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?