Psalm 23 Sermon Questions

The Sufficient Shepherd

  1. Why was David’s declaration in v.1 so important? (Spend some time here, this is very important)
    1. Think deeply on the self sufficiency of God. 
    2. Discuss Boice’s quote – “This means that God needs nothing. He needs no wisdom from anyone else; he has all wisdom in himself. He needs no power; he is all-powerful. He does not need to be worshiped or helped or served. Nor is he accountable to anyone. He answers only to himself.” 
    3. Discuss Paul’s words found in Acts 17:24-29.
  2. Why is the self-sufficiency of the Lord important when thinking of him as your shepherd? 
  3. What three ways did David delight in knowing that the self-sufficient Lord was his shepherd? 
    1. Presence – Discuss the fact that the Lord is “with” us. 
    2. Path – Discuss the significance of the rod and staff in keeping the sheep on track.  
    3. Provision – Discuss how it is possible to declare that “my cup overflows” even in the presence of one’s enemies (Rom. 8:28-30)
  4. What are three days God is “shepherding” us today? 
    1. Through His Word – 2 Tim. 3:16-18.
    2. Through His Workers – Titus 1:5, 10-11; 1 Peter 5:1-4 [elders as examples to the flock]
    3. Through His World – Rom. 8:28-30; John 14:25-27 [the Holy Spirit is with us now!]

Psalm 22 Sermon Questions

Secure in Suffering

  1. What seems to be David’s greatest concern in this Psalm?
    1. God seems to be far from him (vv.1,11, &19).
  2. How does David temper his despair? 
    1. He remembers the faithfulness of God (vv.3-5 & 9-10).
  3. What is the turning point of this Psalm? 
  4. What does David say he will do once God has rescued him? 
  5. Who are the three groups who will hear of God’s goodness? 
    1. V.22 – “Brothers.” 
    2. V. 27 – “The ends of the earth.”
    3. V.31 – The “unborn.” 
  6. How can you see this Psalm is really about Jesus? 
  7. In what New Testament verses do you see similarities? 
  8. In what ways does this Psalm help you remain secure in times of suffering? 
  9. As a “peculiar person” what are we encouraged to do in our suffering?
    1. Remember God’s faithfulness (vv..3-5)
    2. Delight in God’s presence (vv.19-21)
    3. Proclaim God’s goodness (vv.22-31)

Mark 10:28-31 Sermon Questions

Losses and Gains: What Really Matters?

  1. Why does Peter seem upset?
  2. How are you tempted to compare your spiritual life to others? 
  3. What does Jesus’ response reveal about the life of a Christian? 
  4. When these things are left for His sake and for the gospel what is promised? What does this mean? 
  5. Receiving “a hundredfold” does not mean earthly prosperity. Why do we know this is true? 
  6. The child of God is promised what three things? Loss, persecution, eternal life. 
  7. What does v. 31 mean? Do you see this in your everyday life? How can you look to Christ for help in this area? 

2 Corinthians 4:3-6 Sermon Questions

The Sufficiency of Scripture in Evangelism

  1. What should be the source of all evangelism? 
  2. What is the purpose of gospel ministry? 
  3. According to 2 Cor. 2:15-16, who is the gospel attractive to?
  4. What is the problem we have been commissioned to solve? (v.4)
  5. How are we equipped to eradicate blindness to the glory of Christ? 
  6. What should be at the center in all areas of ministry? 
  7. If scripture is sufficient in evangelism then what are we to share with the world? 

Mark 10:1-12 Sermon Questions

Marriage is Serious

  1. Why did the Pharisees come to see Jesus? 
  2. How was their behavior similar to Jesus’ interaction with Satan in the wilderness? 
  3. How do we see the word of God being “tested” today? 
  4. How did Jesus answer the Pharisees? 
  5. What can we learn from Jesus’ response to his objectors?
  6. Jesus does not answer the Pharisee’s question directly but he points them to the importance of biblical marriage. Why is this important? 
  7. What are the key components that Jesus points out about marriage in vv.6-9? 
  8. Can marriage exist between any couple other than a male and female?
  9. Does the “oneness” mentioned in verse 8 exist in any other creatures union? What is significant about this? 
  10. What does the word covenant mean? How is a covenant different from a contract? 
  11. If God is the originator of a marriage union how does it make sense that we could break it? 
  12. How is Christ the perfect companion, what does marriage display, and discuss why it is so important? 

