Sermon Bible Study Guides

Ecclesiastes 1–2:26 - April 26th, 2019

All is vanity

Read Ecclesiastes 1–2:26

  1. Explain the meaning of "vanity" in Ecclesiastes in your own words (v. 2)
  2. Explain the meaning of "under the sun" in Ecclesiastes in your own words (v. 3)
  3. List the different categories the preacher addresses as "vanity" in Ecclesiastes 1 and 2.
  4. What does it mean to "toil under the sun"?
  5. How would you summarize the preacher's main message from Ecclesiastes 1 and 2?

Application Questions

  1. What are your impressions of the book of Ecclesiastes?
  2. List three things you would like to change about your life and three things you would like to stay the same
  3. Can you think of instances when you felt you had "gained," only to find that in time you were dissatisfied again?
  4. What strategies do you think people you know, including yourself, use to avoid facing the reality of death?
  5. Sing "Come Ye Sinners" together
in Mark

Mark 12:13-27 - December 14, 2018

Traps Set for jesus

Read Mark 12:13-27

  1. Who sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to trap Jesus in v. 13? (Look back at Mark 11:27-28)
    1. Why did they want to trap Jesus?
  2. How did begin their trap for Jesus? What question did they ask?
    1. Did Jesus fall for their trap? Why or why not? (v. 15-17)
    2. How did they respond to his answer?
  3. Who asked him the next question in v. 18?
    1. What does Mark tell us about Sadducees?
  4. What question did they ask him in v. 19-23?
  5. Why does Jesus say the Sadducees are wrong? (look at v. 24)

Application:

  1. What does it look like to "render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's?
  2. What does it look like "[render to] God the things that are God's?"
    1. How does Jesus' teaching in Mark 12:13-17 influence how we live as citizens of kingdom yet also residents of Dubai?
  3. What does this passage tell us of the wisdom and authority of Jesus?
  4. What encouragement and hope does Mark 12:18-27 provide for us in regards to resurrection from the dead?

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