August 6th, 2017 (Mark 10: 32-52)
- Why did Jesus tell His disciples about His coming death in Jerusalem?
- Why were the disciples “astonished” but the followers “afraid”? (Vs. 32)
- Is it wrong to want to be “top-dog” in Jesus’ kingdom like James and John? Aren’t we supposed to give God our best?
- When Jesus mentions His “cup” and “baptism”, to what is He referring?
- How does Jesus tell us we can be great in the Kingdom of God? What does His answer truly en- tail?
- With this in mind, what kind of “authority” do leaders have in the Lord’s Kingdom today? What “authority” do they not have?
- If Jesus were to ask you the question He asked the blind man in verse 51—“What do you want me to do for you?”—how would you respond?
August 13th, 2017 (Mark 11: 1-26)
- Can you make any sense out of Jesus’ mysterious instructions for the “colt”? Why a colt that had never been ridden? What if the owner of the colt wouldn’t allow it to be borrowed? Couldn’t this have been a disaster?
- What is the significance of Jesus riding on a colt (of all animals) into Jerusalem (of all cities)?
- Why did Jesus curse a “barren” fig tree? Wasn’t this unlike Him? Possibly even unnecessary? Did Jesus’ hunger get the best of Him?
- Why does Jesus cleanse the temple? What specific purposes do you think He had in mind?
- Could Jesus “cleanse” some church buildings today? How so?
- What about Jesus’ promise in verse 24—“…whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” How does this coincide with the times when God says “No”?
- Is there a direct correlation between our ability to forgive and our receiving specifically what we ask for in prayer? Why or why not?
August 20th, 2017 (Mark 11: 27-33)
- Why was “authority” such a pivotal question for the Jewish leaders?
- Why did they care who gave Jesus authority?
- Does Jesus refuse to answer the scribes’ question?
- Why was John’s baptism a perfect rebuttal question?
- What wisdom was there in answering a question with a question?
- Does Jesus give us wisdom on how to handle conflict?
August 27th, 2017 (Mark 12: 1-12)
- This late into His ministry, why is Jesus still using parables?
- To whom did the parable of the tenants apply?
- What is the importance of the “stone” of Psalm 118:22?
- What does verse 12 tell us about man’s heart when sin is exposed?
- If you had been standing in the crowd hearing the parable, how would it have affected you?
- How does it affect you this morning—from the classroom?
September 3rd, 2017 (Mark 12: 13-27)
- What was the motivation for the Pharisee’s question concerning taxes?
- Why would this be a “hot-topic” question?
- The Pharisees and the Herodians “team-up” to ask Jesus this question. Isn’t this odd? Why or why not?
- Why did Jesus ask them for a coin? Why not use one of His coins?
- What do you think His answer (Give to…) actually means?
- How did Jesus defeat the cleverly framed question by the Sadducees concerning marriage at the resurrection?
- What is the significance of the statement, “I AM the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?”
- How does this prove God isn’t the God of the dead, but the living?
September 10th, 2017 (Mark 12: 28-34)
- What kind of man do you think this scribe was? Why?
- Why did he ask the question about the greatest commandment?
- On what basis do you think Jesus “picked” the top two commandments?
- Does this scribe have a vision of absolute truth? Why?
- Why did Jesus say the scribe was “not far” from the kingdom of God? What did Jesus mean?
- What people today are “not far” from the kingdom of God? How do you know?