Mark Studies 38-45 ~ Bible Study Questions

Gospel of Mark Studies 38-45

Mark Study 38

Read Mark 14: 1-11

1. What is the “Passover”?

2. Why might the people have rioted?

3. Why did the woman pour expensive perfume on Jesus’ head?

4. Why did this upset the disciples?

5. What is Jesus’ response?

6. What teaching and warning does Jesus give the disciples?

7. What does Judas Iscariot then do, and why?

8. How do we show our devotion to Jesus?

Mark Study 39

Read Mark 14: 12-26

1. What new meaning did Jesus bring to the Passover Meal (The Lord’s Supper)?

2. Why is it significant that Jesus’ death happened at the Passover?

3. Why do we include the Lord’s Supper in our church services?

Read John 1: 29 and 1 Corinthians 5: 7

4. How do the disciples react when Jesus declares that one of the twelve will betray him? (verse 18)

5. What does Jesus mean when he says: “You will all fall away”?

6. Why does Peter declare that he will be different and not fall away?

7. What does this show us about the promises we make to God?

Mark Study 40

Read Mark 14: 32-42

1. Why did Jesus go to Gethsemene?

2. Why did Jesus take Peter, James and John with him?

3. What does Jesus’ prayer reveal about his humanity and his relationship with God?

4. Why did Jesus rebuke his disciples for falling asleep?

5. What does this passage teach us about:

  • God
  • Prayer, and
  • being a good friend?
Read Mark 14: 43-52

6. How was Jesus betrayed?

  • by Judas,
  • by the Jewish Authorities, and
  • by the Disciples?

7. What was Jesus’ response to being arrested? (Read Isaiah 53:7 and Mark 10:33)

Mark Study 41

Read Mark 14:53-65

1. Where was Jesus taken after his arrest?

2. Of what crime was Jesus accused?

3. Were the Sanhedrin interested in the truth?

4. What conclusion did the Sanhedrin draw? (verse 64)

Read Mark 14: 66-72

5. Why was Peter in the courtyard?

6. Why did Peter deny he knew Jesus three times?

7. How did Peter respond when he heard the rooster crow twice?

8. In what way do we deny Jesus?

Mark Studies 32-37 ~ Bible Study Questions

Gospel of Mark

Mark Study 32

Read Mark 11:27-33

1. Why were the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law questioning Jesus’ authority?

2. What was Jesus’ response and why?

3. Where did the chief priests’ authority come from?

4. Why do they have difficulty answering Jesus’ question about John the Baptist?

5. Where does Jesus’ authority come from?

6. What characterises the religion of the Jewish authorities at this time as opposed to Jesus’ teachings?

7. What are the dangers for the modern church authorities and how can we best look to God?

Mark Study 33

Read Mark 12: 1-12

1. What is meant by:

  • The Vineyard (Read Isaiah 5:1-7)
  • The Servants
  • The Son
  • The Owner
  • The Tenants
  • The Inheritance

2. What do the authorities understand Jesus to be saying?

3. What is their response?

4. What does it mean for Jesus to be the “capstone”? (Read Psalm 118:22-23

5. Why does Jesus talk in parables?

6. What insight does this give us into God’s plan for salvation?

Mark Study 34

Read Mark 12:13-17

1. Why did the Pharisees and Herodians ask this question?

2. What are the implications for Jesus if he answers either “yes” or “no”?

3. What is Jesus’ answer? Why?

4. Why were the crowd amazed?

5. What does Jesus’ answer mean for us today?

Read Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:13-17

6. What do we “owe” God?

Mark Studies 25-31 ~ Bible Study Questions

Gospel of Mark Studies 25-31

Mark Study 25

Read Mark 10:1-12

1. Why do the Pharisees ask Jesus this particular question at this point in time? (Remember John the Baptist and Herod in Study 14, Mark 6:14-29.)

