Sermon Bible Study Guides
Jesus Heals a boy with an unclean spirit
Read Mark 9:14-29
- Where did Jesus just come from? (Look back at v. 2-13)
- Who was arguing when Jesus arrived and what were they arguing about? (v. 14-18)
- How does Jesus respond to their arguing?
- What does the father cry out in v. 24?
- What does Jesus do to the boy?
- Why couldn't the disciples cast out the demon?
- How is Jesus different than the disciples in this passage?
- What does this passage reveal about who Jesus is?
- 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?
- What does it practically look like to cry out to the Lord for help like the father in the passage?
- How should we think about the power of prayer from this passage?
Read Mark 6:14-29
- What did King Herod hear about?
- Who did King Herod think Jesus was? Why did he think that?
- What had happened in the past between Herod and John?
- How did Herod respond to John’s preaching?
- How did John die? What brought it about?
- What kind of king does Herod appear to be in this account?
- 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?
- How should we learn from John’s example of speaking difficult truth to authority?
Read Mark 6:30-44
- What does Jesus hear about? What is his response?
- What happens while he is away with his disciples?
- What is Jesus’ response to this crowd? Why does he respond this way?
- What is the problem that presents itself?
- What does Jesus do in response to the problem--at first?
- What does Jesus instruct his disciples to feed them first (consider the start of the chapter)?
- What is his second response?
- What do his disciples report to him?
- How does Jesus feed the people? What Old Testament event does this remind you of?
- How are the people described after received Jesus’ care?
- How did Jesus use his power? How does that compare to the way Herod used his power?
- Jesus called his disciples to come away and rest after their work. What does this teach us about the importance of rest?
- 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?
- What does the contrast between Jesus and Herod teach you about the use of power?
- What kind of leader is Jesus? What does this make you think about Jesus?