Sermon Bible Study Guides

Genesis 1:26-2:3 - March 23 2018

In his Image

Read Genesis 1:26-2:3

  1. How does God say he created man? What tasks or roles are involved in the way he creates us?
  2. Where does humanity stand in relation to the rest of the created world?
  3. What distinction does God provide within mankind?
  4. What does the Lord provide for mankind, according to this passage?
  5. How does God spend the seventh day? What is the result of his action on that day?

Application:

  1. What responsibilities should we understand humans to have in light of how we were created?
  2. What does this passage teach us about how we should think about creation?
  3. Both men and women are described as being created in God’s image (v.27). What is the significance of that? How should that affect the way we treat one another?
  4. Why might the fact that man is created in God’s image be important for the gospel?
  5. God rests on the seventh day and makes it holy. What pattern is God setting or teaching? What does it mean for that day to be holy? What is the importance of the seventh day in the Old Testament Law? What is its importance in the New Testament?

 

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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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