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Psalm 19 - November 24th, 2017

The Law of the Lord is Perfect

Read Psalm 19

Verses 1-6:

  1. What does this section talk about?
  2. What do the heavens do? How often do they do this?

Verses 7-11:

  1. What does this section talk about?
  2. What does the Law do, according to this passage?
  3. How does this passage teach us to think and feel about Scripture?
  4. What is the relationship between the topic in this section and the previous section?

Verses 12-14:

  1. What is the psalmist’s response to this meditation? What does he ask God for?
  2. Why is this his response?
  3. How can God declare him innocent of hidden faults that he actually has?
  4. How can God keep him from sin having dominion over him?
  5. How does the psalmist describe God?

Application:

  1. Why does it matter that the heavens declare God’s glory?
  2. How should we think of God’s Law? How should we use it, according to this psalm?
  3. How can our words and thoughts be acceptable in God’s sight? What should they look/sound like, in order to be pleasing to him?



in Mark

Mark 4:1-34 - November 10th 2017

God’s Ways are Not Like Ours

Read Mark 4:1-20

  1. How does Jesus begin teaching in this passage? What reason does he give for using this method?
  2. Who does Jesus explain the parable to? Why does he explain it to them, and not others?
  3. What is the meaning of the parable, according to Jesus?
  4. Who do the different soils represent?

Application:

  1. How should we respond to the fact that different people will receive the Word differently? Should that affect or change the way that we teach Scripture? Why or why not?
  2. Should we teach in parables?
  3. What do the disciples need in order to understand Jesus’ teaching? How should that affect the way we think about our (or others) ability to understand the gospel?

Read Mark 4:21-34

  1. What does the parable about the lamp (21-25) say about Jesus’ teaching? Does he want to hide the truth, according to this?
  2. Who is blamed for their lack of understanding?
  3. What does the parable of the growing seed (v26-29) teach about the kingdom of God? How does the kingdom grow? Who makes the kingdom grow?
  4. What does the parable of the mustard seed (v30-32) teach about the kingdom of God? What size does the kingdom start at? Is that the size it will end at?
  5. The last two verses conclude this teaching section. Who is Jesus teaching in parables to? Who does he explain them to?
  6. What is the relationship between these three short parables and the first one (v1-20)? What do these explain about the first one?

Application

  1. Are these parables encouraging to you? Why or why not?
  2. How should these parables shape the way we think about the growth God’s kingdom? Should that affect the way we live, or share the gospel, or pray?
  3. What does this teach us about how we should approach the Bible, if we want to understand it?
  4. In light of this passage, how should we respond when it seems as though the kingdom is not growing?
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