Weekly Study Questions

Mark 3:20-35, "The Unpardonable Sin?"

  1. From this account in Mark 3 what do we learn about the nature and power of human attitude?  What was the attitude of "Jesus own people"?  What was the attitude of the Scribes? In what ways were they similar, and in what ways were they different?
  2. In what way can these attitudes if left unchallenged keep each group from discovering who Jesus is and what He has come to do for them? 
  3. How does the attitudes of each of these groups distort the work and message of Jesus?  In what way does this distortion put them at risk of not entering into the salvation God has provided in Jesus?
  4. How does our own attitudes affect the way we view scripture and respond to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives?  In what ways can that cause us to miss out on all that God has for us in Jesus?
  5. In what ways can we co-operate with the Holy Spirit to discover and deal with attitudes that would hinder or even nullify His work in our lives?  See Psalm 139;23-24; Psalm 95:7,8; 1 John 1:9;
  6. According to this text what does it mean to blaspheme against the Holy Spirit?
  7. In what way are the Scribes potentially guilty of such blasphemy?
  8. What is "an eternal sin" or unpardonable sin according to this text?
  9. In what way is this sin actually a rejection of the only way of pardon which is found in Jesus and Jesus alone, and thus an unpardonable sin? Why is it important that we understand that Jesus is speaking these words to those who refused to believe who He is, and what He has come to do? Discuss in light of John 3:16; John 1:12; 2 Cor. 5:17-21; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5,6; Phil.3: 9-11; Hebrews 10.
  10. In what ways are the Scribes dangerously close to ultimately committing this sin? (see verse 30) Who do they say Jesus is?  By what power do the Scribes claim Jesus does these great works of power?  In what way does their assertions make them guilty of speaking blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?
  11. Why is it impossible for a believer to be guilty of the unpardonable sin?  Check out the various ways believers can grieve the Holy Spirit Ephesians 4:30, resist the Holy Spirit –Acts 7:51; and quench the Holy Spirit – 1 Thess. 5:19 and still not be found guilty of the eternal sin?  What does our pardon, our forgiveness of sin rest upon?
  12. What would you say to a believer who is afraid they may, or could possibly be guilty of the unpardonable sin?
  13. What have you learned from this passage and in what way are you going to incorporate what you have learned into your life?

Weekly Study Questions

Matthew 28:1-8, "Risen, just as He said"

  1. Discuss and compare the various accounts of Jesus Resurrection as recorded Matthew 28: 1- 10; Mark 16: 1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20: 1- 18.  In what ways are they the same and in what ways are they different?  How do all four accounts help us more fully understand this very important moment in time as it is being experienced by Christ's followers?
  2. Clearly the women had come to the tomb expecting to minister to Christ's dead body.  How is it that they had heard Jesus speak of His resurrection and yet they did not believe (including the disciples)? 
  3. In what ways do we still have trouble today believing what Jesus has said He will do?  Why is it that we can hear and yet not believe?
  4. Why did Jesus when He encountered the disciples after His resurrection not take them to task for their unbelief?  Check out His interaction with Thomas in John 20: 24-29.  What do we learn about Jesus through this interaction with Thomas?  In what way does that encourage us in our own faith challenges and failings?
  5. In Romans 6 Paul applies the realities of Jesus resurrection to every believer who has placed their faith in Jesus.  What are those resurrection realities for each of us today?
  6. In what way does this passage point up the importance of the resurrection for each of us as we live out our lives in Jesus?
  7. Why is the resurrection of Jesus so important to our faith according to Paul in 1 Cor. 15: 12-19? 
  8. In what way does Jesus resurrection give you confidence to trust Him for all the other things He has promised to you?  What are those promises? 
  9. In what way is Jesus resurrection going to help you live for Him today?

