Posts by Mark Kernan

Posts by Mark Kernan

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…

Sermon Discussion: True Greatness- Part 1

Sermon Discussion: True Greatness- Part 1 Mark 9:30–37 The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon from September 29, 2019; “True Greatness– Part 1.” (PDF Link) Main Idea: Disciples demonstrate their true greatness when they humbly receive and serve “unimportant” people. Outline: I. The Disciples’ Pride (Mark 9:30–32) II. The Pattern of Christian Greatness (Mark 9:33–37) Discussion Questions: 1. What do the subtle differences between Mark 9:31 and Mark 8:31 reveal about Jesus’ imminent death…

Sermon Discussion: Help My Unbelief

Sermon Discussion: Help My Unbelief Mark 9:14–28 The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon from September 23, 2019; “Help My Unbelief.” (Link to PDF) Main Idea: Faith is the act of humbly believing that Jesus is both willing and able to meet us in our most hopeless inadequacies. Outline: I. The Surprising Failure (Mark 9:14–20) II. The Fundamental Requirement (Mark 9:21–27) III. The Underlying Problem (Mark 9:28–29) Discussion Questions: 1. How do you think…

Sermon Discussion: Who Then is This?

Sermon Discussion Questions: Who Then is This? Mark 4:35–41 The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon from May 19, 2019 “Who Then is This?” These questions can be used for discussion in small groups, family devotions, or for personal reflection. Main Idea: Jesus is truly the Son of God because only God can still a storm. Outline: I. The Test of Faith (Mark 4:35–38) II. The Pattern of Faith (Mark 4:38a) III. The Object…

Sermon Discussion: Indefatigable Kingdom

Sermon Discussion: Indefatigable Kingdom Mark 4:26–34 The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon from May 12, 2019 “Indefatigable Kingdom” These questions can be used for discussion in small groups, family devotions, or for personal reflection. (PDF Link) Main Idea: The Kingdom of God is utterly unstoppable because it grows all by itself. Outline: I. The Kingdom of God Grows all by Itself (Mark 4:26–29) II. The Kingdom of God is Utterly Unstoppable (Mark 4:30–34)…

Sermon Discussion: Hiddenness and Hearing

Sermon Discussion: Hiddenness and Hearing Mark 4:21–25 The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon from May 5, 2019 “Hiddenness and Hearing.” These questions can be used for discussion in small groups, family devotions, or for personal reflection. (PDF Link) Main Idea: Hearing is necessary but it is never sufficient. Outline: God Conceals Spiritual Truth so that He can Reveal it (Mark 4:21–22) God Promises us that Diligent Hearing Leads to Greater Understanding (Mark 4:23–24)…