Mark 9:42-50 Sermon Questions

This is Serious

  1. Who is Jesus referring to as “little ones?”
  2. Why does this warrant such a severe punishment? 
  3. What are some ways you see others being led to sin today?
  4. How is this seen as a warning and an encouragement to those who are in Christ?
  5. Why does Jesus mention hands, feet, and eyes in relation to sinning?
  6. Self mutilation is not the point of these verses, what is? 
  7. Discuss what this really means in the life of a Christian. 
    1. This will result in a life of sacrifice and discipline. 
    2. Discuss Paul’s approach to living this way. 
      1. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Rom 8:13)
      2. “I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” (1 Cor. 9:27)
  8. Why is it important to see that Jesus is warning his disciples about the reality of Hell? 
  9. What is the true proof of your salvation? 
    1. Perseverance – “My continual walk in the pathway of godliness and obedience.”
  10.  Is Hell a real place? 
  11. What is the significance of salt and fire in vv. 49-50? 
  12. Why does Jesus charge his disciples to “be at peace with one another?”
  13. What impact could this have on your life and witness for Christ sake?

Mark 9:30-41 Sermon Questions

The Acceptable Servant of the Lord

  1. An acceptable servant of the Lord knows that He is their source of peace, therefore, they can embrace earthly discomfort to see the gospel advance. (v. 31)
  1. An acceptable servant of the Lord sacrificially gives of themselves, not for earthly gain, but for the pleasure of the one they serve. (v. 37)
  1. An acceptable servant of the Lord charitably interacts with all who belong to Christ. (vv.40-41)

Mark 9:14-29 Sermon Questions

A Faith-filled Life is a Dependent Life

  1. Why were the scribes and disciples arguing? 
  2. What is one of Satan’s primary roles in creation? How is this displayed in the boy’s life? 
  3. What did the disciples inability to help the boy display? 
  4. Why had the disciples been able to cast out demons before, but now they were not able to help? 
  5. Are there areas of your spiritual life where you have become too comfortable, ritualistic, or complacent? 
  6. What does this way of living say about our relationship to God? 
  7. Are you truly able, of your own strength, to help anyone? 
  8. How does Jesus’ interaction with the Father shift his focus from the possibility of  “ Jesus’ divine inability to human unbelief?” 
  9. How does the father’s response, “I believe, help my unbelief” show his repentant dependence on the Lord?
  10. Do you feel this same tension in your life? 
  11. Are there areas of life where you are operating on “spiritual autopilot” rather than faith-filled dependence? Take some time to pray together that God would remind you of your need for his presence and power in all areas of life.
  12. Where do you see the gospel in this encounter? 

Mark 9:1-13 Sermon Questions

Encouragement and Confirmation on the Mountain

  1. Was Jesus statement in vs 1 fulfilled?
  2. Describe scene as described in Mark 9 and Luke 9? (went up to pray/fall asleep)
    Where else do we see this in scripture? What does it evidence about the disciples grasping of Gods plan and timing? Are we guilty of the same?
  3. What details are given to prove that Jesus appearance was an actual physical change?
  4. What is the significance of Elijah and Moses appearing? (Matt 5:17)
  5. What were Elijah and Moses talking with Jesus about? (Luke 9:37)
  6. When/why did Peter offer to build tents? (Mark 9:6 Luke 9:33)
  7. What is significance of cloud? Where else is this found in scripture?
    (Ex 13:21, Ex 40:35, 1 Kings 8:10-11, 2 Chron 7:1, Ezek 10:4, 18, 19, Ezek 11:22-25)
  8. What new declaration is given from the cloud? (Heb 1:1-2, Duet 18:15)
  9. Why did Jesus instruct the disciples to tell no one?
  10. Why did rising from the dead confuse the disciples so?
  11. What is significance of Elijahs preemptive return?
  12. When did Elijah return and in what way? (Luke 1:17)
  13. How does this text give proof that Christ Jesus is the only one to place our hope and
    trust for salvation?

Mark 8:31-9:1 Sermon Questions

True Hope

  1. How has your hope been shaken in the past? 
  2. What are some earthly things you are drawn to place your hope in? 
  3. Why must Jesus face rejection, suffer, and be killed?
    1. Yes for our salvation, but more importantly, to fulfill the sovereign plan of God. (Isaiah 53; Acts 2:22-24; 4:27:28)
  4. Why was Jesus’ teaching in v.31 so hard for the disciples to comprehend? 
  5. Why did Peter respond the way that he did to Jesus prediction? 
  6. Have you ever felt that doing spiritual things was a waste of time only to later see the benefit?
    1. Examples: Keeping the Sabbath, daily scripture reading, family worship, prayer, etc. 
  7. Peter thought he knew better than the sovereign plan of God, why? 
    1. He allowed his experience and expectation to guide his thoughts. 
  8. Why does Jesus compare Peter to Satan? 
    1. How might your actions, thoughts, or words elicit the same response?
  9. Why must Jesus’ disciples deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow him?
  10. What purpose does Jesus give his followers to live and die for?  
    1. Him and the gospel. (8:35)
  11. Where is true hope found? (8:28-9:1)
    1. Living and dying in light of the resurrecting power of God in Christ, for his sake and for his gospel.

