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?