Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Mark

Mark 9:30-50 - September 14th 2018

True Greatness, true servanthood 

Read Mark 9:30-50 

  1. What was Jesus teaching his disciples about? (v. 30-32)
    1. Did they understand?
    2. When Jesus taught on this before, what was the response of the disciples? (Look back at Mark 9:9-10)
  2. What were the disciples talking about on the way to Capernaum?
  3. Why does Jesus teach on how the first must be last?
  4. Why do you think John told the person to stop casting out demons? (v. 38-41)
  5. Why would it be better to be thrown into the sea with a millstone than to cause a little one who believes in Jesus to sin? (v. 42)
  6. Why is it better to enter the kingdom of God crippled than to be thrown into hell? (v. 43-48)
  7. What does it mean for "salt [to lose] its saltiness"?

Application:

  1. Why couldn't the disciples understand Christ when he shared about his death and resurrection? 
  2. How is Jesus' thinking on what it means to be great different than the disciples? 
  3. How should we think about the power of prayer from this passage?
  4. Pray for some members for the church to fight the temptations of sin. (Use the directory and pray for a page)

Genesis 3:1-24 - April 13th 2018

the Fall

Read Genesis 3:1-6

  1. Who is introduced in v.1 and what does he do?
  2. What does his question imply and what does it seem to suggest?
  3. Who responds and how? Why is this significant?
    1. Where is the Adam?
  4. What does the serpent say and what effect does it have on the woman and man?
  5. What was God's designed order for the world and what happened to it?

Application:

  1. What do we learn about temptation?
  2. How does the devil seek to tempt us?
  3. How can we fight temptation?

Read Genesis 3:7-24

  1. Working through this whole section - what are the consequences of sin?
    1. Consider in terms of relationships.
    2. Consider in terms of our role(s).
    3. Consider in terms of the world we live in.
  2. How do the man and woman explain themselves?
    1. What does this show?
  3. What signs of mercy and grace are given, even within the context of God's judgment? How is this fulfilled in the story of the Bible? 

Application:

  1. What does this whole chapter teach us about the world we live in?
  2. How should the consequences of sin cause us to think, feel, act?
  3. What is the solution to the fall? How can it's consequences be reversed?