Mark 8:22-30 Sermon Questions

Now I Can See

  1. How do you know the declaration of those praising Jesus on Palm Sunday was short sighted?
  2. Why do you think the story of the blind man is not solely about Jesus restoring his sight?
    1. Context is king (Mk 8:18,21).
  3. How do you see compassion displayed in this story?
  4. What does it mean to beg? How can this translate into our personal prayer time? 
  5. What was unique about Jesus’ interaction with the blind man? 
    1. He asked him a question rather than declaring him healed. 
  6. The physical condition of the blind man is a picture of the spiritual condition of mankind. What are some passages of scripture that teach us about our spiritual blindness apart from the word of God. (Jn 3)
  7. When you were saved did you automatically understand everything about God and the Christian faith? How does Jesus’ interaction with the man display this reality? 
  8. What are some things about God that you “see more clearly” today than you did in the past? 
  9. When will you fully enjoy spiritual sight? (1 Cor 13:12)
  10. When Jesus asked the disciples “Who do people say that I am,” what did their answer reveal? 
  11. When Jesus asked his disciples “Who do you say that I am,” what did Peter’s answer reveal? 
  12. How does Jesus answer to Peter in Matthew 16 clarify how spiritual sight is experienced? 

Mark 8:1-21 Sermon Questions

The Compassion of Christ

  1. What similarities do you see in the scenes of our text today and those that come before it? 
  2. What are some biblical proofs that show us the feeding of 5000 and 4000 are different encounters? 
  3. How is Christ’s compassion seen in the feeding of the 4000?
  4. How is Christ’s compassion seen in his leaving the Pharisees? 
    1. Isaiah 59:1-2
  5. How is Christ’s compassion seen by his exposing the foolishness of the disciples? 
  6. How is it that mankind can see, hear, understand, and proclaim spiritual things? 
    1. Regeneration (to be born again) – look to Jesus’ interaction with Nicademus in John 3. 
      1. 1 Cor. 1:18
      2. Col. 2:13
      3. John 1:9-13

Mark 7:31-37 Sermon Questions

All Is Made Well

  1. What are the parallel sections in Mark? (Mk. 6:30-7:37 & Mk. 8:1-30)
  2. How do these conclude to show the deeper meaning of the section? (vv.27-30)
  3. What is the significance of Jesus’ return route to the region of the Sea of Galilee? 
  4. What was Jesus’ purpose? (John 17:4; 6)
  5. Where was Jesus’ place ?
  6. Who were Jesus’ people?
  7. What is meant by the phrase “the providence of God?”
    1. God the good Creator of all things, in his infinite power and wisdom, upholds, directs, arranges, and governs all creatures and things, from the greatest to the least, by his perfectly wise and holy providence, to the purpose for which they were created. He governs according to his infallible foreknowledge and the free and unchangeable counsel of his own will. His providence leads to the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, infinite goodness, and mercy. –London Baptist Confession of Faith, Section 5, Providence. 
  8. How is the providence of God seen in your purpose, place, and people? Give examples. 
  9. How should a proper understanding of God’s providence be lived out in the context of the Christian family?
  10. How can parents keep Christ in front of the children? 
    1. Gathered Worship and prayer (v.32)
  11. Why is the way Jesus heals the deaf man significant? 
  12. How does this point to Christ’s ability to meet the greatest spiritual need?
  13. What can we learn from the response of the people to Jesus’ healing power? (v.37)
  14. How should this lead us to think about God’s providence in our lives? 
  15. Discuss how we all have, regardless of the situation, the same purpose in life. Then share how the people in our lives are meant to bless and be a blessing to us as we are conformed to the image of Christ. 

Mark 7:24-30 Sermon Questions

Deliverance for All

  1. What does last week’s context have to do with this week’s story? 
    1. The Pharisees were concerned about purity laws, and here a very impure person comes to address Jesus. 
  2. Why is it important to read this account in both the gospel of Matthew and Mark? 
  3. What was the significance of Jesus going to the region of Tyre and Sidon?
    1. His focus moved from the chosen, holy, treasured Jews to include the Gentiles. 
    2. This is a picture of the fulfillment of the Great Commission. 
  4. What was the significance of the woman coming to Jesus? 
    1. She was a woman, Gentile, who came on behalf of her daughter, who was possessed by an unclean spirit. 
  5. Why do you think Jesus ignored the woman? 
  6. How does Jesus’s response to the disciples in Matt. 24 show his dedication to the work of the Father? 
  7. Why does Jesus answer the woman in the way that he does? 
  8. What does the woman’s response to Jesus show about her heart? 
  9. How do we, like the woman, come to terms with the severity of our situation? 
    1. Sin is harmful to us (Is. 59:2)
    2. Sin is harmful to others (2 Sam. 11)
  10. Christ came to offer deliverance to all. What must we do to experience the deliverance that he offers? 
  11. Does this deliverance affect us now, or is the salvation that he provides only to be enjoyed after we die? 

