Pre-Life Group Study Questions for June 2, 2019

Mark 11:12-25

What does the text mean?

1. How would you summarize Mark’s big idea of 11:1-11?

2. In vv. 12-14, why does Jesus curse the tree?  Has the fig tree done something wrong?    
    Explain.

3. What does the representation of a tree in leaf with no fruit represent in the current   
    narrative?

4. What is Mark communicating by book ending the cleansing of the temple with the pictures  
    of the fig tree?

5. In vv. 15-17, Mark paints a very different picture of Jesus than we are used to seeing.  What  
    is he trying to make known about the Messiah’s role?

6. What is the difference between the actions of those selling in the temple and their
     motivation?  What are their motivations “robbing” people of?

7. In v. 22, Jesus says that only faith matters.  How does this idea fit into the stories of the fig
     tree and the cleansing of the temple?

8. In vv. 24-25, how does Jesus connect prayer with genuine faith and how it is expressed?

How does it apply?

1. What actions do you see as evidence of authentic faith?  How can we assess those actions in
     our lives to determine if they are truly authentic?  Is it possible to do that with others actions?

2. Does it make you feel mostly positive or negative emotions when you think of Jesus as
   “the judge”?

3. What are some of the “spiritual expressions” or prayers that you may have stopped or changed as
you grew in your understanding of what genuine faith looks like?

4. When thinking of forgiveness, was there a time in your life you had a hard time forgiving
someone?  Explain.  Who in your life may you still need to forgive?

Pre-Life Group Study Questions for May 26, 2019

Mark 11:1-11

What does the text mean?

1.   Summarize Mark 8:31-10:52. Chapter 11 marks the beginning of a narrative shift in the
gospel.  How has Mark set up the reader for the events leading up to Jesus’ death and
resurrection?

2.   Why did Jesus travel to Jerusalem?  What is significant about Jerusalem?

3.   Why does Jesus instruct the disciples to bring the colt to Him (v. 2)?  Why is Jesus referring to
Himself as “Lord” important?

4.   Have we seen Jesus enter a place in this way anywhere else in Mark?  What is significant about
what the disciples and the others are doing upon His entry?

5.   What emotions are the people shouting “Hosanna” expressing in vv. 9-10?  What does this say
about their view of Jesus?

6.   What is the first thing Jesus does when He enters Jerusalem?  Why does Mark make a point to
tell us this?

7.   How would you paraphrase the big idea of the triumphal entry?  How does the story of the
triumphal entry help prepare the reader for the death of Christ?

How does it apply?

1.   Jesus makes quite the entrance into Jerusalem, both aware of His mission and ultimate direction.
How does Jesus’ level of authority and confidence, in the context of His week, give you hope in
the situations you are facing?

2.   What moments in your life generate feelings that make you celebrate Jesus?  What does that look
like?  

3.   What do you look to Jesus to be the king of in your life?  How can we, as a Life Group, help
ensure that our view of Jesus as king is accurate to what the Bible shares with us?

 

Pre-Life Group Study Questions for May 19, 2019

Mark 10:46-52

What does it text mean?

1.     How would you summarize the big ideas Mark has shared thus far in Chapter 10?

2.     We’ve read three stories of Jesus foretelling his death in Mark (8:31, 9:30, and 10:32).  
Compare these stories to each other.  Why are the events preceding this story in 10:46-52
significant?  What can we learn about this story from the context?

3.     Why does Mark include so many details regarding the identity of the blind man?

4.     What is significance about how the blind man addresses Jesus in v. 47?

5.     What should we take from the people who were telling Bartimaeus to be silent?

6.     Why does Bartimaeus “throw off his cloak” in v. 50?

7.     In v. 51, Jesus repeats the question he asks the disciples when they question him in 10:36. 
What is Mark telling us by repeating this question?  How does this question compare between
the two interactions?

8.     What are the different things Bartimaeus asks Jesus for in vv. 46-52?  How does Jesus respond
to him and what does he do for him?

9.     What does Bartimaeus do in response to his healing?

10. In your own words, what is Mark’s big idea for 10:46-52?

How does it apply?