Weekly Study Questions

Mark 2:23-3:12, "The Lord of the Sabbath"

  1. What is Jesus answer to the Pharisees as they accused His disciples of unlawful conduct on the Sabbath?  In what way does the Pharisees disregard for the precedent set by David help us understand their attitude as they engage Jesus?  What is that attitude?
  2. What does it mean that the "Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath"?  How does this fit with what Jesus said earlier in defense of His disciples eating grain (working) on the Sabbath?
  3. What does it mean when Jesus says He is "Lord even of the Sabbath"?  Check out these passages and discuss if and how Jesus set us free from the Law of the sabbath. Hebrews 4; Hebrews 10; Col. 2:13-17: Ephesian 2:8,9 ...
  4. In what way does Jesus healing of the man with a withered hand illustrate for us and thus help us better understand what He was saying in verses 25-28?
  5. In Mark 3:4 Jesus askes the Pharisees a question.  What is the question and what is the correct answer?  What does the answer tell us about God's intent for the Sabbath?  Check out parallel passages in Matthew12:9-14?
  6. What from this passage do we know about the attitude of the Pharisees?  What does it mean to have "hardness of heart"? 
  7. Why did the Pharisee's silence to Jesus question make Him angry?  What is the difference between being angry and being grieved?  What does this account help us understand about the difference between the heart of the Pharisees and the heart of Jesus?  In what way does Jesus heart and actions help us understand God's original purpose of the Sabbath?
  8. What can we learn from this passage about the heart of God and the nature of Law and grace?  Why is it important that we personally understand the heart of God and the nature of grace, and incorporate that understanding into our lives?
  9. What kind of heart does Jesus want each of us to have? 
  10. What have you learned from this passage and how are you going to apply it this week?

Weekly Study Questions

Mark 2:13-22, "Asking the Wrong Questions"

  1. In Mark chapter 2 the religious leaders ask a series of "why" questions.  In what way does Jesus answer their "why" questions with "who" answers beginning with Mark 2:7-10 and then through verses 22?
  2. Why is it important that we first ask and answer the "who are you Jesus" question before we attempt to ask and answer the "why" question?
  3. Why do you think the religious leaders were asking these questions and why do you think Jesus answered in the way that He did?
  4. In what way does Jesus answer concerning why He is eating with sinners and tax collectors answer the real question of "who" He is and why He has come?  Who is Jesus and why has He come?  See Luke 19:10
  5. In verse 17 Jesus says He did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.  Who are the righteous?  Are the religious leaders the righteous, why or why not?  What is Jesus teaching here and what does He want the religious leaders to know?
  6. What is fasting?  Why did Jesus say it was not the right time to fast for His disciples?  Is fasting commanded for Christians?  Check out Matthew 6:16-18; Acts27:9.
  7. What is Jesus helping us understand about "who" He is and what He has come to do by using the illustrations of the "old and New cloth" and the "old and new wineskins"?  Consider your answer in light of passages such as 2 Cor. 5:17.
  8. In what ways do we sometimes try to patch new cloth onto old garment or put new wine into old wineskins in our own spiritual lives?
  9. What have you learned about "who" Jesus is and "why" He has come for you?
  10. How are you going to incorporate what you have learned into your life this coming week?

Weekly Study Questions

Mark 1:14-45, "Without Hesitation"

  1. What is the significance of Mark's use of "immediately" in the first chapter of the Gospel?  What does it help us understand about each of the events described?
  2. In verse 15 what does it mean that "the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand"? What are we to do in light of this reality?  How does this fit with Mk. 1:8?
  3. What do you think?  Does verse 15 connect with Mark 16:15 (Matthew28:18-20)?  Why or why not?  Explain?  Why is it important that if there is a connection we see it?
  4. What does it mean to be "fishers of men"?  How does following Jesus make us fishers of men?  Discuss in what ways fishing can be instructive in doing evangelism?
  5. Why were the people amazed at Jesus teaching in verse 21 – 28?
  6. In what way did Jesus demonstrate that His authority was more than words?  How does this truth help us come to terms with who He is and ultimately what He promises?
  7. Marks helps us understand something about the nature of Jesus healing in verse 31.  What can we learn from the healing of Simon's mother-in-law?
  8. In verse 34 Mark tells us that Jesus was not permitting the demons to speak? Why is that? 
  9. Why do you think (vs.35) Jesus went to a secluded place to pray?  What can we learn from this account about the priority and importance of prayer?
  10. What does verse 38-39 help us understand about Jesus priorities?  In what way do you think Jesus prayer in a secluded place may have helped clarify and establish His priorities?
  11. Why is the healing of the leper so important as Jesus begins His ministry?  Why is it so important that Mark takes the time to tell us that Jesus was "moved with compassion" and touched him?  What does it mean to be moved with compassion?
  12. Why do you think Jesus gave the man healed of his leprosy, the instructions He did in verse 44?  What does it mean that Jesus sternly warned him?  Why sternly?
  13. What did the man do in response to Jesus instructions?  Was his response "OK"?
  14. In what way did the healed leper's disobedience impact Jesus ministry?
  15. What can we learn from the leper's response about the importance of following the instructions of our Lord even when "not following" seems to achieve a greater good?  Check out Proverbs 3:5,6.
  16. Consider the following observation from J. Vernon McGee:  "The Lord told him not to tell anybody and he told everybody.  Jesus tells us to tell everybody and we tell nobody".  In what way is the disobedience similar? 
  17. What one thing from this passage have you learned that you are going to apply to your life?  What has God revealed to you and what are you going to do with it?

