Sermon Bible Study Guides

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 - March 16th 2018

Of First Importance

Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

  1. What does Paul want to remind his readers of? Why does he want to do that?
  2. What does he consider of first importance?
    1. What are the components of this message that he delievers?
  3. Why is the appearance of Jesus to so many people so important?
  4. Why is it important that Jesus appeared to Paul himself?
    1. Why does Paul consider himself unworthy to be called an apostle?
    2. Despite this, why is he an apostle?
  5. How had Paul responded to God’s grace in his life?
  6. Has that made a difference in his ministry versus the other apostles? What has been the purpose of all their ministries?

Application

  1. Why do the Corinthians need to remember that the gospel is of first importance? How should this inform the conflicts in the Corinthian church?
  2. Why do they need to be reminded that Paul and the other apostles are all qualified to teach this gospel? How should this inform the way they relate to each other in the church?
  3. How should we think about our own unity as a church? What is it centered on?
  4. Paul speaks a lot about the resurrection. What importance do you give to the resurrection in your daily Christian life?
  5. How do you respond to the grace of God in your life? How do you respond when you feel undeserving of it?
in Mark

Mark 5:21-43 - December 8th 2017

Jesus has life-giving power

Read Mark 5:21-43

  1. Describe the opening scene of this passage
  2. Who comes to Jesus? What does he want?
  3. What happens on the way to the house?
  4. How is the woman healed?
    1. How does Jesus explain what has happened?
  5. What news does the ruler of the synagogue receive in the meantime? How does Jesus respond?
    1. How do the crowds at the house respond to what Jesus says?
  6. What does Jesus do?
  7. How does the passage conclude? Why does Jesus tell the family not to tell anyone about this?
  8. What is the relationship between the two stories?

Application:

  1. What do these stories tell us about Jesus’ authority?
  2. What is the role of faith in these stories? How should that affect the way we think about our own faith?
  3. What kind of people does Jesus care for? What does this teach us about who we, as Jesus’ followers, should care for?
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