* Oftentimes we get caught up in the mystical elements of a Biblical narrative. In this story don’t spend any time thinking about the nature of the daughter’s demon possession. The mother came to see her daughter delivered, but Christ came to provide a much greater deliverance for all who will place their faith in him. Focus on him!

Mark 7:1-23 Sermon Questions

Truly Clean

  1. Is hypocrisy an issue in the church today? In what ways?
  2. What were the Pharisees and the Scribes pointing out in disciples? 
  3. Why was the act of washing one’s hands so important?
  4. Are religious practices inherently wrong? 
  5. How should our religious practices relate to Scripture?
  6. What does Jesus show he is most concerned with in v.6? 
  7. What is the “tendency of man” based on the statement Jesus repeats in vv.8-13?
  8. What example does Jesus give to clarify his statement? (vv.10-13)
  9. Which of the Ten Commandments were they breaking by keeping this tradition? 
  10. In vv.14-23 what is Jesus’s point? 
    1. Rom. 3:23 – “[A]ll have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
  11. What does “propitiation” mean? 
    1. Answer – A sacrifice that bears God’s wrath and turns it to favor.
    2. Kevin Deyoung, “Propitiation is used in the New Testament to describe the pacifying, placating, or appeasing of God’s wrath.”
    3. Ligon Duncan, “[T]hough God is a God of infinite love, he does not show mercy at the expense of his justice, so propitiation is the way that the loving God shows us mercy justly. In the Bible, propitiation is not something that we provide to God to get right with him again; it is something that God provides to us that we may be justly and mercifully forgiven and accepted, and he does this at his own expense through the loving gift of his Son, Jesus Christ.
  12. Why is propitiation important in light of what Jesus teaches in Mark 7:1-23?
    1. 1 John 2:1-3
    2. Heb. 10:19-23
  13. What are some ways hypocrisy has crept into your life? How has the work of Christ “cleansed” you?

Mark 6:53-56 & John 6:25-35 Sermon Questions

Jesus is Greater

  1. Why did Jesus share the bread of life discourse with the crowd? 
    1. To declare that he was the source of eternal life. 
  2. What was the crowds main concern?
  3. How did Jesus turn their question to address the greater issue? 
  4. What frustrated the crowd about Jesus’s call to believe in John 6:29?
    1. They were focused on their ability to do religious works. They desired a task they could accomplish rather than the work Christ came to accomplish. 
  5. What are some passages of scripture that speak to the works of man not being enough. 
    1. Rm. 3:21-25, Gal. 2:16
  6. Talk through how John uses the words “believe” and “obey” as synonyms in John 3:36?
  7. Talk through the details of John 6:35. Discuss how Jesus’s sufficiency and our satisfaction are revealed in his claim. 
  8. Discuss what it means to “come into” in Christ. 

Mark 6:14-29 Sermon Questions

  1. What part did conscience play in Herod Antipas’
    relationship with John the Baptist?
  2. Is there a tendency in your own relationships to be
    reluctant to speak or hear the truth out of the fear of how others
    and/or you yourself may respond?
  3. Have there been times in your life as a follower of
    Christ where you have stubbornly held on to a “vow” in spite of
    knowing it was the wrong thing to do?

2 Timothy 1:1-2:2 Follow up

Entrust

  1. What is the vision of FBC MtP?
  2. What are the three Es of the mission of FBC MtP?
  3. Why was Paul not ashamed in the gospel and in his suffering? (v.12)
  4. Who, according to Paul, is guarding the gospel? (v.13)
  5. What does Paul encourage Timothy to do with this gospel? Follow (v.13) and guard (v.14). 
  6. What was Timothy to be strengthened by?
  7. What was Timothy to entrust to faithful men? 
  8. How do we follow and guard the gospel today? 
  9. How do we entrust that which we follow and guard to faithful people in the church? 
  10. What does it mean to be faithful? Who should be pursuing faithfulness? 
  11. When you have been entrusted with the gospel, what should you do then? 

Ephesians 4:1-16 Follow-up

Equip

  1. What is the vision of FBC Mt. Pleasant? 
  2. How do we plan, Lord willing, to carry this out?
  3. Why is unity so important in a church? 
  4. How can a lack of unity hinder believers being equipped for the work of ministry?
  5. Are the roles of apostle/prophet in existence today? Give scriptural evidence as to your answer.
  6. What is the most important ministry in a church? 
  7. What ways are we to be maturing until Christ returns? Unity and Knowledge. 
  8. How is our maturing part of God’s plan for our lives? See Romans 8:29.
  9. What are the corporate blessings we all enjoy as we are being equipped? Stability (v.14), Speaking the truth in love (v.15), Supported and sustained in Christ (v.16). 

