Discussion Questions for November 11, 2018

Mark 2:23-3:6

What does it mean?

1. How would you summarize where we have been in Mark thus far?  What was the big idea of Mark 2:18-22?

2. The Pharisees last week asked about rules observing fasting and now inquire about working on the Sabbath. What actions do the Pharisees think are unlawful in this passage? Does it appear that they are asking in order to find fault, or to find clarity? Explain.

3. How does Jesus defend his disciples' actions?

4. Why does Jesus point to David as an example to the Pharisees?

5. What does it mean that "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath"?

6. Do the Pharisees recognize Jesus as who He says He is in verse 28? What evidence is in this passage for their views?

7.  In Chapter 3, what problem do the Pharisees have with Jesus and how does Jesus respond to them? 

8. Why does Jesus use the phrase "save life" when challenging the Pharisee’s views?

9. According to Mark, what is it that grieves Jesus? What is it that makes him angry? Is it significant that Mark includes both of these emotions? Explain.

10. How would you paraphrase the big idea of Mark 2:23-3:6?

 How does it apply?

1. What mentality of the law, or rules around Christianity, did you grow up with?  If you grew up in it, what was the motivation for the way in which we were to live our lives?

2. As we understand the gospels, do we feel more or less freedom when it comes to living with rules or guidelines of Christian conduct? How does this fit with the idea that God loves us and wants us to be happy?

3. Should we still be practicing some form of Sabbath? What might it look like? What might it look like this week?

4. If you spent any part of this past week fasting, how was your experience?  What are you hoping will come from it in the next couple weeks?