1.     When did you first hear about Jesus?  What feelings, emotions, and questions did Jesus stir in
your mind and heart?

2.     We continue to see examples in Mark of the disciples, who should “get it”, missing it, and
others who haven’t been so close with Jesus “getting it”.  How can we ensure that we continue
to see Jesus as the real deal?

3.     Jesus continues to accept those who are viewed as less than most.  How can we be more
attentive to the needs of others that might be perceived as less than most?

4.     What can we learn from the way Bartimaeus approaches Jesus?  How do we approach God
when we are seeking something from him?

Pre-Life Group Study Questions for May 12, 2019

Mark 10:32-45

What does the text mean?

1.     How would you summarize the big ideas of Mark thus far in Chapter 10?

2.     In verses 32-34 Jesus speaks of His death for a third time.  As you compare this statement with
the first two (8:31 & 9:30-31), what new information are you provided with?

3.     What is significant about Jesus “walking ahead of them?”  Why were the disciples “amazed” and
the other followers “afraid”?

4.     Explain why James and John ask to sit at Jesus' right and left?  How might it show faith?  How
might it show pride?  What evidence is in the text to support your answers?

5.     In Jesus’ response, what is the most important idea Jesus is trying to teach James and John
about the pathway to greatness in the kingdom?

6.     What does "lord it over" mean in v. 42?  In what way would this contrast how Jesus lived His
life?

7.     How does v. 45 tell us about the “why” of Jesus’ death in connection to vv. 32-34?

8.     In what way was the death of Jesus Christ a “ransom”?  Who does Jesus say it is for?  From what
are they ransomed?

9.    How would you paraphrase Mark’s big idea in 10:32-45?

How does it apply?

 1.    What are the ways we typically think of service, giving, or humility?  How can we expand this
principle into all areas of life?

2.     What do you learn from this passage about the pathway to greatness in the Kingdom?  How
should it form the model for our lives now?  Where do you see a need for growth in your life?

3.     How do you think you would be described if those under your “authority” were asked about
how you lead?

4.     Imagine you were one of the other disciples overhearing James and John asking for the most
prominent roles in the kingdom of God.  What would your reaction have been?  How should
we react today when we encounter a other Christians who seek what appear to be selfish goals,
in whatever form that may look like?  What can we as a group do to support one another
regarding this scenario?

 

Pre-Life Group Study Questions for May 5, 2019

Mark 10:17-31

What does it mean?

1.     How would you summarize what Mark has shared thus far in chapter 10? Is a theme being
established or continued?

2.     Why does the man address Jesus as “Good Teacher”? What can we imply about him from the
way he approaches Jesus?

3.     What does Jesus mean by his response in v. 18?

4.     In Jesus’ response to the man, he quotes some of the Ten Commandments (v. 19). Why might
he choose to quote these specific commandments?

5.     Why does Mark include the detail that Jesus “loved” the man in v. 21?

6.     Why does Jesus tell the man to sell all he has?

7.     Explain the difference between the two statements Jesus makes in vv. 23 and 24. Is his second
statement a more general one, or is he still addressing those who have wealth?

8.     Summarize the metaphor Jesus uses to demonstrate the difficulty wealthy people have in
entering the kingdom. How does Jesus use the metaphor of the camel and the needle to
demonstrate his point? How does he provide an answer for the seemingly impossible problem
he raised?

9.     What does Jesus mean by “now in this time” and “in the age to come” in v. 30? Which rewards
apply to which time?

10.  Explain what Jesus means by his statement in v. 31. How does this connect to his previous
teachings?

How does it apply?

1.    Why is money such a challenging area for people to trust God in?  We live in an area that is
considered rich by comparison to the world. How can we be assured of our inclusion in the
kingdom?  What does God want us to think, feel, and do regarding our resources?

2.    When you first realized that Jesus was the most important thing in your life, did you find some
areas of your life change in this new relationship?  How did they change?

3.    What other areas, outside resources, are challenging to turn over and trust God with?  What
does it look like for us as a community to help each other grow in greater trust in God in these
areas?

