Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Mark

Mark 8:22-9:1 - March 9th 2018

Who do you say Jesus is?

Read Mark 8:22-9:1

  1. What conversation had Jesus and his disciples been having immediately previous to this passage? What had Jesus asked them?
  2. What happens in the first section of this passage? (v. 22-26)
    1. How does Jesus perform this miracle? What is unusual about it?
  3. What questions does Jesus ask his disciples? (answer them for yourself)
  4. What does Peter's answer mean? (what does Christ/messiah mean?)
  5. Consider v.31-9:1, does Paul understand who Jesus is? How does this compare to the story of the blind man in the verses before? What is missing from Peter's understanding?
  6. Why "must the Son of man suffer many things and... be killed, and after three days rise again"?
  7. What does Jesus say is absolutely necessary to following him? (Consider each phrase, it's meaning, and what that might be lived out)


  1. How does Jesus miracle relate to spiritual realities? What does it show us?
  2. Who do you confess Jesus to be? What does that mean?
  3. Is the answer to that question important? If so why?
  4. How can we follow after Jesus? What does it mean to deny yourself and take up your cross?
  5. What things are you tempted to want to gain in this world? How do they relate to following Jesus?
  6. In what ways are you ashamed of Jesus? What should we do?
in Mark

Mark 7:1-23 - January 19th 2018

Inductive Bible Study - Mark 7:1-23

Honor the Commands of God

Read Mark 7:1-23

  1. What do the Pharisees and scribes observe about Jesus’ disciples? Why was that noteworthy to them?
  2. What do they ask Jesus?
  3. How does Jesus respond at first (verses 6-13)?
    1. What is the issue Jesus takes with them?
    2. What examples does he give?
  4. In the examples Jesus gives of how they are leaving the commands of God, but holding to the commands of men, what do these examples show about what they really value? What they didn’t value?
  5. In verses 14ff, Jesus gives a more general explanation. What is his basic point?
    1. How does this illuminate his previous reaction to the Pharisees’ question?
  6. Who asks him for more explanation? What does Jesus say to them?
    1. What does not defile a man?
    2. What does defile a man?
    3. What does this mean for how a person can be pure in the eyes of God?


  1. What warning is there for us about traditions we might adopt? What kind of questions should we be asking to help us discern if a tradition is helpful or a cover for sin?
  2. What application does Mark give regarding food? Why is this an important application?
  3. If all these sinful thoughts and actions are what defile a person, how can a person keep from being defiled?