about the use of power?
  4. What kind of leader is Jesus? What does this make you think about Jesus?

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