Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Mark

Mark 8:1-21 - February 16th 2018

Watch out!

Read Mark 8:1-21

  1. Where have they been? What has just happened? (Review 7:31-37)
  2. Who is with Jesus? What has been happening in Jesus’ ministry?
  3. Why does Jesus say? How do his disciples respond?
    1. What does this interaction tell us about them?
  4. What happens? How?
    1. How does this compare/contrast with the feeding of the five thousand (6:30-44)? Does it reveal anything new to us?

 

  1. What do the Pharisees do and why?
  2. How does Jesus respond? Why?

 

  1. What does warn his disciples? What does his warning mean? What is leaven and what kind of ‘leaven’ do the Pharisees and Herod have? (Think about the interactions between these groups with Jesus so far in Mark)
  2. How do the disciples respond and why?
  3. Consider each of Jesus’ questions to his disciples. What does each mean? What does Jesus want them to understand? Will they ever understand?
    1. What is the significance of the feedings?

Application:

  1. What spiritual truths are being revealed by Jesus that his disciples are failing to see?
  2. What do we learn about Jesus’ identity and character?
  3. How can we know and understand Jesus? What keeps us from knowing and understanding Jesus? What is the remedy?

 

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?