Weekly Study Questions

Mark 6:30 - 44, "The Challenge"

  1. In what way does Mark reveal who Jesus is through the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand? Who is He? 
  2. In what way does the feeding of the five thousand reveal who the disciples are, and by extension who we are in the service of our Lord?  Why does that matter today?
  3. In verse 34 it says that Jesus felt compassion for them "because they were like sheep without a shepherd".  What does that mean and why is it important in understanding the heart of God?  Is this still true of people today?
  4.  Why did Jesus ask the disciples to do the seemingly impossible work of feeding the multitude?  What was their response?  What would your response have been?
  5. Why do you think Jesus was not interested in what they did not have, or what they could not do, but rather what they did have and what they could do?
  6. What could they do and what did they have?  Why was it important that they give it to Jesus?
  7. What did the disciples learn about giving their not enough to Jesus and then seeing Jesus make it enough? Why was that an important lesson for the future ministry of the disciples?  For our service for Jesus today?
  8. Why were there 12 baskets of leftover, one for each disciple?  What did Jesus want the disciples to know?  In what way did knowing this equip them for future ministry?
  9. In what way was this miracle not so much for the multitude but for the disciples? 
  10. What was it that Jesus wanted the disciples to understand about the ministry He was calling them to, and their inability to do it in their own power?
  11. Please discuss this passage in relation to Phil. 4:13; Hebrews 11:6, and 2 Cor. 8:12.  In what way does Mark's account of the feeding of the five thousand illustrate the truth found in the previous verses? 
  12. How would God have the truth of these verses manifested in our lives?
  13. What have you learned and what are you going to do with what you have learned?

Weekly Study Questions

Mark 6:14 - 29, "Answering the Question"

  1. How does the account of John the Baptist execution in this passage fit with Mark's purpose of helping us understand who Jesus is?
  2. According to verse 14 what is the actual question people are attempting to answer?
  3. In what way does asking and answering the wrong question keep us from really coming to terms with who Jesus is? 
  4. What is the right question they should be asking if they really want to know the reason for this miraculous manifestation of power?  What is that question and how would Mark have them answer it?
  5. How does this passage help us understand who Jesus is and isn't?  Why is that important?
  6. In what way does this passage help us understand the way people can make decisions concerning Jesus based upon incomplete or erroneous information?  In what way is that true today?  Why is Scripture (Bible) the source we should go to if we really want to know who Jesus is?
  7. In Mark's day who did the people think Jesus was?  Why do you think they thought that?  In what way does what people think and say about Jesus influence our understanding of who Jesus is? Then and now?
  8. In what way does Herod's personal experiences shape his understanding of who Jesus is?  In what way do personal experiences, both good and bad, shape our understanding of who Jesus is?  Of accepting who He is?
  9. What can we learn from this passage about the power of peer pressure?  Why is it important that we understand that power when it comes to making our own decisions concerning Jesus?
  10. What have you learned from this passage and in what way are you going to apply it in your own life?

Weekly Study Questions

Mark 4:35-41, "Fear and Faith"

  1. In what way does the fierce storm make the disciples acutely aware of their need for Jesus?  How does crisis still do that in our lives today?
  2. Notice it was Jesus who requested to cross to the other side that set up the opportunity for crisis and miracle.  What would you say to someone who would say of this account that Jesus was "setting His disciples up for failure"?
  3.  In what way does God orchestrate events today and for what purpose?  What does He want us to really know? 
  4.  In what ways do we have the opportunity (like the disciples ) to encounter "who Jesus really is" in everyday experiences?  Explain? 
  5. When in your own experience has this happened?  What did you personally learn about Jesus (and yourself) through that experience and how has that "knowing" impacted your life?
  6.  In what way did the life experience strengthen your faith?  Challenge your faith?
  7. What is the difference between exercising faith in Jesus in the "no big deal" times of life and the "big deal" times of life?  Why is that?  What part does fear play in these times?
  8. What was the underlying assumption of the disciple’s question to Jesus in verse 38?  Why is this question more than just a question but also an accusation?  What is it accusing Jesus of?
  9.  In what ways as we experience circumstances and crisis in our own lives are we tempted to question Jesus in the same way?  What does that reveal about our understanding and confidence in who Jesus is?  How does fear connect with doubt and undermine our faith?
  10. In what way does Jesus question to His disciples "Why are you afraid?  Do you still have no faith?" point up the true nature of this moment of crisis for the disciples?
  11. How does this account help us understand how faith challenges fear, and fear challenges faith? Why is it important that we know this very important truth?
  12. Can fear and faith co-exist?  How?  Include in your answer the fact that the disciples did ultimately go to Jesus for help?
  13. According to verse 40 Jesus said they had "no faith".  When does "little" faith become "no" faith? Is there a difference, and what is it?
  14. What would this account have looked like if the disciples would have had the faith Jesus spoke about?  In what ways would it have been the same? Different?
  15. Why is the question the disciples ask each other in verse 41 so amazing in light of the fact that they have been with Jesus for more than a year?  How does that speak to our continued growth and understanding of "who Jesus really is"?
  16. What are your fears that challenge your faith?  In what way is Jesus giving you opportunity to know who He really is, address your fears, and live in faith in Him?
  17. How are you going to apply what God has revealed to you through this passage?

