Sermon Bible Study Guides
Blessed are the Forgiven
Read Psalm 32:
- Who does David say is blessed (1-2)?
- What situation does he describe himself in? What is the cause of his anguish (3-4)?
- What led to his relief (5)?
- What application does David give in light of this relief (6-7)?
- What are his concluding instructions?
- What should we not be like? What does that mean?
- What two situations are contrasted at the end? How does this conclusion relate to the point of the psalm?
- What does this psalm teach us about confessing our sins? Have you experienced this to be true?
- What definition of godliness does this psalm provide?
- How does sin relate to godliness in this passage?
- How should this affect the way we live together as Christians?
- How should we respond when other Christians confess sin and genuinely repent from it?
Who can forgive sins but God alone?
Read Mark 1:40-2:12
- What is leprosy and how would that impact someone; socially, culturally, religiously?
- What does he ask Jesus to do, how does Jesus heal him, and why is it surprising?
- How does the man respond to Jesus and what impact does that have on Jesus and his ministry?
- What was Jesus doing in Capernaum?
- Who is brought to Jesus and how? What does this demonstrate?
- What does Jesus see? What does he say?
- How do the scribes feel about it and why?
- What does Jesus want everyone to know?
- Compare and contrast the two healings and the two responses.
- What do Jesus miraculous healings reveal about his identity and his mission?
- What can we learn from all the individuals about how to respond, and how not to respond to Jesus? (consider those healed, those with them, the crowds, the scribes, etc.)