Weekly Study Questions

Mark 1:12-13, "The Ultimate Question"

  1. Why did the Holy Spirit "impel" Jesus into the wilderness? Why "immediately"? 
  2. What is the significance of the wilderness experience?  What characterizes a wilderness experience and discuss how wilderness experiences gives opportunity for Satan to tempt?  Such as need, discomfort, loneliness, etc.
  3. In what way does verses 12 and 13 fit with the context of verses 1-11?  Why does Mark include it and in what way does it answer the question "Can Jesus really do the job"?
  4. Why do you think Satan has more opportunity to tempt us when we are having a "wilderness experience"?  What does it mean to be having a "wilderness experience" and how does our experience relate to Jesus' experience?  
  5. What can we learn from our "wilderness experiences"?
  6. Why do "wilderness experiences" seem to follow "mountain top" experiences?  Consider Jesus baptism and then the wilderness. Also Red Sea miracle and then the wilderness.
  7. In what ways can having a spiritual victory or a wonderful spiritual experience give Satan an opportunity tempt us and score a victory against us?  Check out Paul's experience in 2 Corinthians 12: 1-10
  8. What does it mean to be tempted?  Why is temptation not a sin?  What does God promise in the midst of temptation?  What should we be doing in the midst of temptation?  See 1 Corinthians10:13.  Also Matthew and Luke's account.
  9. Satan is characterized as a "roaring lion" in 1 Peter 5:6-10. In light of this fact how are we to respond? Reflect on how a lion operates in the wild to capture it's prey.
  10. What can we learn about Satan and his commitment (strategy) to temp us from Luke 4:13?  What do you think it means when it says "...he left Him until an opportune time"?  Why is it important that we know this about Satan?
  11. Mark's account never really answers the question "Can Jesus really do the job"?  Will His flesh fail Him?  It leaves the answer to all of Jesus life to answer.  How does what Jesus did in the wilderness and throughout His life fit with what He asks each of us to do in Mark 8:34?
  12. Why is it important that at the end of the temptation in the wilderness Mark wants us to know that the angels were ministering to Jesus?  How does God minister to us in the midst of temptation and trial, our "wilderness experiences"?  Consider Matt. 11: 28-30; Phil. 4:6,7, ; Psalm 23...
  13. What have you learned from Jesus experience and temptation in the wilderness?  How are you going to apply what you have learned in your own life?

Weekly Study Questions

Mark 1:1-11, "An Ending and a Beginning

  1. Who was Mark and why is it important that we know that he was an associate of both Peter and Paul? 
  2. In what ways is Mark's gospel similar and different from the other three Gospels?  Why is that important?
  3. Why was it important that Mark start with John's coming in fulfillment of Isaiah's prophesy to begin his account of Jesus life and ministry?
  4. What was John's baptism all about?  What was he calling people to do?
  5. In what way did John's message and baptism prepare the way for the baptism that Messiah was to bring?
  6. What does it mean in verse 8 that there is a baptism with water and a baptism with the Holy Spirit?  What is the difference?  Why is it important to know the difference?
  7. How did John see himself in relationship to the coming Messiah?  In what way is his perspective instructive to us as we live and minister in Jesus name?
  8. Why did Jesus insist that John baptize Him?  Why do you think it was important that Jesus be baptized by John? What did Jesus baptism accomplish?  See Matt. 3:14-15.
  9. Jesus baptism by John was the beginning of Jesus formal ministry.  Explain the importance of God's witness (in verse 10 - 11) in light of that beginning?  What do we learn about God and Jesus?  Why is that important?
  10. What can we learn from John and Jesus about living in the will of God?
  11. What does this passage reveal about God's promises and how He delivers on those promises? Check out Numbers 23:19.
  12. In what way(s) is the Gospel according to Mark important to each of us as we respond to what John says to each of us in 1 John 2:5,6?  How does this speak to the importance of applying God's Word in our daily lives?
  13. What is your personal take away from Mark 1:1-11?  In what way are you going to apply what you have learned?