Pre-Life Group Study Questions for April 28, 2019

Mark 10:13-16

What does the text mean?

1. Since chapter 8, how has Mark defined what genuine faith is thus far in his book?

2. In the immediate context, how should we understand the connection between Jesus teachings on
divorce with his interactions with children?

3. Why is it that “they” are bringing children to Jesus in verse 13? Who are “they”? Why do the
disciples rebuke them?

4. In verse 14, Jesus was “indignant” to the disciples. Why does Jesus react so strongly?

5. What does Jesus mean by his statement in verse 15? In what sense are we to be “like a child”?

6. Jesus seems to be talking about children in verse 14, and then calling us to be like children in
verse 15. Is the kingdom of God for the children, or for those who are like children? Explain.

7. What is the significance of Jesus taking the children in his arms (v 16)?

8. How would you paraphrase Mark’s big idea in 10:13-16?

How does it apply?

1. What do we learn about the person of Jesus and the character of God by his indignation toward
the disciples?

2. What is the area in your life that you could continue to demonstrate more of that “childlike”
trust and dependence on God?

3. How do we balance childlike faith with our responsibility to continue pursuing a deep,
intellectual knowledge of God? What can we do to help each other maintain that balance?

 

Pre-Life Group Study Questions for April 14, 2019

Mark 10:1-12

 What does it mean?

1.     Summarize chapter 9 in terms of what Jesus taught.  Who was most of this teaching
directed at?

2.     Why does Mark include that teaching was Jesus’ “custom” in verse 1?  What would that mean
to the disciples witnessing this first-hand?  Reading this as the original audience for Mark?  
For us, today?

3.     What is the Pharisees’ motivation for their question to Jesus?  Why?

4.     The Pharisees are referencing Deuteronomy 24 in verse 4.   How does knowing the Old
Testament law help us understand this text?

5.     How does Jesus’ answer in verses 5-10 point the Pharisees to the overall idea of the law? 
What point does he make in verse 5 to shift the focus of the Pharisees question?

6.     Why might the disciples ask Jesus again about his teachings on divorce?  Why might Jesus need
to state divorce from both the man and woman’s situation?

7.     In Jesus’ overall response to questions on divorce, is he providing specific rules that we are
expected to follow?  If not, what point is he making?

How does it apply?

1.     Jesus’ response to the Pharisees appeals to God’s creation intent for marriage. How might this
approach change how we think about marriage and divorce?  How might this change the way
we think about and interpret both the law and Jesus’ teaching?  How can we help others see
that?

2.     We live in a culture that is torn between a black and white view of divorce or only shades of
gray.  What does it mean for us to be increasingly devoted to knowing what we believe and
standing for it?  How can we stand up for our beliefs on divorce specifically?

3. Marriage is one piece of God’s plan. How can we lovingly help each other align all our thinking
and living with God’s word?

Pre-Life Group Study Questions for April 7, 2019

Mark 9:38-50

What does it mean?

1.     How would you summarize the key ideas Mark has shared about what it means to be a follower
of Jesus in chapter 9?

2.     Why are the disciples so concerned about others exercising power in the name of Jesus?

3.     What does Jesus mean that “no one will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me” in v. 39?

4.     In v. 42, Jesus returns to another example using a child.  How are these ideas connected to
vv. 38-41?

5.     What does Jesus mean when He says these “little ones believe in me” (v. 42)?

6.     Are Jesus’ instructions about how we should respond to sin in verses 43-48 literal or
metaphorical? How much should we be applying these teachings?

7.     What do the images of salt and fire represent in this text?

8.     How would you paraphrase Mark’s big idea of 9:38-50?

 

How does it apply?

1.     Through this text, what can we learn about God and the characteristics of those that follow
Him?

2.     What does it look like to welcome and encourage someone promoting Jesus and simultaneously
be on guard for those who could lead the spiritually immature away from Jesus?

3.     How could we increasingly be devoted to knowing the essentials of what we believe?  How can
we increasingly, lovingly stand for those essentials?

