Posts by Mark Kernan

Posts by Mark Kernan

Sermon Discussion: The Greatest Commandment

Sermon Discussion Questions: The Greatest Commandment Mark 12:28–34 Main Idea: The Greatest Commandment exposes our failure and desperate need for a Savior. Discussion Questions: 1. In what ways does the affirmation “The LORD out God, the LORD is one” anchor the demands of the Greatest Commandment? 2. What does it mean to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength? 3. How does the adverb “all” (Mark 12:29) help us understand the true depths of this first…

Sermon Discussion: The Promise of the Resurrection

Sermon Discussion Questions: The Promise of the Resurrection Mark 12:18–27 The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon from January 12, 2020; “The Promise of the Resurrection.” These questions can be used for discussion in small groups, family devotions, or for personal reflection. Main Idea: The Word of God and the Power of God guarantee the resurrection promises of God. Discussion Questions: 1. Why are the Sadducees beliefs important to their interaction with Jesus? 2.…

Sermon Discussion: The Rejected Cornerstone

Sermon Discussion Questions: The Rejected Cornerstone Mark 11:27–12:12 The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon from January 5, 2020; “The Rejected Cornerstone.”  These questions can be used for discussion in small groups, family devotions, or for personal reflection. (PDF Link) Main Idea: Spiritual leadership is reserved for those who recognize and embrace God’s authority, not those who wish to establish their own. Discussion Questions: 1. How is the leader’s question of authority an cleverly…

Sermon Discussion: Boss and Slave… Oil and Water?

Sermon Discussion Questions: Boss and Slave… oil and Water Mark 10:46–52 The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon from November 24, 2019; “Boss and Slave…..Oil and Water?” These questions can be used for discussion in small groups, family devotions, or for personal reflection. (PDF) Main Idea: Believers follow Jesus by using their power/privilege to serve those around them. Discussion Questions: 1. Read Mark 10:46-52 2. What about Jesus is the crowd not seeing that…

Sermon Discussion: The Pattern and Path to Greatness

Sermon Discussion Questions: The Pattern and Path to Greatness Mark 10:32–45 The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon from November 17, 2019; “The Pattern and Path to Greatness.” These questions can be used for discussion in small groups, family devotions, or for personal reflection. (PDF) Main Idea: Sacrificial service is the path to true greatness because Jesus served us first (through his atoning sacrifice) Discussion Questions: 1. Read Mark 8:31; 9:31; and 10:33–40. Identify…

Sermon Discussion: The Treasure that Leads to Eternal Life

Sermon Discussion: The Treasure that Leads to Eternal Life Mark 10:17–31 The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon from November 10, 2019; “The Treasure that Leads to Eternal Life.” These questions can be used for discussion in small groups, family devotions, or for personal reflection. (PDF) Main Idea: Eternal life is not the product of earning but wholly embracing Jesus as your greatest treasure. Discussion Questions: 1. What does this man’s question reveal about…

Sermon Discussion: How to Receive the Kingdom

Sermon Discussion Questions: How to Receive the Kingdom Mark 10:13­–16 The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon from November 3, 2019; “How to Receive the Kingdom.” These questions can be used for discussion in small groups, family devotions, or for personal reflection. (PDF) Main Idea: Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it (Mark 10:15). Discussion Questions: 1. How does Mark 10:13–16 relate to Mark 9:33–41? 2.…

Sermon Discussion: The Marriage Trap

The Marriage Trap Mark 10:1-12 The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon from October 27, 2019; “The Marriage Trap” These questions can be used for discussion in small groups, family devotions, or for personal reflection. (PDF) Main Idea:  God’s allowance for divorce does not mean that marriage is a disposable commitment. Discussion Questions: 1. How are the Pharisees trying to trap Jesus? (Cf. Matthew 19:3) 2. What were the three views on divorce and remarriage…

Sermon Discussion: The Warning of Hell

Sermon Discussion: The Warning of Hell Mark 9:42–50 The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon from October 13, 2019; “The Warning of Hell.” These questions can be used for discussion in small groups, family devotions, or for personal reflection. (PDF) Discussion Questions: 1. Who are the “little ones” in verse 42? 2. What sin is Jesus warning his twelve-disciples about committing in verse 42? How serious is this kind of sin to Jesus? 3.…

Sermon Discussion: True Greatness– Part 2

Sermon Discussion: True Greatness– Part 2 Mark 9:38–41 The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon from October 6, 2019; “True Greatness– Part 2.” Main Idea: Disciples demonstrate their true greatness when they celebrate the reality that the Kingdom of God is far greater than their personal convictions and experience. Discussion Questions: 1. How does John’s report in verse 38 reveal that he completely missed Jesus’ main point in Mark 9:33–37? (Disciples demonstrate their true…