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 Follow-up

Engage

  1. What is the vision statement of FBC MtP? 
  2. By God’s grace, how do we plan to accomplish this vision?
  3. How did Paul engage the citizens in Corinth? 
  4. When was he with the citizens in Corinth? 
  5. What was his message solely focused upon? 
  6. Why didn’t Paul use other ideologies, philosophies, or strategies to convenience the Corinthians of the gospel? 

Isaiah 55 Follow-up

Love

  1. Discuss the context of Isaiah 55. 
  • Isaiah 53 – Prophecy about the coming Messiah. 
  • Isaiah 54 – Prophecy about the far reaching blessings associated with the coming Messiah.
  • Isaiah 55 – Prophecy inviting all who will come to enjoy the loving, compassionate, pardon of the Messiah. 
  1. Why is it important to understand verses eight and nine before thinking through verses one through five? 
  • We tend to project our natural expectations about who God is onto him instead of fighting to let the Bible surprise us into what God himself says he is.” – Dane Ortlund 
  1. What is the Davidic Covenant? Where in scripture can you find an explanation of this covenant? 
  • 1 Samuel 7:8,16
  1. In verse one, why is the same invitation issued to the thirsty and broke as well as the feed and flourishing?
  2. According to verses ten and eleven, why is it important to “listen diligently” to the word of the Lord? 
  3. In John 1, who is John referring to as “the Word” in the first five verses?
  4. The main point of Isaiah 55 is “the love of God in Christ invites all to come and experience his compassion and pardon.” What are some ways you saw this in the chapter? 
  • The number of inviting verbs in the first three verses. 
  • The invitation to “hear, that your soul may live.”
  • The picture of the New Jerusalem given in verses twelve and thirteen (ie. joy and peace). 
  1. Recommend that your Life Group read Gentle and Lowly, by Dane Ortlund. 

Mark 6:1-13 Follow- up

The Extraordinary from the Ordinary

  1. Due to their familiarity with Jesus, the people of Nazareth had a hard time believing who he was. What reasons did they list as obstacles to their belief? 
  2. By referencing Jesus as “the son of Mary” the crowd was showing the depth of their unbelief. What did this reference call into question?
  3. The ordinariness of Jesus was not enough for the people of Nazareth, they expected more from a savior. How has your familiarity with the ordinary means of grace (preaching, praying, and sacrament) caused you to look for more?  Are you content or growing in contempt with the simplicity of the things of God? 
  4. Up to this point how had Jesus experienced the rejection he spoke of in verse 4?
  5. The people’s contempt led to unbelief which led to an absence of the work of God. Could this be true in the Western Church today? What are some ways we could be in danger of this ourselves? 
  6. Jesus sent his disciples out in pairs to protect their witness. Do we still need this type of protection today? If left to ourselves we can believe anything, but when there are others to hold us accountable the truth can be protected. Do you have people in your life who keep the truth of God’s word in front of you… even when it is hard? 
  7. The disciples were sent out to proclaim the message of God, in the authority of Christ, by the ordinary means that he prescribed. Are we faithful to do the same? Are we content with the promise that ordinary preaching, ordinary prayers, and ordinary bread and wine will accomplish extraordinary things?

Mark 5:21-43 Follow-up

Deliverance Comes From Faith of All Sizes

  1. Name some of the similarities between the story of Jairus and that of the bleeding woman. 
  2. Like Jairus and the bleeding woman, how has desperation led you to pursue Jesus?
  3. Has your pursuit of Jesus been by faith or by your desire to merely “fix” your situation? 
  4. Can you see how Jairus and the woman didn’t possess great faith, but Jesus still honored the faith they displayed? 
  5. By touching the bleeding woman and the dead girl (both unclean), Jesus showed his willingness to take on death so they might have life. 
  6. Take some time in your Life Group to talk about the components of the gospel (Jesus’ perfect life, cruel death, and resurrection). Don’t assume everyone in your group has a good understanding of the truths of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. 

Mark 5:1-20 Follow-up

The Authority to Give Freedom 

  1. Where in this story do you see the depths of uncleanliness being revealed? 
  2. Why was dealing with uncleanliness such a priority in Jewish culture?
  3. What was the first display of Jesus’ power over the demonized man? How had the people tried to control the demonized man up to this point? 
  4. Satan and his legions have come to steal, kill, and destroy, how had they done that in the life of the demonized man? In contrast, what did Jesus come to do?
  5. When the people saw that the man was sitting at Jesus’ feet, clothed, and in his right mind they were afraid, why do you think that was the case? 
  6. The word “beg” is seen several times in this story, what do you think the repetitive use of this word indicates? Why?
  7. When Jesus was about to leave the man asked to go with him, why did Jesus deny his request? 
  8. When was the last time you marveled at the mercy of God in Jesus? When is the last time you share the gospel so that someone else might marvel at his mercy? 
  9. What is the main point of this story in connection with all that we have learned in Mark up to now?

