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Mark 4:1-34 - November 10th 2017

God’s Ways are Not Like Ours

Read Mark 4:1-20

  1. How does Jesus begin teaching in this passage? What reason does he give for using this method?
  2. Who does Jesus explain the parable to? Why does he explain it to them, and not others?
  3. What is the meaning of the parable, according to Jesus?
  4. Who do the different soils represent?

Application:

  1. How should we respond to the fact that different people will receive the Word differently? Should that affect or change the way that we teach Scripture? Why or why not?
  2. Should we teach in parables?
  3. What do the disciples need in order to understand Jesus’ teaching? How should that affect the way we think about our (or others) ability to understand the gospel?

Read Mark 4:21-34

  1. What does the parable about the lamp (21-25) say about Jesus’ teaching? Does he want to hide the truth, according to this?
  2. Who is blamed for their lack of understanding?
  3. What does the parable of the growing seed (v26-29) teach about the kingdom of God? How does the kingdom grow? Who makes the kingdom grow?
  4. What does the parable of the mustard seed (v30-32) teach about the kingdom of God? What size does the kingdom start at? Is that the size it will end at?
  5. The last two verses conclude this teaching section. Who is Jesus teaching in parables to? Who does he explain them to?
  6. What is the relationship between these three short parables and the first one (v1-20)? What do these explain about the first one?

Application

  1. Are these parables encouraging to you? Why or why not?
  2. How should these parables shape the way we think about the growth God’s kingdom? Should that affect the way we live, or share the gospel, or pray?
  3. What does this teach us about how we should approach the Bible, if we want to understand it?
  4. In light of this passage, how should we respond when it seems as though the kingdom is not growing?
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Mark 2:13-3:6 - October 27th 2017

What was the purposes of the Law?

Read Mark 2:13-22

  1. What do the scribes of the Pharisees question about Jesus? Why is that question concerning to them?
  2. How does Jesus answer? What does his answer show about his ministry?
  3. How does the Pharisees’ question about Jesus eating with tax collectors and sinners reflect possible concerns the reader could have about Jesus calling Levi to follow him?
  4. What difference is there in the next story about Jesus’ disciples and those of John and the Pharisees? Why is their lack of fasting concerning?
  5. How does Jesus explain why his disciples aren’t fasting? How do verses 21-22 relate to the first part of his explanation?
  6. What do these two stories have in common?

Application:

  1. How should Jesus’ teaching inform the way we think about ourselves as his disciples? How we treat those who want to follow him?
  2. How should Jesus’ teaching inform the way we think about fasting?

 

Read Mark 2:23-3:6

  1. What were Jesus disciples doing that the Pharisees objected to?
  2. Jesus uses a story from the life of King David when he was fleeing Saul (1 Sam. 21). What is the point he makes from this story?
  3. What did Jesus do in the synagogue that people objected to? Why did they object to it?
  4. How does Jesus respond to this objection?
  5. What do these two stories have in common?
  6. What is Jesus teaching about the Sabbath?
  7. Pulling all four stories together, what stands out about the Pharisees’ understanding of the Old Testament Law (the way it taught about sinfulness, fasting, and the Sabbath)? What stands out about Jesus’ view of it?
  8. Why can Jesus speak in the way he does?

Application:

  1. What principle from Jesus’ behavior in all these situations can we apply to our lives?
  2. What does this passage teach about how we should view other people?
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