"Of Utmost Importance" - Mark 9:38-50

  1. What was the basis for John's objection to the man who was casting out demons in Jesus Name?
  2. How did Jesus respond to John concerning this man? 
  3. What is the general principle or policy Jesus puts forth in regard to these kinds of situations?  In what way is this applicable today?
  4. What does it mean when Jesus says, "he who is not against Me is for Me"?  In what ways does this truth simplify our relationship with those around us whether they be believers and "yet to be" believers?
  5. Compare Jesus attitude of inclusiveness with that of Moses in Numbers 11:27-29 and Paul's in Philippians 2: 14-18. What are all three saying about ministry and God's invitation to do ministry in Jesus Name?
  6. How does verse 41 help us understand the opportunity each person has in being used in a significant way by God through what seems insignificant?
  7. What does it mean that someone will give you a cup of water because of your name as followers of Christ?  What does it tell us about those that give and those that receive?  Why do you think it is worthy of reward?
  8. What does it mean to cause little ones to stumble?  What constitutes stumbling? Who are these little ones?
  9. What is Jesus saying when He says, "it would have been better to drowned than cause one of these to stumble"?
  10. What is Jesus saying about the importance of laying hold of the life God has for us in heaven through Jesus (vs. 43 –48)?  Why does Jesus use such strong language to make His point?  What is His point?
  11. In a practical way how can we still apply the truth Jesus is declaring in verses 43 through 48 without literally disfiguring ourselves?
  12. It has been said "no preacher has ever spoken clearer and harder words about Hell than Jesus".  What do we learn about Hell from Jesus?  What is unquenchable fire?  What is the worn that will not die?
  13. What does it mean to be salted by fire?  Check out 1 Peter 4:12 and 1 Cor. 3: 11-15.
  14. How does salt lose its saltiness?  How do we lose our saltiness?
  15. What does it mean to have salt in yourselves?  What is this salt and how do I get it into myself?  Once it is in how do I maintain its saltiness?
  16. What does it mean to be at peace with one another?  Why is this admonition here?
  17. What has God revealed to you about in this passage for your own personal life and how are you going to apply it?
Benjamin Steiner