Mark 4:35-41 Follow-up

Faith That Only God Can…

  1. How did Jesus display his humanity and his trust in God during the storm? 
  2. What parallel stories or verses can you think of that display God’s authority over the natural order? 
  3. What did the apostles’ fear lead them to do? How does your fear affect you in similar ways? How do you combat this type of reaction to your fears?  
  4. By saying to the storm, “Peace! Be still!” what was Jesus displaying that he had the authority to do? 
  5. The apostles were more afraid of a supernatural God than they were of natural disasters. Does the omnipotence (ultimate power) of God lead you to fear or to rest? Explain why?  

Mark 4:1-34 Follow-up

Come Close to Christ (Part 3)

  1. Who was the sower in the first parable? 
  2. What was being sown? 
  3. According to the explanation given in vv.14-20, what were the three types of soil and who do they represent?
  4. The scribes and Pharisees didn’t believe anything significant could come from this small group of misfits, but the impact would be felt to the ends of the earthly. How do the parables of the lamp under a basket and the mustard seed help clarify the magnitude of the Kingdom of God.  
  5. In light of question 4, what then can we learn about the exponential impact of faithfulness to sowing the seed of God’s word?
  6. Verses eleven and twelve show the danger of someone hardening one’s heart to the gospel. Here we see Jesus speaking in parables as a way to show judgement and mercy to those who rejected him. Discuss how and why both are true. 
  7. What word is used repeatedly in these parables? Why is hearing so important to the follower of Christ? 
  8. What are three identifying characteristics of following Christ? 
    1. (1) Sow the seed of God’s word, (2) Submit to God’s sovereignty, and (3) Celebrate the harvest.

Mark 3:20, 21 & 31-35 Follow-up

Come Close to Christ (Part 2)

  1. What are some ways earthly success can compromise one’s focus on the mission of God? 
  2. What was the temptation Jesus had in the story today? 
  3. What is the mission of God?
  4. Jesus displays that there is no earthly connection that can guarantee one’s relationship with God. What are ways this can be confused today? 
  5. Did Mary fully understand who Jesus was? Are there other areas in scripture that support your position?
  6. As a member of the family of God we should take our roles in the church seriously, intentionally, and joyfully. What are some ways this can be lived out practically in the FBC Mt. Pleasant church family? 
  7. The cost of following Jesus is high; what joy it should bring knowing that he paid the greatest price of all on our behalf. Once we understand this, what should our natural reaction be? 

Mark 3:13-30 Follow-up

Come Close to Christ (Part 1)

  1. Within the kingdom of God there is purpose and a place for those who follow Christ. What does this mean? How does it apply to our lives today?
  2. What did Jesus model by going “up on the mountain?” Do you practice the discipline of being alone? What keeps you from doing so?
  3. When Jesus called the Apostles to follow him what were they invited to share in? (His presence, His message, and His authority) 
  4. What were the scribes confused about in relation to following Christ? 
    1. Think about the fact that if Jesus is who he says he is they would have to follow him, but if they could believe he is a worker of darkness they could reject him.
  5. What does it mean to blaspheme the Holy Spirit? 
  6. Can a Christian commit this eternal sin?
  7. If not, then what does this mean about a Christian’s assurance of salvation? 

Mark 2:13-3:13 Follow-up

Jesus, A Threat to the Norm

  1. How was Jesus’s authority contested by the Scribes and Pharisees?
  2. Who were the Scribes and Pharisees?  
  3. Why did they question him so? In what ways would their lives have to change if he is the Son of God?
  4. Why was it such a threat for Jesus to invite Levi to “follow him?”
  5. What does irresistible grace mean? What are some other passages of scripture that help you understand the work of God calling sinners to salvation? 
  6. The Pharisees had created laws to “protect” them from breaking the Law of God. What did this reveal about their hearts? 
    1. What is the danger of adding to the work that Jesus has completed?
    2. What is the underlying message Jesus is trying to communicate by referencing a wedding feast, a new piece of cloth, and new wine skins? 
  7. How did Jesus answer the Pharisee’s question about his disciples picking grain on the Sabbath? 
  8. What did Jesus mean when he said, “The Sabbath is made for man, not the man for the Sabbath?” What is the true importance of the Sabbath?  
  9. How do these verses reveal that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is an affront to the religious and irreligious alike?
  10. What does it mean to “follow” Jesus? Is it simply believing something, obeying something, or a combination of both? How does knowing Christ’s authority better help you answer this question?

Main Point – The gospel of Jesus Christ is an affront to the religious and the irreligious alike, but eternal life to those who will follow him.

