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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Mark 14:22-31 – A Bible Study

If you missed the sermon, you can pick it up here: Don’t Argue With God!

  1. What was different about the Passover meal at the ‘last supper’?
  2. As they finished the meal they sang from Psalms 115-118. Take a look at those psalms and pick out anything particularly that might have been poignant for Jesus (knowing He was going to the cross within hours)
  3. We spent a good amount of time looking at Peter’s argument with Jesus about the fact he would deny Jesus. discuss why Peter became so forceful in his argument.
  4. How might we argue with God, bargain with Him, or claim to know better than Him.
  5. Why, when and how might we ever refuse to accept what the Lord is teaching us?
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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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House group Questions on Mark 10 v 1-12

Here is the sermon in case you missed it:  God’s Plan For Marriage and Family

  1. 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.).
  2. 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)?
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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?
  6. Pray together using Colossians 3 v 12-18 about the body of Christ as a lead in.
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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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He is Jealous! Week of Prayer Day 2; 2018

You must worship no other gods, for the Lord, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you. Exodus 34:14

Today when we read of God describing Himself as jealous, we can get confused by the modern understating of Jealous; for us Jealous is a negative unpleasant thing, and so we marvel at how God who is love can also be jealous.

As in all illustrations man may use to describe God, the one I’m about to share will fall short, but I hope it will help a little in grasping what it means that our perfect God of love and justice is also Jealous.

Let’s say you come home one day to find a stranger in your kitchen chatting to your 14 year old daughter. He says they’ve been talking online and they’re madly in love. He looks the wrong end of his 50’s. He goes on to say that they have decided to go to a country where girls her age can marry without annoying things like consent of parents getting in the way.

Now assuming that before you throw him either out, or against the nearest wall, assuming you could control yourself long enough to weigh up what you’re feeling… what you’d find is that you have become jealous for your daughter – jealous for her safety and happiness which rightfully belong to her and jealous for the affection that rightfully belongs to you. And you’d act quickly, and with God’s grace, within the law, to get that pervert out of your daughter’s life, and you would do all you could to reteach her, and care for her, to nurture her and help her understand what good and proper loving relationships are.

When God is jealous, He is jealous like that – He is jealous for his people, for their affection which is rightly His and for their safety, welfare and growth, which is rightly theirs.

Isn’t that just the most humbling thing – God, the only true God, the creator of all things is so in love with you that He will jealously watch over you to keep you from getting hooked up with anything at all that will harm you.

As you pray your way through the day keep that picture of pure jealous love in your mind and let it lead you in your worship of God, as you seek to walk in His way, with the knowledge of His jealous love guarding you.

Children’s Prayer Activity

Day 2

Let’s thank God for all He has made –which is your favourite day of creation?

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A Miraculous Study

Some questions based on Mark 6:33-52; if you missed the sermon you can hear it here: I Believe in Miracles

  1. 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.
  2. What is the purpose of miracles?
  3. Do miracles still happen?
  4. 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?
  5. Spend some time talking about Jesus’ example to us in prayer and what we can learn from Him.

 

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A study on Mark 6:1-13

A study based on the sermon: Go!

  1. 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?
  2. How do you think Jesus might have felt about being rejected? How did He respond?
  3. 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.
  4. What was the result?
  5. 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.
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