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? 

Weekly Study Questions

Galatians 4:4-7, "In the Fullness of Time"

  1. What does the phrase "in the fullness of time" mean as Paul uses it regarding the coming of Jesus?  Discuss this phrase in light of Matthew 1:22.
  2. If time is a way of indicating change, then what kind of change according to Galatians 3: 23 did this coming of Jesus usher in?  What changed?  What/who was our tutor before Jesus and why do we no longer need that tutor?
  3. What does it mean that "God sent forth His Son" in the fullness of time?  In what way was the Son involved in this sending and coming? Check out John 1:1-5,14; 3:16; Phil. 2:6-11.  Why is the Son's involvement important?
  4. What does it mean that God's Son would be born of a woman under the law?  How does this fit with Matt. 1:18-23; Luke 1:26-33.  Why is this important?
  5. Paul tells us that God's Son came to redeem those who were under the law.  What does it mean to be under the law and why is there a need for redemption? 
  6. In what way, does being redeemed by the Son make it possible to be adopted as a son?  In what way, if at all is this connected with what we find in Galatians 3: 21-26?  How do I personally lay hold of this redemption God is offering through His Son?
  7. Notice that throughout this passage "might" is used a number of times.  "Might redeem"? "Might receive the adoption"?  What does "might" mean in this context?  Why "might"?
  8. What does it mean that God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts?  Why is this important?  What does it indicate? 
  9. What does it mean that God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying "Abba Father"(!)?
  10. What does it practically mean when one goes from being a slave to a son, and then a son to an heir?  Why is it so important that we understand who we are and what we have been given in Jesus?
  11. What have you learned from this passage and how do you intend to apply what you have learned over the next few weeks?

Weekly Study Questions

Galatians 6:1-10, "Four Things God Wants to be True of You"

  1. What does it mean to be caught in a trespass? What is a trespass?
  2. What is a believer to do with one who is caught in a trespass and how are they to do it? What does it mean to restore such a one and what would that look like?
  3. What is Paul's warning to a "Restorer"?  Why is this warning important?
  4. What does it mean to bear one another's burdens?  What does it look like in practical terms when we attempt to do this?  What are some of these possible burdens?
  5. In what way does bearing one another's burdens fulfill the law of Christ? What is the law of Christ?  See Matt. 22:39; Phil. 2:1-5; Luke 10:25-37; others...
  6. What is Paul's warning to the one who would bear another's burdens?
  7. What does it mean "that each one will bear his own load"?  What does that have to do with our ability to help someone else bear their burden?  What does it have to say to each one's responsibility to bear their own load?
  8. What does it mean to "share all good things" with the one who "teaches them"?  What are these good things?  Who are these teachers?  Does the truth of verses 7and 8 establish a principle that extends beyond just sharing with teachers?  In what way(s)?
  9. What is Paul's warning to the one who shares?  Considering the context, in what way can we be deceived and ultimately mock God? What does it mean to mock God?
  10. In what way(s) is our sharing connected with sowing, and what does it mean to sow in the Spirit as opposed to sowing to the flesh?
  11. What is the "doing good" Paul is talking about here?  What does it mean to do good at every opportunity?  To whom? Is there a priority concerning our doing good and if so, why?
  12. What does it mean to "lose heart"?  In what way can we lose heart in "doing good"?  How are we to avoid losing heart and growing weary of doing good? (1 Cor. 15:58)
  13. Clearly God wants each of us as followers of Jesus to be restorers, bearers, sharers, and ones who do good (do gooders).  Which of these characteristics do you already have strengths in, and which ones would you like to more fully develop in your own life?  How would you do that?
  14. What do you plan to do with the Spirits help in the coming weeks to more fully apply what you have learned in this passage of Scripture?

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Romans 11:33 - 12:2, "Entirely Reasonable"

  1. What does it mean in Romans 11:36 that all things are from Him, through Him, and to Him?  How does this fit with verses 33-35 to form a perspective by which we can view and understand life?  The world?
  2. In what way is Paul's exhortation to give ourselves fully to God entirely reasonable based upon Romans 11:33-36?  Why is it reasonable?
  3. What does it mean that our sacrifice is acceptable to God and that He is well-pleased to receive it?  What makes it acceptable? Why is it important that I understand that God wants me to give myself fully to Him and that He is "on record" as being ready to receive it?
  4. Paul makes it clear that I can respond to God's invitation to give myself as a living sacrifice.  What are some possible reasons why a person may choose to not respond to God's invitation?  What would these reasons reveal about their understanding of God and what He wants for them?  Why is it important that we are aware of these possible reasons and the implications they have for our life and the lives of others?
  5. What does it mean to be conformed to this world?  What would it look like if a believer was living in a way that was not conformed to world (this present age)?  Check out Romans 6:12-13; 1 John 2: 15,16.
  6. What does it mean to be transformed by the renewing of your mind?  In what way, does transformation address the issue of conformity to the world?  Is the transformation and conformity commanded here mutually exclusive?  Explain?
  7. What does it mean to renew our minds, and how does one go about doing that?
  8. In what way, does transformation prove what the will of God is?  In your own personal walk with Jesus?  Where are you personally in the process of not conforming, and transforming – of offering yourself as a living sacrifice to God?
  9. Is there anything that is preventing, or making it difficult to give yourself fully to God as outlined in Romans 12:1,2?  What do you plan to do about addressing these difficulties?
  10. What have you learned and what are you going to do this coming week with what you have learned?