September 17th, 2017 (Mark 12: 35-44)
- Why do you suppose Jesus interrupted His teaching in the temple to ask a question about David? Did the Lord have a “method” to what He was doing? If so, what was it?
- Can you explain the “riddle” in verses 36-37? What does it mean?
- Jesus told His hearers to beware of the scribes. Why?
- Do we have those with the “scribe” mentality today?
- Why would anyone need to “watch out” for such people? Isn’t their sin obvious, but harmless, if you recognize it?
- Is it true no one can “out give” a generous poor widow?
- Why does Jesus use her as an example?
September 24th, 2017 2017 (Mark 13: 1-23)
- To what event do you think Jesus is referring when He speaks of the temple stones being thrown down? Is it historical? Metaphorical? Both?
- When the disciples asked for “signs”, how did those signs appear? Have they appeared already? How do you know?
- What about verse 10? Does this help us understand the timing of these events? Has the gospel been preached yet to all the nations?
- How would you define Jesus’ use of the words “stand firm” in verse 13?
- To what does the “abomination of desolation” refer?
- Why wouldn’t the people have time to go back and retrieve their things?
- Why was it important for the disciples to understand what Jesus meant?
October 1st, 2017 (Mark 13: 24-37)
- Are these signs different from the ones Jesus mentioned in verses 1-23? If they’re different, what are these “signs” describing?
- To what does the “Son of Man” and “angels” refer?
- What does the parable of the fig tree have to do with what Jesus had been predicting?
- In what sense would that “generation” not “pass away” until these things took place? Does this help us understand the timing of these events?
- What does a master going on a long journey and returning unexpectedly have to do with what Jesus wants them to understand?
- How do we “watch”? (Vs. 37)
October 8th, 2017 (Mark 14: 1-11)
- Why does Mark mention it was the time of the Passover and Unleavened bread before he records the story at Simon’s house?
- Is Jesus “reclining” at the table significant? (Vs. 3)
- Is lavishing costly perfume on someone normally a good idea? Why was this case different in several ways?
- Why does Jesus say Mary was preparing His body for burial (Vs.8)? Was this sacrificial act performed not only for adoration, but preparation?
- What prophecy is fulfilled this morning as you study the text?
- Was Judas’ premier motive for betraying Jesus money, or was money just one of his many struggles? How do you know?
October 15th, 2017 (Mark 14: 12-31)
- How do you think the Passover was arranged by Jesus? Did He plan it or simply prophecy what would happen?
- Why did Jesus introduce the subject of His betrayer at this supper? What was His motive?
- Was Judas’ betrayal of Jesus out of Judas’ control? If so, how could Judas be found guilty?
- What did Jesus mean when He said the bread was His body?
- In what sense did the fruit of the vine represent the blood of the covenant?
- Since Peter was so sure he wouldn’t deny Jesus, why did he? What lesson does that teach us about following Jesus?
October 22nd, 2017 (Mark 14: 32-52)
- Why do you suppose Jesus took just Peter, James, and John with Him deeper into the garden? Why not the other apostles, too?
- If Jesus knew His death on the cross was inevitable, why did He pray for the “cup” to pass?
- Why was Jesus so adamant for His disciples to remain awake while He prayed?
- Why did Jesus chide them for coming to arrest Him with weapons?
- If you were guessing, who was the young man who fled naked? Why even mention such a minor detail?