If you missed the sermon, you can pick it up here: Jesus says: ‘what do you want me to do for you?’
- The disciples were wanting to assume top position in the Kingdom of Jesus. What was the Lord’s response and how can we learn from their misguided attitude and apply it to ourselves in these days.
- Imagine the excitement at Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem. Think of the anticipation of the crowds and disciples. Discuss the messianic and prophetic significance of that Palm Sunday.
- Jesus gives sight to Bartimaeus. What are the spiritual and practical lessons we can learn from him. If you have time discuss the word hodos (to follow the way).
Here is the sermon in case you missed it: God’s Plan For Marriage and Family
- Read the passage then think of other places in the Old and New Testament where relationships play a central role.(Examples you might use in addition to those mentioned in the sermon: 1 Corinthians 7, Matthew 19, Song of Solomon, Colossians 3 etc.).
- In the light of those passages you’ve discussed, how would you answer the 2 questions posed by a) the Pharisees (v2) and b) Jesus (v3)?
- Turn to Genesis 1 v 27 (a).What was God’s plan for men and women? Is it any different today? Discuss the complexities that the world brings to this discussion.
- What is the point of marriage? Why are some of us called to be single ?(Paul offers plenty on this).What are the main challenges for Christian single people and married couples in 2018?
- The disciples had lots more questions for Jesus (v 10). We will also be faced with questions from believers/non-believers. What advice should we be giving to : a)those about to marry; b)those divorcing/divorced; c)those attracted to people of the same sex?
- Pray together using Colossians 3 v 12-18 about the body of Christ as a lead in.
A study on Mark 9:30-50. If you missed the sermon on Sunday you can find it here: Ready Salted Christians
- Why was Jesus going the quiet way back to Capernaum?
- Jesus had one topic in mind and the disciples another; discuss what’s going on here;
- Discuss verses 35 – 37 what are the key points Jesus is making here?
- In verse 38 John changes the subject, discuss Jesus answer and what we can learn from these verses;
- In verses 43-48 Jesus talks about radical surgery, what is the point that Jesus is making here? In what sense are we to ‘cut off a foot or a hand’ etc.
- What does verse 49 mean? Discuss.
This week’s study is based on the sermon Might you be suffering from IF…itis? and Mark 9:1-29.
- What was going on before the “Jesus went on to say” in verse1?
- What did it mean Jesus was transformed? What was the point of it?
- Moses and Elijah turn up… Why?
- What’s with the talking cloud?
- What was the problem with the boy in verse 17?
- Would the boy have been free of the demon if these disciples had prayed about it?
- What’s the only way to never be disappointed in yourself?
This study is based on the above passage and you may find it helpful to listen to the accompanying sermon: Three Steps…
- Take a few minutes to recap on what has been going on since Mark 7:1.
- Discuss the healing of the blind man: what was unusual, what was similar to other healings, as well as the man being healed what was going on here?
- What do you know about Caesarea Philippi and the journey?
- Why do you think the disciples got the right answer about who Jesus is, and what was wrong about their ideas as to what that would mean for Him (and them)?
- Discuss Peter’s response to Jesus talking about the cross – what might we learn?
- There are three steps to following Jesus – discuss the difficulties we face in following them and how we can encourage, challenge and help each other along in our following Him together.
Gordon’s sermon on this passage can be picked up here:Jesus Goes Out Of Area
Read verses 24-30
1. When Jesus enters the house, why does he try to keep his presence secret?
2. What is odd and unconventional about the Syrophoenecian woman’s request?
3. Why does Jesus answer her with what seem to be harsh words and to what do “children” and “dogs” refer?
4. Why was the woman not put off by Christ’s reply?
5. In what way is the woman’s faith a model for us in our time of need?
Read verses 31-37
6. What is the first thing Jesus does with the man (vs 33) Why do you think He does this?
7. Discuss why Jesus uses this unusual method to heal the man instead of simply pronouncing him healed?
8. How does the crowd respond to the healing? Read the Messianic prophecy in Isaiah 35 vs 5-6 and discuss why the people did not understand the significance of the miracle?
Some questions based on Mark 6:33-52; if you missed the sermon you can hear it here: I Believe in Miracles
- Discuss our reactions to living the Christian life and being called to give of our time and energy when we’re feeling we’d like to rest or at least slow down a bit.
- What is the purpose of miracles?
- Do miracles still happen?
- Talk thorough the two miracles, what were the lessons for the disciples and what might we take away from them and apply to our lives?
- Spend some time talking about Jesus’ example to us in prayer and what we can learn from Him.
This study is based on the sermon The Death of A Conscience.
- Mark 6: 14-16 Discuss who the people were thinking Jesus was; what was the reason for each and why were they wrong?
- Mark 6:17-29 Talk through this glimpse of Herod’s life – at each twist and turn discuss the positives and negatives and look at how we might learn from this account.
- What is a conscience?
- How might our consciences become dull, damaged, and dead?
- Which ways can we keep our consciences in ‘tip-top’ condition?
A study based on the sermon: Go!
- Read Mark 6:1-6 Discuss the reaction of the local people to Jesus what was their first reaction and then what was their response? What can we learn from this?
- How do you think Jesus might have felt about being rejected? How did He respond?
- Read 6:7-13 Discuss the way Jesus sent the disciples out, what they had authority to do and what they were instructed to do.
- What was the result?
- Spend a good amount of time discussing what we can learn from this passage and apply to our own lives and walk with The Lord.
This study is based on Mark 5:21-43 and Misha’s sermon: Reach out and touch
- What does Jairus attitude tell us about him, and what can we learn and apply to our lives v 22-23?
- Try to put yourselves in the place of the woman with the illness, how would you have felt approaching Jesus?
- In what every day situations might we have to put our faith and trust in the Lord?
- How does Jesus react when He arrives at the house of Jairus in contrast to the gathering who were there?
- We don’t hear of Jairus and this lady again in scripture but how do you think the rest of their lives were impacted by this event?