Weekly Study Questions

Romans 6, "Sanctification"

  1. What is the difference between committing a sin and living in sin (Romans 6:2)?  Why is it important to know the difference?
  2. In what way does the power that raised Jesus from the dead enable us to walk in newness of life?  See Gal.2:20
  3. What does it mean that in Christ we have died to sin and are no longer slaves to it? Romans 6:1-7
  4. What does it mean to be dead to sin?  (Romans 6:11) Explain the difference being dead and alive physically?  Spiritually? 
  5. What does Romans 6:11 mean and what is it asking us to do? Why is this important in our living for and walking with God?
  6. What does it mean in Romans 6:12-13 "to present our members"?  What are these members and what would God have us do with them? Why?
  7. Answer Paul's question in Romans 6:15.
  8. Discuss how the prodigal's story in Luke 15:11-33 could be our story as children of God when we choose to willfully not walk in the truth of Romans 6?
  9. Explain the Father's actions in Luke 15:11-32 with what we know about God in Titus 3:3-7; John 1:9; others?
  10. In what ways does sin separate us from the Father just as the prodigal's sin separated him from his father?  According to Romans 6 how can we avoid that separation and be holy and set apart for God?  see John 1:9.
  11. In what way does the older brother's response help us understand the difference between performance(works) and grace?
  12. What have you learned and how are you going to apply it?

Weekly Study Questions

Titus 3:4-7, "Salvation"

  1. In verse 4 Paul writes "when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us...".  What is Paul referring to?  Where in scripture is this appearing revealed?  How do we know with certainty that our salvation is grounded in the love and kindness of God?  Why is it important we know this?
  2. In light of your answers in question 1, in what way should the truth we find in verse 4 inform how we do evangelism?  Take a moment to look at John 3:16 – 21 and fold what you find there into your answer.
  3. According to verse 5 who saved us, and what did not save us? Why is this important to know especially in regard to a common fear of one being able to "loose their salvation"?  If you did not save you, how could you then un-save you?
  4. Notice that verse 4 through 7 are all one sentence.  In what way is this significant in helping us understand the full wonder and power of the salvation that is found in Jesus?  In what way have you experienced what is described in verses 4-7?
  5. It is suggested by theologians that Titus 3:4-8 is a tremendous summary of Soteriology – which is the study of the doctrine of salvation.  Identify the elements that are involved in this work of salvation God accomplished for us in Christ Jesus and why are they important?  (I.e. mercy, grace, regeneration, justification,…)
  6. In what way is the Holy Spirit involved in our salvation?  What does it mean that "He was poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior"?  How does this connect with "the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit"?
  7. Take a moment and compare each of the following passages of scripture with Titus 3:4-7.  In what way are they similar and in what way do they give us additional information that helps us more fully understand the salvation that is offered by faith in Jesus?

    Ephesians 2:8,9 –
    Romans 10:9-13 -
    Acts 4:12 (John 14:6)-
    John 3:16-17-
    1 John 5:11-13-
    Luke 24:40-43-
    John 1:12-13 -
    Others?

  8. What have you learned? What one thing about salvation do you now have a clearer understanding of?  Why is it important you know what you now know, and what are you going to do with it?  What difference is it going to make?

Weekly Study Questions

Romans 3:21-26, "Justification"