4.     Leading others to sin is a big deal.  How do we help each other to ensure we’re not doing it?

 

Pre-Life Group Study Questions for March 31, 2019

Mark 9:30-37

What does the text mean?

1.    Summarize the big ideas so far in Mark chapter 9.

2.    How do verses 30-32 connect to both 9:14-29 and 9:33-37?

3.    In v. 31, Jesus foretells his death.  What are the details he gives?  Why is he sharing them
now?

4.    Why does Jesus still not want anyone to know (v. 30)?  Why might the disciples be afraid to ask
him about his teachings (v. 32)?

5.    Why does Jesus ask what the disciples were talking about on their journey in verse 33?
What does their response tell you about their awareness of what they’ve learned?

6.    How does Jesus respond to the disciples’ argument about who is the greatest?  What does he
mean by his statement in v. 35?

7.    How do the ideas “be last of all” and “servant of all” relate to each other?

8.    Why does Jesus use a child as an example in vv. 36-37?  How are children received differently
between then and now?

9.    What does it mean to “receive” someone as the child?  Who is it that “sent” Jesus and how
significant is it to receive someone like this child?

10. How would you paraphrase Mark’s big idea in 9:30-37?

How does it apply?

1.    How do you define humility?  How do most people define humility?

2.    Who are the people that demonstrate humility and how does it get expressed?

3.    Can you grow in humility?  How?  How would you know?

4.    How does Jesus model and demonstrate this idea of humility and servant hood to us through
his own life?

5.    Who would we put into that category of “children” in our day and age?

6.    What does it mean to receive someone in the name of Christ?  Is it accepting those different
from us, providing for those that are less fortunate than us or something different entirely? 

Pre-Life Group Study Questions for March 24, 2019

Mark 9:14-32

What does the text mean?
1.   Summarize Mark 9:1-13.  How does this week’s narrative of healing connect to the
transfiguration?

2.  Why does Mark include such specific details about how the demon possession affects the boy
(vv. 17-18, 20, 22, 26)?

3.  Jesus makes some strong statements in verse 19 (see also Matthew 17:17 and Luke 9:41).  Have
we seen him use such harsh language before?   Who is he calling faithless?  The crowd, the father,
the disciples, the scribes, or all of them?   What exactly is he frustrated about?

4.  Why does Jesus ask how long the boy has been experiencing this possession (v. 21)?

5.   Summarize the dialogue between the father of the boy and Jesus in verses 21-24.  Who is the
you” in the “if you can” statement?   Why does the father respond by saying “help my unbelief”? 
If he said he believes, why would he still need help?

6.   What does Jesus mean by his response to the disciples’ inquiry in verse 29?

7.   What is the contrast between the disciples and the father?   Why was the father willing to ask
for help, but the disciples were afraid to ask?

8.   How would you paraphrase Mark’s big idea in 9:14-32?

How does it apply?

1.   How much does our faith have to do with our ability to receive healing?  How do we reconcile
God’s sovereignty with our human responsibility?

2.   Do you know anyone who has been suffering from an illness for years?  How might you pray for
them?  How might you encourage them?

3.   How do we actually cultivate more faith?  What does that look like?  What are some of the
things or people God has used in your life to grow your faith?

4.   What might our lives look like if our attitude were a little more like the father’s and a little less
like the disciples’?  What would be the impact on our faith?  Our experience of God?

 

Pre-Life Group Study Questions for March 17, 2019

Mark 9:1-13

What does the text mean?

1.  Summarize where we’ve been in the past 8 chapters of Mark. Has there been a clear turning
point in the narrative thus far?  If so, where?

2.  How does the end of chapter 8 set the disciples and the reader up for the transfiguration?

3.  In 9:1, Jesus says some of those standing with him will see the kingdom of God before they die?
Is this an immediate foreshadowing (the transfiguration), his death and resurrection, or
something else?

4.  What does it mean that Jesus was “transfigured before them”?  What do you think this looked and
felt like to the disciples?