2. Why did Jesus refer to Moses in His response?

3. What was God’s original idea for marriage? How did this arrangement protect women and children?

Read Malachi 2:15-16

4. Why does God hate divorce?

Read John 4:7-18

5. How did Jesus treat this divorced Samaritan woman, and why did it shock her?

Read Mark 10:13-16

6. What does it mean to have a “child-like” faith?

7. How can one receive the Kingdom of God like a child?

Mark Study 26

Read Mark 10:17-31

1. In verse 15 Jesus told people how to receive the Kingdom of God. What has this young man misunderstood in asking what he must “do” to receive eternal life?

2. What does it mean to be “good”? What is Jesus saying about himself?

3. What are the 10 commandments? (Read Exodus 20) How has this young man broken the first commandment?

4. What is the “Treasure in Heaven” to which Jesus refers?

5. What does Jesus ask the young man to do? Why does he walk away?

6. Why is it so hard for the rich to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? How can we be saved?

7. What does this passage tell us about how God’s perception of His people differs from the world’s perception?

8. What idols do we put before God?

Mark Study 27

Read Mark 10:32-34

1. Why are Jesus and His disciples going to Jerusalem? (Contrast Jesus’ sense of purpose with the bewilderment of the disciples)

Read Mark 10:34-45

2. What do James and John ask for?

3. What would it really mean to receive it?

4. What is Jesus about to do for them? What do the cup and baptism represent?

5. What light does this passage shed on the relationship between Jesus and God the Father?

6. What does it mean to be great in God’s Kingdom? How is Jesus our example in this?

7. What does this mean for us in our:

  • Relationships with others
  • Role in the Church
  • Attitude in prayer

Mark Study 28

Read Mark 10:46-52

1. Why did Bartimaeus say “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”? (Read Isaiah 35:3-6 and Psalm 51:1)

2. Why was Bartimaeus told to be quiet?

3. Who had the better understanding of Jesus’ mission?

4. What did Jesus mean by “your faith has healed you”?

5. What was Bartimaeus’ response?

6. How was he different from the “rich young man”? (Refer Study 26: Mark 10:17-31. Hint: What was the rich young man’s name?)

7. What can we expect when we pray for healing?

Mark Studies 16-24 ~ Bible Study Questions

Gospel of Mark Studies 16-24

Mark Study 16

Read Mark 7: 1-23

1. During the Babylonian captivity the Jewish rabbis made many new rules to help the people keep the Law of Moses. These “Traditions of the elders” were written down in 200 AD in the “Mishnah”. What tradition had the disciples broken?

2. What was it in the marketplace that was considered to be “unclean? (Or whom?) Why?

3. What is Jesus’ accusation against the Pharisees and teachers of the law?

4. How did Jesus’ teaching differ from theirs?

5. What does Jesus say makes a person unclean?

6. What traditions can distract us from seeking God whole-heartedly?

7. Why do people sometimes call Christians hypocrites?

Mark Study 17

Read Mark 7: 24-30

1. When Jesus hesitated before healing it is usually because he has an important point to make. What is the meaning of the mini-parable he tells?

2. In Jesus’ time a slang word for “Gentile” (i.e. non-Jew) was “dog”. Accepting she is not one of the “children”, in what does the woman put her faith?

3. This woman is the only person to address Jesus as “Lord” in the whole of Mark’s gospel. What has she understood that the disciples have missed?

Read Mark 7: 31-37

4. Why did Jesus heal the man privately?

5. Why did Jesus command the people to not talk about the healing?

6. Read Isaiah 35:4-6. What is the significance of this particular miracle? How does it point to Jesus’ true identity?

7. What risks did Jesus take in healing people, both personally and in compromising his mission? How can the church show true compassion without becoming just another charity?

Mark Study 18

Read Mark 8: 1-13

1. What is Jesus’ response to people in need?

2. How do the disciples respond?

3. What is the church’s response to people in need today?

4. Why did Jesus perform miracles for the crowd but refuse to do so for the Pharisees?

5. What signs of God’s kingdom had already accompanied Jesus’ teaching?

6. Why were the Pharisees blind to these signs?

7. Do miracles help people believe and have faith? What signs of God’s kingdom at work can we see today?

Mark Study 19

Read Mark 8: 14-21

1. A tiny amount of yeast ferments a large amount of dough. In the previous passage the Pharisees had demanded a sign. Their religion was very legalistic. Herod, on the other hand, was a ruthless politician and employed military might to get his way. What corrupting “yeast” does Jesus warn the disciples to avoid? What were the risks their influences posed in corrupting the early church?

