March 26th, 2017 (Mark 4: 35-41)
- Why did the disciples lack faith during the storm? Any specific reasons beyond human nature come to mind?
- The text says that there were “other boats” with them (Vs. 36). What would it have been like to be in a boat without Jesus? What life lessons can we draw from this?
- When Jesus asked them why they had no faith (Vs. 40), do you think He was curious, or did He expect them to have faith? Explain your
- Why is the word “still” so powerful in verse 40?
- Be honest: would you have had faith during the storm?
- If you’re currently passing through a “storm” of life, is your faith strong right now? Why or why not?
- Why did Jesus speak to the storm? Is this significant? Could He have not just stopped the storm silently?
April 2nd, 2017 (Mark 5: 1-20)
- If you saw a man like the demoniac today, what would you say was wrong with him?
- Why did this man have the strength to break chains?
- If this was a “crazy” man, how did he recognize Jesus so well? And know so much about Him?
- Why was it necessary to send the demons into the swine?
- What is significant about demons asking for permission to be cast into the swine?
- Why would Jesus not let the cured demoniac go with Him? Wouldn’t he be a good testimony to the Lord’s power?
- What is interesting about Jesus’ charge for this man in verse 19? Is this more powerful than taking the man with Him? Why?
April 9th, 2017 (Mark 5: 21-43)
- Why did Jesus make the ridiculous statement to the mourners that Jairus’ daughter was just asleep?
- How did Jesus’ power heal the woman with the issue of blood? Why did Jesus allow it to happen that way?
- Tough questions: Do you think this woman had tremendous faith, or selfishness? Wasn’t it putting Jesus in jeopardy for Him to be touched by someone “unclean”? Also, if she had so much “faith”, why did she secretly come up from behind him to tug on his cloak? And then when asked who touched Him, why does she fall down at Jesus’ feet in fear? Does this indicate she thought her actions were wrong?
- After all this fanfare and dramatic healing, why did Jesus caution them not to tell what He had done? (Isn’t this a consistent pattern?)
April 16th, 2017 (Mark 6: 1-6)
- What does the people’s reaction in Nazareth tell us about Jesus’ “formative” years?
- What does it mean when it says that”… they took offense at him”? (Vs 3)
- When Jesus said, “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor”, what did He mean? Is this always true?
- Why could Jesus only heal when He was in Nazareth? Was He robbed of some of His power? Why or why not?
- Does this mean we shouldn’t attempt to teach the gospel to those who knew us when we were growing up?
- What does a “lack of faith” have to do with this entire episode? (Vs. 6)
April 23rd, 2017 (Mark 6: 7-13)
- Why do you think Jesus sent the apostles out “two by two”? Is there something we can, or should, learn from this?
- Why did Jesus send the apostles without supplies? What purpose did that serve?
- If baptism is such a big deal, why did the apostles only preach about repentance when they were sent out? (Vs. 12)
- Why were the apostles anointing with oil? If that was important, why don’t we do this today?
- Why would it be necessary to “shake the dust” off their feet? (Vs.11) Was that literal or figurative?
- Should we shake the “dust off of our feet” when people reject our message? How do we know when we actually have “dust” on our feet? Do we really ever get to that point?
April 30th-“Revealed” w/Dr. Manor-Combined Class
May 7th, 2017 (Mark 6: 14-29)
- If Jesus’ name was becoming well known (vs. 14), why were so many confused about who Jesus was?
- What do you make of their explanations for John the Baptist, Elijah, or a prophet? Do these same descriptions appear elsewhere in Jesus’ ministry for who He was?
- How did Herod know that John the Baptist was a “righteous man”?
- “When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled, yet he liked to listen to him” (Vs. 20). This is a very interesting description of Herod’s relationship to John the Do you think it describes how some people view preachers today?
- If Herod was afraid to put John to death, how did he get the courage to do so after the daughter of Herodias asked for John’s head?
- With his power, couldn’t Herod have gone back on his oath, if he really was “distressed” as verse 26 indicates?
- Does this story clarify how evil works in people’s hearts?