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The Suffering Servant – Week 1 – The Urgency of the Gospel

by on January 19, 2015

From January through Easter we are doing a church-wide study of the Gospel of Mark. Each week we distribute study questions to help lead you into discussions with your family and friends. Below are the questions from week 1.

Click here to listen to the Week 1 Sermon from Pastor Jim.

  • We often don’t think of him this way, but John the Baptist appears to have been a major character in Israel until the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Mark tells us “The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him.” (Mark 1.5) Yet, in all the Gospels, but especially in Mark, he only makes a cameo appearance. Why do you think that is?
  • What might have been your reaction if you were nearby after Jesus’ baptism and you saw the dove and heard God speak?
  • Matthew 4 and Luke 4 tell us how Jesus responded to temptations from the devil by quoting scripture. Have you ever experienced the power of scripture to defeat temptation?  Does that story challenge you to take any actions to better deal with temptations that come your way? If so, is there a step you want to take this week?
  • In Mark 1:15 Jesus said “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” What do you think the people then would have been excited about when they heard this message? Our perspective of the gospel is a little different. What are the most exciting parts of the good news of Jesus for you?
  • Why do you think Jesus did not want the demons to speak “because they knew who he was”?
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