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?