Sermon Discussion Guides (Page 2)

Sermon Discussion Guides (Page 2)

Sermon Discussion: Treachery, Treasure, and Treason

Sermon Discussion: Treachery, Treasure, and Treason Mark 14:1–11 Main Idea: If greater knowledge about Jesus does not cause you to embrace him as your greatest hope and treasure, you will eventually trade him for another. I. The Leaders’ Treachery (14:1–2) II. The Woman’s Treasure (14:3–9) III. The Treasonous Disciple (14:10–11) Discussion Questions: How does the religious leaders’ hatred of Jesus and fear of a riot expose the sad reality that they treasured the opinions of men more than they treasured…

Sermon Discussion- The Olivet Discourse Part 2

The Olivet Discourse- Part 2 Mark 13:124–27 Main Idea: Perseverance is fueled by steadfast hope in the second coming not fervent sign-watching. Discussion Questions: 1. How does Daniel 11:31–36 and its historical fulfillment in 167 B.C. help us understand the kind of event that Jesus’ is warning his disciples about in Mark 13:14? 2. Why would Jesus’ exhortation to run for the hills without packing provisions seem counterintuitive to his disciples and the first-century readers of this Gospel? 3. What…

Sermon Discussion: The Olivet Discourse – Part 1

Sermon Discussion: The Olivet Discourse – Part 1 Mark 13:1–13 Main Idea: Christian discipleship is a call to persevering gospel-centered faithfulness NOT a fascination with end-times speculation. Discussion Questions: (Read Mark 13:1–13) 1. How should the conversation between Jesus and his disciples in 13:1–4 guide our interpretation of the various events recorded in verses 5–37? 2. Identify the three imperative statements (commands) in verses 5–13. 3. How do the first two imperatives uniquely discourage prophetic sign watching? (i.e., what are the…

Sermon Discussion: True Devotion

Sermon Discussion Questions: True Devotion Mark 12:38–44 Main Idea: True devotion is a matter of humble faith not overt acts of ostentatious piety. Discussion Questions: 1. How does the Scribes’ obsession with long robes, public greetings, the best seats in the synagogue and at public feasts betray their fundamental calling to ministry? 2. How does the intended audience of the Scribes’ public prayers betray the true depth of their devotion to God? 3. How does their abuse of widows, along…

Sermon Discussion: The Messianic Paradox

Sermon Discussion Questions: The Messianic Paradox Mark 12:35–37 Main Idea:The Messiah’s surprising identity entails life-changing implications. Discussion Questions: 1. What is Jesus really asking in his question, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David?” (Mark 12:35) 2. What Psalm does Jesus quote in Mark 1:36? 3.Why is it important to Jesus that this Psalm was written by David himself? 4. Who is the first “LORD” and second “lord” in Psalm 110:1? 5. How can…

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…