5.  Why do you think Jesus is joined by Elijah and Moses?  What do each of them represent?

6.  Peter responds to the transfigured Christ and Moses and Elijah by wanting to make a tent for
them.  Why does he suggest this?

7.  Who is the voice coming out of the cloud in v. 7?  When else have we heard this voice in Mark?
How are these interactions similar/different?

8.  In verse 9, why is it that Jesus charges them to tell no one?

9.  In verse 11, the disciples question references the prophecy of Elijah returning in Malachi 4:5. 
Why is the disciples question important regarding who Jesus is?  What is Jesus telling them by
saying “Elijah has come.”?

How does it apply?

1. Like the transfiguration, can you look back on a moment in your spiritual life where you knew
undeniably that Jesus is God?  How did you react?  What lasting impact has that produced?

2. How should seeing the transfigured Christ give more flesh and meaning to his commands
in 8:34-38?

3. How do you think Jesus is revealing his true identity to us now, in 2019?  How can we share that
with others?

4. What might it look like to more courageously follow Jesus every day - inspired, encouraged, and
emboldened by who Jesus is and anticipating the fulfillment of the kingdom?

 

Pre-Life Group Study Questions for March 10, 2019

Mark 8:31-38

What does the text mean?

1.    Summarize last week’s text (7:24-8:30).  Jesus foretells his death and resurrection to the
disciples for the first time in 8:31-33. Why does he teach them this now?

2.    In v. 31 the word “must” takes control of the sentence. What does this tell us about Jesus’
purpose for coming to earth?

3.    What does Peter’s action in v. 32 tell us about his understanding of Jesus’ role as “the Christ?” 
Why does Jesus rebuke Peter?

4.    Why do you think Mark includes the detail of “turning and seeing his disciples” at the beginning
of v. 33?

5.    Summarize Jesus’ teachings in vv. 34-38.  Who is Jesus speaking to now?  What is the
connection to his rebuke of Peter?

6.    In vv. 34-35, what is the reward offered by Jesus give for denying self, taking up one’s cross, and
following him?

7.    Jesus asks two rhetorical questions – what do they communicate?

8.   How would you paraphrase Mark’s big idea in 8:31-38?

How does it apply?

1.   What is your emotional response when you read about denying yourself, taking up your cross,
and losing your life?  Sad?  Happy?  Afraid?  Relieved?  And why?

2.   What does it look like to lose our lives for Jesus' sake in our community?  To deny ourselves and
take up our cross?  Is this a one-time action or a lifelong process?  Explain.

3.   What would it feel like to be part of a larger community who has chosen to lose their lives for
Jesus’ sake? 

4.   Without minimizing that there can be things that feel like costs for following Jesus, how do we
help one another remain focused on the rewards?   

Pre-Life Group Study Questions for March 3, 2019

Mark 7:24-8:30

What does it mean?

1.    Describe where we’ve been in Mark thus far.  Why does Mark follow a discussion of sin (7:1-23)
with stories of healings and miracles?

2.    What does Jesus mean by his statement in v. 27?  Does the woman understand what he
means?  What does she mean by her response?

3.    To what/whom do the terms “children,” “dogs,” and “bread” refer to in Jesus’ parable?

4.    What is unique about the healing of the deaf man in vv. 31-37?  Why do you think Mark
describes so many of the physical details of this healing?

5.    How is the narrative of Jesus feeding the four thousand in 8:1-10 different than Jesus feeding
the five thousand in Chapter 6?  Is it evident that the disciples learned from the previous
miracle?  Do you think this miracle had a greater impact on the crowd or the disciples?  Why?

6.   In vv. 11-13, what does the Pharisees' request for a "sign" tell you about their powers of
observation?  Their faith?

7.    In vv. 14-15, what is the "leaven" of the Pharisees?  Why does Jesus tell them to "beware" or
"watch out" for it and in what way is he saying it may infect people?

8.   In vv. 22-26, what healing procedure did Jesus use to heal the blind man of Bethsaida?  
Why didn’t he fully heal him on the first try?