Mark 2:1-12 Follow-up

True Healing

1. What was Jesus’ primary focus in ministry?

2. In the gospels, what are some ways Jesus deals with the crowds as they come to him?

3. What was significant about the faith of the paralytic’s friends?

4. Share how you are tenaciously and sacrificially keeping the gospel as the main priority of your life, and in the life of those who are close to you.

5. Why did Jesus deal with the paralytic’s sin before healing his physical condition?

6. Why were the Scribes upset about Jesus’ claim to forgive sins?7. Are there areas of your life where you have not allowed Jesus to “cut deep” so that you can experience true healing?

Psalm 21 Follow-up

Rejoice in the Lord

  1. What is it that the king rejoiced in from verse one? What are some things that you rejoice in today? Are these things accomplished in the strength of God, or are they in your own strength?
  2. How do you measure success? Is your definition of success in line with doing “God’s work God’s way?”
  3. What are some things that God has done in your life that you need to rejoice in? Take a moment and share testimonies.
  4. What does it mean to trust in something?
  5. Can you trust in something and not experience it? Think about a bridge. It is one thing to know about bridges, it is totally different to trust that a bridge will do what it is supposed to.
  6. What are some stories you can think of from scripture that display trust? (ex. Peter stepping out of the boat)
  7. How has God given you victory over sin? Think about the example given in verse twelve. Do you trust that God has given you certain and sure victory over the sin in your life?

Psalm 20 Follow-up

God Save the King

  1. What were the key themes in Psalm 20 that the people prayed for their King?
  2. Think of some ways those themes are seen in the blessings of salvation offered in Christ.
  3. David said, “Some trust in chariots and horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord.” What are some modern day “chariots and horses” you place your trust in?
  4. What is the ultimate outcome, according to v.8, to the earthly things we place our trust in? Give an example from your life.
  5. What does Federal Headship mean (Rom. 5:17-18)?
  6. What are some ways your life has been affected by those who were over you?
  7. How has God saved the king? How has he answered you when you call upon him? Have someone share their story of conversion in 5 minutes. Ask others how they know Christ answered them when they called.

Psalm 18 Follow-up

  1.  If you look back at your past, what causes you to rejoice?
  2. In what way(s) has God delivered you?
  3. How many verses in this Psalm are prophetically pointing to Christ? (take some time to read through this Psalm looking for those references)
  4. Why did this song become part of the Bible? … that is, why is this Psalm considered the Divine Revelation of God?
  5. How often do you cry out to God? Take some time to remember … and spend a couple minutes in a prayer of thanksgiving.
  6. If you were to write a song of Praise and Rejoicing to God, what would you write? In your own private times of worship, have you ever sang to God? Are you willing to do that this week (however informal it is) ?
  7. Describe your love for God. What is the evidence in your life that you truly love Him?

Psalm 19 Follow-up

God’s Own Revelation of Himself

  1. Has God ever revealed Himself to you generally through an experience you have had while enjoying the beauty of His creation? Describe the experience.
  2. What is the difference between God speaking in creation and God speaking through His Word?
  3. How is God speaking through His Word even more significant than Him speaking in nature?
  4. How should we respond to God’s revelation of Himself to us individually through His world and through His Word?

Psalm 17 Follow-up

The Basis of Confidence Before God

  1. In verses three through five, David appeals to his own righteousness as the reason the Lord should hear and answer his prayer. How can we be called righteous before God who is perfectly holy? (see Romans 3:21-26 and 2 Corinthians 5:21)
  2. In verse six, David says God will answer his prayer. If we are in Christ, we can share this confidence. How does it make you feel to know that the all-knowing, all-powerful, triune God, who is beyond our comprehension, hears the prayers of his people? How will that affect your prayers?
  3. When we attempt to make good things into ultimate things, we make them into idols. What in your life do you treasure or seek satisfaction in more than you should (v.14)?
  4. How should the hope of eternal satisfaction in God (v. 15) reshape our views of family, work, and leisure?

Psalm 16 Follow-up

The Path of Life

  1. What does totally trusting in God look like?
  2. How do you define treasure?
  3. Do you enjoy fellowship with more non-believers than other Christians?
  4. What do you want to inherit in this life?
  5. What would you be willing to give up for complete joy in your life?
  6. What are the costs for accepting God’s total authority in your life?
  7. Is there another path to overwhelming joy and contentment in this life, and the promise of life everlasting?

Psalm 15 Follow-up

Only the Righteous shall Dwell in God’s Presence

  1. What is positional righteousness? (See 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 4:4-5; and Philippians 3:8-9).
  2. What is practical righteousness? (See 1 Timothy 6:11; Ephesians 4:1; and 1 Peter 1:14-16).
  3. From Psalm 15:1, who shall sojourn and dwell in God’s presence?
  4. What are the reasons we are to live out practical righteousness and who is our source of power to do it?
  5. What are we called to do in our failures of practical righteousness?
  6. How does the promise of Psalm 15:5, that the righteous shall never be moved, apply to both positional and practical righteousness?

