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Mark 11:12-33 - October 19th 2018

THE KING'S Judgment

Read Mark 11:12-33

  1. What is the setting of this passage?
  2. Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?
  3. Why did Jesus cleanse the temple?
    1. What OT reference is v. 17 referring to?
    2. Why did the chief priests and scribes seek to destroy him after hearing this? 
    3. In cleansing the temple, was his intention one of reformation or judgement?
  4. How are the two accounts (Mk 11:12-14 and Mk 11:15-29) connected?
  5. What are the lessons Jesus teaches from the withered fig tree? (Mk 11:20-25)
  6. What are some repeated words in Mk 11:27-33?
  7. What is the source of Jesus' authority, why don't the Pharisees understand this? (Read Mk 1:11 and Mk 9:7)
  8. Why wouldn't the Pharisees answer Jesus' question? (Mk 11:31-32)

    Application:

    1. What do we learn about the consequence for fruitlessness?
    2. What do we learn about how we should pray?
    3. What do we learn about the authority of Jesus?
    4. Pray for members of the church to bear the fruit that comes from faith in Christ. 

    Psalm 79 - July 13th 2018

    Lamenting and Repenting

    Read Psalm 79

    1. What historical event are verses 1-3 describing? (see 2 Kings 25 or Jeremiah 52)
    2. How does the psalmist respond to this tragedy?
      1. What questions does he ask of the Lord?
      2. What requests does he ask of the Lord?
    3. What reasons does he give as to why the Lord should do what he’s asking for?
    4. How does he end the psalm? How can you explain the shift in tone?

    Application:

    1. What does this psalm teach us about how to lament and grieve?
    2. Why should the psalmist expect mercy or compassion? How can this strengthen or encourage us?
    3. The psalmist repents and asks for forgiveness even in the midst of grief. Do you think to confess sin in the middle of hardship or suffering? What helps you do that?
    4. What can we learn from his requests for judgment on the nation’s enemies? Are these appropriate prayers for us today?
    5. How does this psalm help us love Jesus more?

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