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
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?