9.    In vv. 28-29, what questions does Jesus ask?  How does Peter answer?  How does this reflect
what the Jews expect the Christ or Messiah to be?

10.  How would you summarize Marks big idea in 7:24-8:30?

How does it apply?

1.     Do you ever feel like it would be easier to trust God more if you could see something
miraculous done or experience healing for yourself?

2.    Did the impact of finding salvation in Christ and being forgiven feel miraculous to you?  How
often do you think about it?

3.    What do you find hardest to trust Christ has power over, based on your assessment of what you
worry most about?

 

Pre-Life Group Study Questions for February 24, 2019

Mark 7:14-23

What does it mean?

1.   Summarize Mark thus far.  What are some of the big themes we’ve seen?

2.   Describe the connection between Mark 7:1-13 and vv. 14-23. How does Mark
follow-up Jesus’ interaction with the Pharisees in vv. 14-23?

3.   What does Jesus mean by his statement in v. 15?  How would you paraphrase it to make it
easier to understand?

4.   How should we understand Jesus’ response to the disciples in v. 18?

5.   What is Jesus specifically referencing through the “heart”, and how does it participate in
one’s defilement?

6.   What is the significance of Jesus declaring all foods clean?  How does this relate to
tradition?

7.   What are some examples Jesus uses to demonstrate things that come out of the heart of
man?  What do these things ultimately point to in our lives?

8.   How do you think Jesus’ teaching changed the way the disciples thought of sin?  How does
Jesus’ view relate to what they know from the Old Testament?

9.   How would you paraphrase Mark’s big idea in 7:14-23?

How does it apply?

1.   What was your view of sin growing up?  How has it changed?  How would you define sins
vs. sin nature today?

2.   How do you fight the feeling of coming up short/being a failure because we never
completely overcome our sin? What is the role of your Life Group to encourage honest
dialogue and help one another have confidence in Jesus’ victory over sin?

3.   What does Ongoing Spiritual Transformation mean in light of your view of sin?

4.   How would you communicate this understanding of sin to people that have yet to treasure
Christ?  Where do you start?

Pre-Life Group Study Questions for February 17, 2019

Mark 7:1-13

What does the text say?

1.    How does Mark 7: 1-13 fit in the flow of Mark’s gospel thus far?  What have we learned about
the disciples?  The crowds?  The religious leaders?

2.    Why does Mark include that the religious leaders came from Jerusalem?

3.    What might it tell us about Mark’s audience that he includes an explanation in vv. 3-4, and
what does it tell us about “the tradition of the elders?”

4.    What is the primary issue the religious leaders address with Jesus in vv. 1-5, and why is it
important to them?

5.    Was it necessarily a wrong goal for the religious leaders to try to uphold the “tradition of the
elders
”? Explain.

6.    The word hypocrite refers to “an actor” or “someone who wears a mask.”  How is Jesus using
this word?  What is the contemporary usage of the word?  Explain.

7.    What are the two problems the religious leaders have, according to Jesus’ quote of Isaiah 29:13? 
Explain.

8.  How does v. 9 get illustrated through the example Jesus gives in vv. 10 –13?

9.   How does the allowance of “Corban” cause the religious leaders to “void the word of God?”

10.  Summarize how Jesus’ statements in vv. 6-13 answer the religious leaders question in v. 5?

How does the text apply?

1.    How can pursuing something good, even the Bible, go bad?  Is it possible for us to seek the
truth of the Bible, but have a heart that is very far from God?  Explain.

2.    What are some external markers that Christians use today to measure their spiritual health, or
that of others?  What are the dangers? 

3.    As we do things that we think will be pleasing to God, how do we maintain a heart that
honors God?

Pre-Life Group Study Questions for February 10, 2019

Mark 6:30-52

What does it mean?

1.   How would you summarize Mark 6:1-29?

2.   What is it the disciples are telling Jesus in v. 30?

3.   In v. 31, why does Jesus ask the disciples to come away?  Who are the “many”?

4.   In v. 34, why does Jesus have compassion on the crowds? What does it mean to be
a “sheep without a shepherd”?  What role is Jesus assuming in this interaction?

