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? 

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.

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?