Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Mark

Mark 10:32-45 - October 5th 2018

THE King's ransom

Read Mark 10:32-45 

  1. What is the setting of the passage?
  2. What does Jesus tell the disciples about what was to happen to him? (v. 33-34)
    1. How many times has Jesus told them this before?
    2. Do the disciples understand what he says?
  3. What did James and John, the sons of Zebedee, request from Jesus?
    1. How did Jesus respond to them? What questions did he ask them?
    2. How does their request contradict Jesus' earlier teachings? (Look back at Mk 9:33-37)
  4. What is the response of the other ten disciples when they heard of James and John's request?
  5. What are some similarities and differences between Jesus' teaching in Mk 10:42-45 and Mk 9:33-37?

Application:

  1. What does Jesus' foretelling of his death tell us about the sovereign plan of God?
  2. What does Jesus' foretelling of his death tell us about his obedience to the Father?
  3. What do we learn about Christian leadership from v. 42-45?
  4. What does it mean for Jesus to "give his life as a ransom for many"?
    1. What has Jesus' death and resurrection set us free from?
  5. Pray for members of the church to be marked by servant leadership.
in Mark

Mark 9:30-50 - September 14th 2018

True Greatness, true servanthood 

Read Mark 9:30-50 

  1. What was Jesus teaching his disciples about? (v. 30-32)
    1. Did they understand?
    2. When Jesus taught on this before, what was the response of the disciples? (Look back at Mark 9:9-10)
  2. What were the disciples talking about on the way to Capernaum?
  3. Why does Jesus teach on how the first must be last?
  4. Why do you think John told the person to stop casting out demons? (v. 38-41)
  5. Why would it be better to be thrown into the sea with a millstone than to cause a little one who believes in Jesus to sin? (v. 42)
  6. Why is it better to enter the kingdom of God crippled than to be thrown into hell? (v. 43-48)
  7. What does it mean for "salt [to lose] its saltiness"?

Application:

  1. Why couldn't the disciples understand Christ when he shared about his death and resurrection? 
  2. How is Jesus' thinking on what it means to be great different than the disciples? 
  3. How should we think about the power of prayer from this passage?
  4. Pray for some members for the church to fight the temptations of sin. (Use the directory and pray for a page)