BY: Judy Moore
DATE: Sunday 17 September 2023
‘BIBLE PASSAGES: Read online
Mark – Chapter 2, verses 1-17
Have you ever been in a situation when you really messed something up? Said something you regretted; did something that you wish you could undo? In those kind of situations, most of us would do anything to have a second chance. What if life is like that? Jesus came to bring us something we might not even realise we need, forgiveness, a second chance. A way back to a relationship with the God who made us and loves us.
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BIBLE STUDY QUESTIONS
Each week there are TWO different sets of questions for you to use, whether you are exploring the Bible within your Life Group, in other group settings, or simply using them on your own.
A | DISCUSSION STARTERS
These are simple questions to provoke discussion together out of the talk (ideal if you are watching our Sunday Service online with others in your group):
1 | Was there anything that particularly helped you during the talk?
2 | Was there anything that you didn’t necessarily agree with, or found difficult to understand in the talk?
3 | As a result of the talk, what:
a. Changes do you want to see?
b. Truths do you need to remember?
c. Actions do you need to take?
B | QUESTIONS TO EXPLORE
These are questions that are based on the talk and the surrounding themes:
Read: Mark – Chapter 2, verses 1-17
1 | Have you ever been in a situation when you really messed something up? Said something you regretted; did something that you wish you could undo?
2 | Read Mark 2:1-12. Jesus forgives the sins of the paralysed man before healing his physical ailment. What does this tell us about Jesus’ understanding of our deepest needs? How does this story challenge our view of healing and restoration?
3 | The religious leaders questioned Jesus’ authority to forgive sins. How does this passage reveal Jesus as both fully human and fully divine? What impact does this understanding have on our faith? (See also Colossians 2:9 and Hebrews 4:15)
4 |In Mark 2:13-17, there is a wonderful story of the friendship between Jesus and Levi (Matthew), a tax collector. What can you learn from this account? (See also Luke 5:30-32 and Luke 19:1-10)
5 |The religious leaders of the day – the Pharisees – criticised Jesus for eating with ‘sinners’. How does Jesus respond to their criticism, and what can we learn about His perspective on sin and forgiveness?
6 | In Mark 2:17, Jesus says, “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners.” Discuss the meaning behind this statement and how it challenges our understanding of grace and salvation. (See also Romans 5:6-8 and Ephesians 2:8-9)
7 | Explore the contrast between the religious leaders’ approach and Jesus’ emphasis on mercy and compassion. How can we avoid falling into the trap of self-righteousness and embrace the heart of Jesus in our interactions with others?
8 | Jesus likens Himself to a physician who came to heal the sick. How does this analogy speak to our understanding of spiritual healing and the need for a Saviour? (See also Luke 4:18 and Psalm 103:2-3)
9 | Take some time to pray – ask that God would help you see the depth of his grace, and the courage to show that to others.
As you explore these questions pray for one another to deepen and develop your relationship with Jesus.
BIBLE STUDY RESOURCES
King’s Cross’ by Timothy Keller
Unpredictable yet reliable, gentle yet powerful, authoritative yet humble, human yet divine.’ Respected pastor and bestselling author Tim Keller takes a deep and thought-provoking look at the life of Christ. Drawing from Mark’s gospel, he explains how Jesus’ identity as king and his purpose in dying on the cross have meaning and significance on a cosmic scale as well as for the individual. THE REASON FOR GOD gave a passionate and intellectually compelling case for God, while THE PRODIGAL GOD explored the gospel’s central message of grace. Now KING’S CROSS gives a captivating account of the person at the heart of it all: Jesus. Written in Keller’s trademark authoritative yet inviting style, this book will unlock new insights for believers and unbelievers alike. (Source)
‘The Gospel According to Mark’ by James R. Edwards
This new Pillar volume offers exceptional commentary on Mark that clearly shows the second Gospel—though it was a product of the earliest Christian community—to be both relevant and sorely needed in today’s church.
Written by a biblical scholar who has devoted thirty years to the study of the second Gospel, this commentary aims primarily to interpret the Gospel of Mark according to its theological intentions and purposes, especially as they relate to the life and ministry of Jesus and the call to faith and discipleship. Unique features of James Edwards’s approach include clear descriptions of key terms used by Mark and revealing discussion of the Gospel’s literary features, including Mark’s use of the “sandwich” technique and of imagistic motifs and irony. Edwards also proposes a new paradigm for interpreting the difficult “Little Apocalypse” of chapter 13, and he argues for a new understanding of Mark’s controversial ending. (Source)
‘Gospel of Mark Summary’ by The Bible Project
Watch this overview video on the book of Mark, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Mark demonstrates that Jesus is Israel’s Messiah who inaugurates God’s kingdom through his suffering, death, and resurrection.