Psalm 13 Follow-up

Though We Despair, We Trust

  1. Why does the world think crying out is weakness? In what ways is crying good and right?
  2. Do you have someone you can cry out to and mourn with? Can you be honest with yourself to know you need it?
  3. Do you ever feel God has left you? Forgotten you? How was your life different from times when God felt closer?
  4. Does what you know about God challenge how you feel about yourself? Do you do well balancing them?
  5. How can/does the enemy prevail over you today? In your life?
  6. What will you do to sing because of his bountiful love? How will you change your worship? What does singing look like in light of trusting

Psalm 12 Follow-up

Who is Master Over Us?

  1. What does it mean to lament? Is this something we should practice today? Is this a sign of weakness?
  2. When David says “the faithful have vanished” does he mean this literally? Could it be that the faithful are just not speaking up, acting justly, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God (Micah 6:8)?
  3. What are the two ways David says the liar speaks to people (v. 2)?
  4. Why is it that the LORD says he will arise?
  5. Who are the poor and needy? How has God met the greatest need of the poor and needy? How does this ultimately point to Christ?
  6. In contrast to the lying words of the oppressor, what are the LORD’s words like?
  7. What will you do when the wicked prowl and vileness is exalted? Think about the promises of v.7!

Psalm 11 Follow-up

A Test of Faith

  1. What does it mean to take refuge in the Lord?
  2. What are some ways we are tempted to find security in other things? How have you been personally tempted to find comfort, security, or identity in something other than Christ this week?
  3. In what ways does the Lord “test” righteousness? Where in scripture do you see this displayed.
  4. What does it mean for God to hate? (v. 5)
  5. When David said that “the upright shall behold his face” what did he mean?

Psalm 10 Follow-up

How to Respond to Evil

  1. Have you ever felt like God was distant, unengaged, or had turned his back on you? If so, share how you dealt with that situation. In light of Psalm 10, how would you change your actions?
  2. What are the two types of atheism? What is the most common one, and where have you experienced this way of thinking? Have you ever acted this way?
  3. To whom should we first voice our concerns about the wickedness in the world?
  4. In what four ways did David express his frustration with wickedness?
  5. According to vv. 17-18, where can we find comfort in the face of evil? How has Christ done this for you?

Philippians 3:17-4:1 Week 4 Follow-up

Citizens of Heaven: Week 4

  1. To live as a citizen of heaven is to “pour out” your life for others.
  • What did Paul mean when he said “pour out” in Philippians 2:17?
  • What other places in scripture do we see this idea?
  • How have you experienced this in your own life? Have you experienced others giving of themselves for your spiritual growth?

2. What did Paul mean when he said that the Philippian Christians were his “joy and crown?”

  • What are some ways you can intentionally invest in the spiritual development of others?

3. Paul believed that Christians should live with discipleship as a primary goal of life.

  • How should this affect your daily routines (family, friends, and coworkers)?
  • How should this affect the way you see others around you? Are people a nuisance or an opportunity?
  • How should this affect where you find strength in the normal rhythms of your day?

4. What does it mean to “stand firm?” Give scriptural examples of this concept.

Philippians 3:17-4:1 Week 3 Follow-up

Citizens of Heaven: Week 3

  1. In what ways are you tempted to put hope in your earthly citizenship rather than your heavenly one?
  2. What type of person should be the most productive citizen of his/her community? Why?
  3. While we await the return of Jesus we should live as ambassadors of his kingdom and find refreshment within the protection of his embassy (the Church). Talk about what this really means.
  4. As a citizen of Heaven we should seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. What do justice, mercy, and humility look like in your everyday life? How, by God’s grace, can you improve in these areas?

Mark 10:10-27 Blog Questions

Mark 10:10-27

  1. In Matthew 19:9 what is the exception clause not found in Mark 10?
  2. Why would Mark leave this out?
  3. The disciple’s response to Jesus showed that they believed his explanation was impossible. Why?
  4. In Mark 10:17-22 why did the rich young man leave Jesus after his final command? 
    1. He believed it was impossible for him to do. 
  5. What had he built his life upon?
  6. The initial question about divorce was from the Pharisees who believed, much like the rich young ruler, that they could keep the law. Why is Jesus’ teaching in Mark 10:13-16 so important to this way of thinking? 
  7. What does it mean to receive the kingdom of God like a child? 
    1. Children ask honest questions. 
    2. Children believe the best of others. 
    3. Children are not afraid to be dependent. 
  8. How should this relate to marriage?
    1. Couples ask honest questions. 
    2. Couples believe the best of each other. 
    3. Couples are not afraid to be dependent. 
  9. Why do we settle for what is humanly possible when with God we are empowered to live out what is humanly impossible.