Speaker: Pastor Jay Childs
Scripture: Mark 11:27-12:44
Series: The Gospel of Mark
- Disbelief (vv. 11:27-12:12)
- Hypocrisy (vv. 12:13-17)
- Ignorance (vv. 12:18-34)
- Pride (vv. 12:38-44)
GETTING TO KNOW ME
What kind of criticism of Jesus bothers you the most? Why?
INTO THE BIBLE
- Read Mark 1:14-15.
- How do these verses capture the theme of Mark’s Gospel?
- What is the gospel? What are common false gospels?
- What does it mean to repent?
- Read Matthew 3:8. What does it mean to “produce fruit”?
- How would you explain how to be saved to someone in fewer than 30 words?
- Read Mark 11:27-33.
- What are the four ways people reject Jesus according to the message?
- Who were 1) the chief priests, 2) the teachers of the Law, 3) the elders?
- Discuss how and where Mark’s Gospel emphasizes the authority of Jesus over all things.
- Read the four responses we see to Jesus in this extended section. Which is closest to you?
- Read Mark 12:13, 18. Who were the 1) Pharisees, 2) Herodians, 3) Sadducees?
- Read Mark 12:24.
- Why is ignorance of the Bible so dangerous?
- Read Psalm 119:9-16. How do we develop this kind of attitude toward God’s Word?
- Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Discuss how God’s Word is profitable; be specific with examples.
- What are your Bible reading/study habits?
- What kind of Bible reference tools have you found helpful?
- Jesus quotes Psalm 110 in Mark 12:6. (Note: Psalm 110 is the most-quoted chapter of the Old Testament in the New Testament.) Read this Psalm and discuss how it applies to Jesus.
- Read Mark 12:38-44.
- Discuss the contrast Jesus draws here between the teachers and the poor widow.
- What does this mean: “Such men will be punished most severely”? Where? How?
- What were the “two small copper coins”? How much were they worth? Why is pride one of the worst sins?
What is a practical way to boost your biblical/theological knowledge?