Thursday, 6 February 2014

This Week's Update

Hi all, we will be resuming as per normal on Saturday, 2.30pm.

Part A:
Here are the 'Follow up' questions from last week.

Read Mark 6:1 - 8:9
1. In the previous chapters (1-5) Mark portrayed Jesus' power and authority. He recorded various miracles: healing the sick, casting out demons, raising the dead, calming a storm.

How does this passage (Mark 6:1-8:29) add to that picture? (Refer to Mark 6:32-44, 47-48; 7:31-37; 8:1-10, 22-26.)

2. Jesus referred to the large crowd in Mark 6:34 as "sheep without a shepherd". What did he do about it?

In a modern day context, if Jesus were to look at the faces of people in a busy town, do you think he would say the same thing? Why or why not?

Do you feel the need to have Jesus as your shepherd?

3. Write down the various contrasting reactions to Jesus preaching and miracles:
a) in his home synagogue (Mark 6:1-6)
b) among people generally (Mark 6:14-15. 53-56; 7:37)
c) from the disciples (Mark 6:51-52)
d) from the religious leaders (Mark 8:11)

Why do you think people responded so differently?

Do you identify with one of those groups mentioned above?

4. Read Jesus' question in Mark 8:29. How would you have responded before you started Christianity Explored?

Any questions about Mark 6:1-8:29?

Part B:
Read Mark 15:33-39
What was unusual at the "sixth hour" (around mid-day) as Jesus was dying?

In the Bible, darkness is a sign of God's anger and judgement, how was it different this time?

What as the relationship between Jesus and his Father before his death on the cross? See Mark 1:9-11 and Mark 9:7)

Look at verse 34, what happened between Jesus and his Father at the cross?

Look at verses 37-38, what happened in the temple in Jerusalem when Jesus died?

How did Jesus death change our relationship with God?

Read Mark 10:45
Why did Jesus die?

How would you react to this?

(2011) Christianity Explored Leader's Guide (3rd Edition). New Malden, UK, The Good Book Company Ltd.

~ DWYAM Committee