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Judy Moore is the Associate Pastor at Riverside Church.
October 1, 2023
A Story You Can Trust | Session 5

BY: Judy Moore
DATE: Sunday 1 October 2023

‘BIBLE PASSAGES: Read online
Mark – Chapter 5, verses 12 to 43.

EXCERPT:
In October last year, a survey was conducted by Ipsos about the levels of trust in the UK. The results were sobering – only 12% of British citizens say that they trust politicians. This is the lowest percentage it has ever been. And, compared to other countries, Britain is now ranked 17th (out of 19 countries in the survey) in terms of how little we trust our government. At such a time of low trust, the accounts of Jesus come like a breath of fresh air. Jesus is trustworthy, even when things don’t happen as we expect. If we trust in Jesus he may ask for more than we had originally planned to give, but he can give to us infinitely more than we dared ask or imagine..

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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 5, verses 12 to 43.

1 | Do you trust people more, or less, than you did 5 years ago? Why?

2 | In Mark 5:21-24, why do you think Jairus, a synagogue leader, approached Jesus for help despite potential backlash from his community? How can fear of public opinion hinder people from seeking help from Jesus? (See also Matthew 10:32-33 and John 12:42-43)

3 | As you read Mark 5:25-34, try and put yourself in the position of the woman. How does her desperate act of touching Jesus’ garment demonstrate her need and his power? How can we cultivate such faith in our lives?

4 | Jesus praises the woman’s faith and calls her “daughter” in Mark 5:34. What does this reveal about Jesus’ compassion and concern for individuals? How can we find comfort in knowing that we are deeply known and loved by him? (See also Psalm 139:1-6 and Jeremiah 1:5)

5 | What does it mean to ‘trust’ in Jesus like the people in this account?

6 | In Mark 5:35-37, when Jairus’ daughter dies, Jesus encourages him not to be afraid, only to believe. How might we maintain faith in the face of really challenging times?

7 | Explore the significance of Jesus’ decision to only bring Peter, James, and John into the room with Him and Jairus’ daughter in Mark 5:37-40. Why do you think he did this?

8 | In Mark 5:41-43, Jesus raises Jairus’ daughter from the dead. How does this miracle point to Jesus’ authority over life and death? What does this teach us about His identity as the Son of God? (See also John 11:25-26 and Romans 1:3-4)

9 | Take some time to pray, asking that God would help you trust him. Pray that those you know who aren’t followers of Jesus, would recognise his authority, even over death.

 

As you explore these questions pray for one another to deepen and develop your relationship with Jesus.

BIBLE STUDY RESOURCES

BOOK:
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)

COMMENTARY:
‘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)

VIDEO:
‘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.

 

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