2. What corruption does the church face today? In what should our faith be?

3. Why does the disciples’ discussion about bread frustrate Jesus?

4. What does it indicate about their faith in his ability and willingness to provide for them?

5. What explanation did Jesus provide for why some people do not understand His teachings?

Read Mark 8: 22-26

6. How are the disciples like the blind man?

7. How is Jesus’ compassion evident in this healing? Why is it done away from the village?

8. What does it take for people to see Jesus clearly?

Mark Studies 8-15 ~ Bible Study Questions

Gospel of Mark Studies 8-15

Mark Study 8

Read Mark 4: 1-20

1. What kind of teaching is a parable?

2. How is the word of God sown?

3. Under what conditions does it fail to prosper?

4. When does it thrive?

5. How are the secrets of the kingdom revealed?

6. How is this parable a key to all others?

7. How can our hearts be “good soil” for God’s word? What will be the result?

Mark Study 9

Read Mark 4: 21-25

1. In what way was Jesus like a light that had entered a dark room? (Read John 1:4-9)

2. How can Jesus’ words shine forth?

3. What “measure” do we bring to Jesus that will always be filled to overflowing?

4. How can we increase our receptiveness to Jesus’ words?

Read Mark 4: 26-29

5. How did Jesus broaden the disciples’ understanding of His role, not only as sower but also as reaper?

6. How is the mundane action of a plant growing like the time between accepting Christ and the day of judgement?

7. What warning is there for us in this short parable about the Kingdom of God?

Mark Study 10

Read Mark 4: 30-34

1. The Bible often describes kingdoms as being like trees that provide shelter. (Read Ezekiel 17:22-24) What is special about the tree in Jesus’ parable?

2. Out of what small beginning does God’s Kingdom grow?

3. How did Jesus’ slow and patient teaching of His small band of disciples grow His kingdom?

Read Mark 4: 35-41

4. Why did the disciples wake Jesus?

5. Of what were they afraid in verses 38 and 41?

6. What faith did they lack?

7. How can faith impact on the way we cope with difficult circumstances?

Mark Study 11

Read Mark 5: 1-20

1. What power did the demons have over this man? Of what were the demons afraid?

2. How was Jesus’ power even greater?

3. Of what were the people of this region afraid?

4. The healed man and the townspeople made very different requests of Jesus. How did this reveal their priorities? What do our requests of Jesus reveal about our priorities?

5. This time Jesus does not ask the healed person to keep quiet, but sends him home as a missionary. What was his message and how might it have been received?

6. What kind of impression did the healed man make, and why?

7. Has the message that missionaries bring today changed? How is their message received?

Mark Studies 1-7 ~ Bible Study Questions

Gospel of Mark Studies 1-7

Mark Study 1

Read Mark 1: 1-18

1. What is the “gospel” (good news) about Jesus?

2. In the Old Testament God promised to send a messenger to prepare the way for His Messiah (or Christ). In the light of these prophesies, what was John’s own understanding of his mission?

3. What was John’s message?

4. What is the first step to receiving Jesus? (see v.4)

Read Mark 1: 9-13

5. Why was Jesus baptised? Who endorses Jesus’ mission and how?

6. What is the first thing Jesus does on His mission? Who sent Him and what was achieved? (Read Matthew 4:11 for more detail)

7. Can Jesus understand what we go through when we are tempted? How was Jesus’ experience similar to ours and how was it different?