  1. If we are to truly understand the Doctrine of Justification what is it that we have to know about the heart of God, the Holiness of God, and the nature of sin? Heart - John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9; Romans 5: 6,8-9; 1 John 4: 17-19.  Holiness - Lev. 11:44; Lev. 19:2; 1 Peter 1:16.  Sin – Romans 3: 1- 20, 23; Romans 6: 23; 1 John 3:4.
  2. In what way is sin demand for justice and a judgement of death valid?  Why is it important that we know and agree with that personally?
  3. Justification is God declaring that we are righteous.  Given that God is holy and righteous, and sin embodies everything contrary to the very nature of God.  Literally that sin is a crime against God.  According to Romans 3: 21 – 25; Romans 5:5-9 how does God deal with sin in a way that satisfies His holiness and still satisfies the righteous demands of sin?
  4. What does it mean that we have been justified by a gift of God's grace in Romans 3: 24 –25?  According to Romans 3:24 –25, 5:8-9 what did it cost God to give the gift?  Why is this important in light of Ephesians 2: 8,9; Titus 3: 5-6?
  5. According to 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Romans 5: 18-19 we are declared righteous and given the righteousness of God.  What does that mean and what are the ramifications of this truth for the whole of your life?
  6. According to Romans 5:1 how do we lay hold of the offer of Justification?  How does this fit with Romans 6:23 and Ephesians 2: 8,9?
  7. What does it mean in Romans 5:1 that "having been justified by faith, we have peace with God".  What is this peace?  Discuss this peace in relation to God's nature and the nature of sin.
  8. In light of what we have learned about Justification.  If someone where to ask who is more righteous, Jesus or a "born again" believer, why would the right answer according to Scripture be "both"?
  9. Why is it important that we know the truth about what God has done for us through His work of Justification?
  10. In what way does God's work of Justification speak to who I am and what I have in Jesus? What God thinks about me, even when I fall short?  In what way does this give you confidence and security?
  11. What have you personally learned?
  12. How are you going to allow the truth found in the Doctrine of Justification to transform your life?  What are you going to do with what you now know?

Weekly Study Questions

Revelation 22:10-17, "Finish Line"

  1. What does it mean that Jesus is coming quickly?  Why is it important that we know this and live like it? Check out 2 Peter 3: 3-9.
  2. What do you think the reward is that is referred to in verse 12? Why is it that we are reminded that there is reward? Who is it that receives the reward? Cross Reference 1 Cor. 3: 10 – 15.
  3. What does it mean that Jesus will render to every man according to what he has done?  How does this fit with the gospel that rests on grace and not good works (Eph. 2: 8,9; Titus 3: 5,6). Discuss this verse in light of Matthew 24:14 – 30.
  4. What does it mean that Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the first, the last, the beginning and the end? Compare this with what is revealed in John 1:1-5; 2 Peter 3:5-7.
  5. What does it mean in verse 14 to wash your robes? Check out Rev. 7:14.  Why is this a blessing? In what way does this washing give us the right to the tree of life and to enter the gates of the city? What is this city?
  6. What is the invitation given in verse 17? In what way, given this is a book that reveals the judgment of God, does this invitation reveal the heart of God? Consider this in light of John 3:16; Isa. 55:1; 2 Peter 3:9.
  7. What have you learned and how would you apply it personally this coming week?

Weekly Study Questions

1 Peter 5:6-11, "Counsel for a New Year"

  1. What does it mean that God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble (vs. 5)? Why is it important that we know this especially in regard to the counsel given in verse 6?
  2. What does it mean to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God?  How does one "humble themselves"? How does this fit with verse 5?
  3. Is humbling ourselves a prerequisite for being exalted by God?  Explain?  What does it mean to be exalted at the proper time?
  4. In what way is casting our anxiety on Him connected with humbling ourselves under the mighty hand of God? What does it mean to cast our anxieties on Him? Why is the "all" important in verse 7?
  5. In what way, does this invitation by God to cast all our anxieties on Him demonstrate that He truly cares about us? Why is it important that we know God cares for each of us?  Cross Reference Matthew 6.
  6. What does it mean to be of sober spirit and alert? Why is it important that we obey this command in light of verse 8? 
  7. Why is it important that we know that we have an "adversary", and that adversary is the devil? What is an adversary?
  8. What does it mean that the devil "prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour"? Who would those "someone's" be? What can we learn about the devil and his strategy to devour us from the way a lion hunts?
  9. What does it mean to "resist" the devil? How do we actually do that?  In what way is this resistance connected with "humbling ourselves under the mighty hand of God"?
  10. In what way does the "suffering" described in verses 9 and 10 fit with "humbling ourselves..." in verse 6? In what way could this suffering challenge us to leave our place under the hand of God?
  11. What does God promise to each of us "after you have suffered for a little while..."? What is it that God promises to do and why is that important in God's plan for our lives?
  12. In what way have you, or do you intend to respond to the counsel God has given to you in this passage as you enter 2017?