Weekly Study Questions

Mark 4:21-34, "'Our Part' & 'God's Part'"

  1. In what way does verses 21 – 25 help us to understand our part in receiving and responding to the Word of God as represented in the parable of the seed and the soils?
  2. Why does Jesus use a parable of a lamp to explain the soils parable?  What is He explaining and why is it important that we "get it"?
  3. In what way does light and having light produce responsibility to respond to what it reveals?  Check out John 3:16 – 21.
  4. What does it mean in verse 24 when Jesus says, "Take care what you listen to..."?  Why the caution?  Why is it important that we take this caution seriously?  How does this phrase fit with the rest of what Jesus is saying in verse 25?
  5. Why is Jesus caution to "take care what you listen to..." still applicable and important today?  In what ways does Jesus instruction in verse 24-25 speak to the realities that we as believers routinely experience today?  What do we have to lose? What do we have to gain?
  6. What does it mean "by your standard of measure it will be measured to you"?  Is this absolute or is it being applied in some more specific and limited way?  Explain?
  7. In light of the text in Mark 4, what does it mean that "more shall be given" to those who already have?  Who are these who have?  Have what? Given what?
  8. In what way does verses 26 – 29, Jesus parable of the seed help us understand the sovereignty of God and the power resident in His word? 
  9. In what way does the parable of the seed contrast the power of God and the power of man? Why is it important that we understand and accept this when it comes to doing our part and God doing His part?  What does our life tend to look like when we don't get this truth?
  10. What is Jesus referring to when He says, "the kingdom of God"?
  11. What can (do) we learn about the kingdom of God from the parable of the seed in (verses 26-29)?
  12. In what way(s) is the parable of the Mustard Seed a picture of the kingdom of God?  What does it reveal about that kingdom?  P
  13. What have learned about the things we are called to do and the things only God can do?  What are they? 
  14. How are you going to respond this week to the things you are called by God to do?

Weekly Study Questions

Mark 4:1-20, "Faithfulness - A Thorny Issue"

  1. In what way does Mark 4:1-20 fit, and further explain Jesus warning found in Mark 3:20-29?
  2. How does the attitude of our hearts affect the way that we hear and ultimately receive or not receive the Word of God?  Notice Jesus emphasis upon listening and hearing.
  3. In what ways are the soils Jesus talks about in this passage still present today in the lives of people? In our lives?  Why is it important that we understand this reality and in what way(s) does the truth revealed here inform our efforts in evangelism (as sowers) and discipleship (as good soil)?
  4. What is spiritual fruit and this fruitfulness that Jesus says is a result of receiving the word? Start with faith in Romans 10:17:  Gal. 5:16-25; 2 Tim. 3:16-17.
  5. In what way is spiritual fruitfulness an indicator of who we now are in Christ Jesus?  See 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 2:20; Matt.7:16-18; Matt.1`5:18,19.
  6. What does it mean in Matt.3:8 that our fruit should be in keeping with our repentance?  In what way does John's words apply and give us further insight into this passage?
  7. Given that the seed is sown in good soil and produces fruit abundantly (30-60-100) how do we keep the soil of our lives good? Is there levels of fruitfulness, and if so, why is that?
  8. In what ways can the dangers present in the other three "bad" soils threaten and reduce the fruitfulness of the good soil?
  9. Why is it important to God that we bear fruit?  1 John 15: 1-16, esp. vs. 8 & 16
  10. In what way has this parable spoken to you?  What would God have you take away from this passage as a "sower" and as a "soil"?
  11. In what way(s) are you going to apply what God has shown you?

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?