Mark Study 2

Read Mark 1: 14-20

1. Jesus declares that the moment has come to join God’s kingdom. How does one join?

2. What does Jesus ask the fishermen to do?

Read Mark 1: 21-28

3. How was Jesus’ teaching different from that of the teachers of the law?

4. What is the significance of the evil spirit recognising Jesus?

5. What was the reaction of the people who witnessed Jesus casting out the evil spirit?

Read Mark 1: 29-34

6. Who did Jesus heal?

7. Why did Jesus tell the demons to stay quiet?

8. List the different reactions to Jesus’ early ministry in this study. Which of these do we see today?

Mark Study 3

Read Mark 1: 35-39

1. What do Jesus’ actions first thing in the morning show about His priorities?

2. In verse 38, what does Jesus say is His purpose for coming?

Read Mark 1: 40-45

3. How is Jesus’ compassion shown to the man with leprosy?

4. Jesus instructed the man not to tell everyone. Why did the man do so anyway and what were the consequences?

5. Why does Jesus heal when the publicity threatens His freedom to preach?

6. How does understanding Jesus’ priorities in this study help to guide us when we pray?

Mark Study Four

Read Mark 2: 1-12

1. According to Jesus, what was the paralysed man’s greatest need?

2. What was the reaction of the teachers of the law?

3. What does Jesus reveal about His authority through His words and actions?

4. How did the crowd react to the paralytic being healed?

Read Mark 2: 13-17

5. Who was Jesus having dinner with at Levi’s house?

6. What advantage do the “sinners” have over the religious teachers in following Jesus?

7. How can self-righteousness hinder us?

Proverbs ~ Bible Study Questions

Proverbs Studies 1-8

Proverbs Study 1 – The Wisdom of Solomon

Read 1 Kings 2:1-4

1. What advice did David give Solomon?

Read 1 Kings 3:4-15

2. What did Solomon ask of the Lord? Why?

3. What else did God promise Solomon?

Read 1 Kings 3:16-28

4. How was Solomon’s wisdom first demonstrated?

Read 1 Kings 4:29-34, 5:12, 10:1-9 and 10:23-24

5. How did Israel benefit from Solomon’s wisdom?

6. What was the effect of Israel’s wise ruler on the surrounding nations?

Read 1 Kings 11:1-13

7. What led to Solomon’s downfall? What were the consequences for the kingdom of Israel?

Read Luke 11:27-31

8. What did Jesus recognise as the ultimate wisdom? (v28)

9. How can we be wise?

Recommended Reading: 1 Kings 2-4 and 11

Proverbs Study 2 – An Introduction to the Book of Proverbs

Read Proverbs 1:1-7

1. What is the purpose of these proverbs, and for whom were they intended?

2. On what should true wisdom be based?

Read Proverbs 1:8-19

3. What temptations does this introduction warn against? What consequences?

Read Proverbs 1:20-33

4. Why might Solomon have presented Wisdom as a woman? What relationship does he encourage young men to have with Wisdom? (See also 7:4)

5. Why do people reject wisdom and what are the consequences?

Read Corinthians 1:18-31 and 2:13-16

6. What does it mean for Jesus to be our wisdom?

7. What will characterise a person who has the mind of Christ?

Recommended Reading: Proverbs 1 and 7

Proverbs Study 3 – The Fear of the Lord

1. What is fear and when is it useful?

2. What attributes and characteristics of God inspire fear?

Read Deuteronomy 31:12-13

3. How do God’s people learn to fear Him?

Read Proverbs 1:7 and Proverbs 3:1-8

4. How does a proper fear of the Lord lead to trust in His greater wisdom?

Read Proverbs 14:26-27, 15:33 and 19:23

5. How does the fear of the Lord lead to security?

Read Proverbs 14:2, 19:3 and 28:14

6. What foolish ways result from not fearing God?

Read Philippians 2:12-16

7. How can fearing the Lord help us to live our lives according to God’s will?

Recommended Reading: Proverbs 3 and 14

Proverbs Study 4 – The Moral Benefits of Wisdom

Read Proverbs 2

1. How does Chapter 2 assert that a person can find protection from following wicked ways?

2. What evils are warned against, and what are the consequences of following this path?

Read Proverbs 5

3. What advice is given to help a young man avoid the sin of adultery? How is this relevant to sin in general?

Read Proverbs 6:20-7:27

4. How did the simple youth of Chapter 7 seek temptation and court disaster?

Read Colossians 3:1-17

5. What aspects of our “earthly nature” are we told to get rid of?

6. With what should we “clothe” ourselves so we can better reflect the image of God?

7. How can we do better at “embracing wisdom” rather than flirting with sin?

Recommended Reading: Proverbs 2, 5 and 6