A Study on Mark 16:1-14

To engage well with this study you will find it easier if you have first read Mark 16:1-14,  listened to: Do You Believe In The Resurrection? and read So what about the ending of Mark’s Gospel?

  1. How do you feel about the seeming choice of endings shown in most English Bibles?
  2. What do you feel was the main thrust of theses verses (you can disagree with the preacher! – Just discuss why if you do)?
  3. As a group, as you move through this passage, try and explain to each other what each of the scenes looks like, how individuals might feel etc.
  4. What questions do you have about what was going on? As a group try and answer those questions from the bible.
  5. Why was Jesus so concerned about the disciples’ lack of trust… How might we find ourselves lacking in trust, and what is the effect?
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Bible Study Mark 15: 40-47

Reading: Mark 15: 40-47

Sermon: Christ was buried…

  1. Read through all the gospel accounts for Christ’s  burial; what do we learn about Joseph of Arimathea from these various accounts?
  2. What is important about Christ’s burial, the tomb, the aloes and Myrrh?
  3. Discuss which OT prophecies were fulfilled by Christ’s burial?
  4. What can we apply from this passage for our own lives (consider the two headings for service used in the sermon alongside any other areas which might come through).
  5. Pray for each other as a group especially that we will be challenged to respond more and more to Christ’s incredible love for us, that we may be  better at recognising the gifts we have and be willing to use those gifts for His service.
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A study on Mark 15:22-39

If you missed the sermon on Mark 15:22-39, here it is:  A Gamers view of the crucifixion (or looking out with Jesus)

  1. Discuss the different people who were present at the crucifixion – what were they doing there, what motives might they have had, how did they respond on the day?
  2. Discuss your reaction to the crucifixion (look at all the gospel accounts and Psalm 22).
  3. In the sermon it was suggested that the crucifixion requires a response? Does it? If so, what is your response?
  4. We were challenged earlier in the service to encourage eachother with scriptures which have been helpful to us this year. Spend some time as a group doing this and consider learning a new scripture, together, each week.

 

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A study – Mark 14:32-52

If you missed the sermon, you can pick it up here: It started with a kiss….

  1. Read the passage: Mark makes a point of translating the Hebrew word Abba, to ensure everyone knows what this word means – why is it a significant word and what does it tell us about the kind of relationship God wants to have with us?
  2. Discuss and work out what we can learn from:
    1. the words of Jesus prayer – what exactly did Jesus mean?
    2. why did the disciples keep sleeping?
    3. why did Jesus pray the same things more than once?
  3. What if anything surprises you about Jesus arrest?
  4. If Peter was willing to draw a sword and fight, what made all the disciples run away?
  5. What can we learn from this passage for our lives in the here and now in Ely?
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The Good Shepherd and the Gospel

Here is the sermon, in case you missed it: Your Choice

1.       Read through the ‘Good shepherd passage’ John 10: 7-18. As a group discuss the passage, unpicking the various aspects i.e. who are the sheep, who is the hired man etc. etc.

2.       Sunday’s message focused on verse 10. What is this ‘rich and satisfying life’ that Jesus talks about? How might Christians be missing out on experiencing this life in the present?

3.       The Gospel message is more than ‘God is Love’ – Discuss.

4.       People need to hear the Gospel. A) how can we as individuals tell them? B) how as a church can we encourage and enable each other to share that Good News.

5.       Spend some time in prayer thanking God for those who visited on Sunday and also praying for those individuals.

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A Study – Mark 14:1-21

This study is based on the sermon: Two Ordinary People

  1. Passover is an important part of the Jewish year – in which ways is it a reminder of history and how is it also prophetic;
  2. In the sermon we looked at Mary’s ‘act of worship’ we had three headings to consider, what were they? Talk them through as a group. In which ways do these challenge you?
  3.  In the sermon we also looked at Judas’s ‘act of betrayal’. How could the other disciples not have known?
  4. Judas could have repented even after the accusation in verse 18. Discuss…
  5. Judas’ act was foreknown and even foreordained (cf. Psalm 41:9). Nevertheless, Judas was responsible for his decisions. Discuss.
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Study Questions – Mark 13:21-37

The sermon this week can be found here: Watch out…. FOR HIM!

  1. The ‘Olivet Discourse’ has been a challenging passage for the preachers – how has it been for you; i.e. have you learnt anything new, disagreed with anything you have heard? been confused or surprised by anything? Talk these things through as a group.
  2. Read Mark 13:21-37.
  3. Watching out for deception has been mentioned a lot, in which ways might we or others be deceived.
  4. The sermon ended with three points of application. Discuss what they were and how as a group and as a church we might help each other with these?
  5. In which other ways should we apply this passage?
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Highs and Lows: A study on Mark 9:1-29

This week’s study is based on the sermon Might you be suffering from IF…itis?  and Mark 9:1-29.

  1. What was going on before the “Jesus went on to say” in verse1?
  2. What did it mean Jesus was transformed? What was the point of it?
  3. Moses and Elijah turn up… Why?
  4. What’s with the talking cloud?
  5. What was the problem with the boy in verse 17?
  6. Would the boy have been free of the demon if these disciples had prayed about it?
  7. What’s the only way to never be disappointed in yourself?
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Bible Study Mark 8:22-38

This study is based on the above passage and you may find it helpful to listen to the accompanying sermon: Three Steps…

  1. Take a few minutes to recap on what has been going on since Mark 7:1.
  2. 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?
  3. What do you know about Caesarea Philippi and the journey?
  4. 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)?
  5. Discuss Peter’s response to Jesus talking about the cross – what might we learn?
  6. 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.
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