5.   How does Jesus respond to the disciples in v. 37?  What is he telling them to do?

6.   Do the disciples demonstrate faith in Christ and knowledge of who he is in their
dialogue with him about feeding the crowds?  Explain.

7.   Why does Mark include the details he does in vv. 39-40?

8.  Is there any indication in this passage that the disciples and those fed by Jesus have
an understanding of who he is?

9.  Immediately after feeding five thousand, Jesus performs another miraculous feat
by walking on the water.  Why were the disciples afraid again after seeing Jesus
displaying what he can do?  What does that say about them that their first
assumption is that Jesus is a ghost?

10. Jesus calms the wind and the disciples are “astounded”.  Explain what their
amazement is rooted in?  What clues does Mark give us concerning if this is
good or bad?

11. What change are we seeing so far through Mark (as we end Chapter 6) of the
perception of who Jesus is from the crowds?  And from the disciples?

 How does it apply?

1.   Are you encouraged or discouraged by how slow the disciples are to respond with
faith?

2.   Most Christians would say “Jesus can do anything.”  But practically, do we live
with the expectation that Jesus could do something amazing at any moment? 
Would we be astounded if he chose to do something amazing in our lives?

3.   How do we typically respond to the new and potentially overwhelming situations
in our lives?  How might we respond with greater faith?  How do we get there?

4.  How can we support each other when our responses are not as faith-filled as we
would like?  How can we encourage each other toward those faithful responses?

Pre-Life Group Study Questions for February 3, 2019

Mark 6:14-29

What does it mean?

1.   How would you summarize Mark 6:1-13?

2.    Why does Mark choose to sandwich the story of John the Baptist’s death in between the
sending out of the disciples and their return in vv. 30-32?

3.    What is the “it” Herod hears of in v. 14?  The works of Jesus?  The disciples?  
Something else?

4.    What kind of person is Herod, judging by this passage?  Compare Herod to John.

5.    Do we know if Herod was opposed to the works of John?

6.    How had John incurred Herod’s wrath and was imprisoned?

7.    Why does Herod fear John in v. 20?  Where else have we seen fear in Mark’s gospel?

8.    Herod kills John the Baptist as he is being pressured by the people opposing him.  How
does this compare to the way Jesus would also be killed (see Mark 15:1-15)?

9.    How would you paraphrase Mark’s big idea in 6:14-29?

 How does it apply?

1.     What are some of the issues you find it challenging to take a stand for?

2.     Are there any issues that you could stand for with unwavering certainty regardless of
opposition?

3.     What are some of the ways we could help equip and support one another in the face of
difficult opposition to living a life worthy of the gospel in today’s world?

4.     Who in your life have you known that you would say was strong in living the integrity
of the gospel that you’d like to be more like?

5.    Who in your life could you help by taking a more deliberate approach with regard to
something they are struggling with?

 

Pre-Life Group Study Questions for January 27, 2019

Mark 6:6b-13

What does it mean?

1.    What are the big ideas that we have seen in Mark (Chapters 1-6) thus far?

2.    Why does Mark follow Jesus’ rejection with his sending out of the twelve?

3.    Why do you think Jesus sends the disciples out two by two?

4.    When Mark tells us that Jesus gives authority to the disciples, what exactly is that
authority he is giving them?

5.    What is the significance of Jesus giving the disciples such specific instructions for
their journey in vv. 8-9?  How do you think the disciples felt about taking
nothing with them?

6.    In v. 10 when Jesus says, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart.”
What does he mean by this?

7.    Jesus seems to be implying that the disciples will experience rejection.  How does
he instruct them to respond to rejection in v. 11?  Does this instruction surprise
you?  Explain. 

8.    In vv. 12-13 describe what the ministry of the disciples looked like.  Is their
ministry the same as Jesus’?

9.    Is Mark intending his readers to think they are or will be given the same authority
as the apostles?  Explain. 

10. Does the ministry Jesus called the disciples to in this passage mirror what he
taught about in the parables in Chapter 4?

