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?