11. How would you paraphrase Mark's big idea in 6:6b-13?

 How does it apply?

1.    How would you apply the disciple’s mission to your sphere of influence?

2.    Are we required to leave our homes and preach on the road? Why or why not?  
Are we to go with no resources and not prepare for potential needs? Explain.

3.    In light of that, have you ever felt Jesus inviting you to “take nothing for your
journey” (v. 8)? Explain.

4.    What is it about our food, money, and possessions that can weigh us down?

5.    How can we determine whether or not someone has or has not received us and
whether we should shake the dust off our feet?  What might that look like?

6.    More than anything, Mark has made it obvious that this gospel is totally different
from what everyone expected - and to follow Jesus, it will cost you and the
journey will be difficult. What encourages us personally to move forward in our
journey with Christ? How can we call and encourage others into this journey
with us?

 

 

 

Pre-Life Group Study Questions for January 20, 2019

Mark 6:1-6a

What does it mean?

1.    How would you summarize the major ideas thus far in Mark?

2.    How does Mark transition out of Chapter 5? Why does he choose to follow Jesus’
miracles and power with his rejection in his hometown?

3.    What are some of the big miracles Jesus has displayed leading up to Chapter 6?

4.    What is the ultimate question the people are asking when they ask all their questions in
vs. 2-3? What is the significance of them mentioning that he is “the son of Mary”?

5.    What is keeping them from seeing Jesus for who he is?

6.    What does Jesus mean by his response in v. 4?

7.    What does it mean that “he could do no mighty work there”? Why doesn’t he try to prove
to them who he is?

8.    Why do you think those closest to Jesus reject him?

9.    How would you paraphrase Mark’s big idea of 6:1-6?

How does it apply?

1.    Are there times we find ourselves so familiar with Jesus that we lose the awe and wonder
of who he is?

2.   When was the first time, or most recent time, you felt overwhelmed by the magnitude of
who Jesus is?

3.   Is there someone your life that you desire to be overwhelmed with who Jesus is? Explain.

4.   How can we keep those around us from missing the identity of the real person of Christ?

5.   How can we reconcile the fact that we don’t see Jesus “attempting” to win over those
closest to him?

 

Discussion Questions for January 13, 2019

Mark 5:21-43

What does it mean?

1.    Give a summary of Jesus’ teaching about the Kingdom of God in Mark 4:1-34. 

2.    What do the stories from Mark 4:35-5:20 have in common with v21-43?

3.    In the previous passage, we see Jesus demonstrate His power over the storm and over demons. 
What is He showing power over in the healing of the woman and also of the child?

4.    What is the impression Jairus the ruler has of Jesus in v22-23 when he first learns of Jesus
coming?  What is the significance that he is a religious leader?

5.    What is the impression the woman bleeding for 12 years has of Jesus in v27-28?  Is it the
same as the ruler’s?  What is the significance of all that the woman has done prior to seeking
out Jesus?

6.    Why does Jesus ask “Who touched my garments?” in v30?  Does He really not know who touched
Him?

7.    Is the disciples’ response to Jesus in v31 indicative of the way they view the authority of Jesus? 
Does He still not know who touched Him in v32?

8.   What is the source of the woman’s fear as Jesus turns to her?

9.   Why doesn’t Mark include the response of the ruler of the synagogue when he finds out his
daughter is dead?  Why do the witnesses at the house laugh at Jesus in v40?

10. Despite Jesus’ healings and miracles becoming more public, He still charges those who
witnessed His raising of the little girl to tell no one about it.  Why is this?

11. How would you summarize these previous four demonstrations of Jesus’ power from 4:35-5:43?

How does it apply?

1.   What would it look like for you to go to Jesus in faith rather than going to him in fear?  
Explain.

2.   What emotions, if any, are stirred up in you as you read of people in difficult circumstances?  
As you look back, which of the people in these stories do you identify the most with?

3.   What is your reaction to a total reliance on God?  How do you feel about the tension between
God’s protection and what we can personally do in the midst of tough times?  Has your view of
the balance of the two changed over time?