The Resurrection Power of God in Scripture

Mark, Sermon Preparation

June 7, 2015 – Morning Worship

MondayMark 12:18–27

How are the Sadducees waging a PR battle with Jesus here? Where do you see their skeptical spirit in the world today and in your own heart? How does Jesus’ answer challenge this?

TuesdayMatthew 3:7; 16:1; Acts 4:1-2; 5:17–18; 23:6–10; Mark 12:14

How would you describe the Sadducees based on the Bible’s description of them? What types of people / attitudes in our day might be like them and how might Jesus’ response apply?

WednesdayDeuteronomy 25:5–10; Leviticus 18:16; 20:21; Ruth 1:1– 18; Mark 12:18-23

The Sadducees’ theoretical dilemma is based on the OT law of “levirate marriage” described in Deuteronomy? How do other laws in Leviticus show the absurd nature of their question and how might these laws have been important for protecting the weak and powerless in Israel?

ThursdayJob 19:25–26; Psalm 73:23–24; 88:5; 115:17; Isaiah 26:19; 38:18; Dan 12:2;

Many scholars today argue that the Sadducees view of the resurrection actually reflects the OT, where they see no evidence of a “resurrection theology”? What do you think?

FridayMark 12:24, 2–27; Romans 1:1-6; Philippians 3:8–11; Revelation 20:6

Jesus challenges our view of marriage and resurrection here? How does his teaching about the resurrection power of God offer you comfort and hope today?

SaturdayMark 12:24–25; Ephesians 5:22–32; Revelation 19:6–10; 21:1–10

Jesus’ teaches that human marriage is temporary for this life (i.e. “until death do us part”? Why is that? What is the real significance of human marriage, and what is the glory and wonder and joy that it points us to?

The Cross as the Kings’ Crux

Mark, Sermon Preparation

January 25, 2015 – Morning Worship

MondayMark 8:27-9:1

This is both the center of the book of Mark and commonly recognized as the “hinge” or turning point of the book of Mark? Why is that and what makes it so important? How does that apply to you?

TuesdayPsalm 2; Mark 8:27-29; 14:53-65

“Christ” means “anointed” (it’s Greek for “Messiah”; John 1:41), so what does Peter mean when he calls Jesus “the Christ”? How do psalms like Psalm 2 help us answer that?

WednesdayIsaiah 52:13-53:12; Mark8:31

Why is it so important that Jesus predicted his own death? How ought that be a comfort and assurance to us?

ThursdayMatthew 4:1-11; Mark 8:32-33; Romans 8:1-11

How is Peter speaking satanic words in rebuking Jesus for predicting his suffering? How are we tempted to set our minds on the “things of man” rather than on the “things of God,” and how might we avoid it?

FridayPsalm 49; Mark 8:34-38; 2 Timothy 2:8-15

A theme in the book of Mark is the cost of discipleship. Why does Jesus tie in his teaching about the cost of discipleship with his suffering, death, and resurrection? How might we apply this?

SaturdayDaniel 7:13-14, 23-27; Mark 9:1; 16:1-8

What did Jesus mean when he promised that some would not taste death before seeing Kingdom of God coming with power? How does that make our perspective on life different as Christians from the rest of the world?

Don’t You Get It Yet? Hope for 2015

Mark, Sermon Preparation

December 28, 2014 – Morning Worship

MondayMark 8:1-21

What is Jesus doing here and who is he doing it for? How might that encourage us today? This coming year?

TuesdayPsalm 75:1; Mark 6:30-44

Notice the many repetitions between the two different crowd-feeding episodes. Why did Jesus do that and why does Mark repeat it? What is so important about it?

WednesdayIsaiah 61; Ezekiel 12:1-6

What is the significance of having eyes and not seeing? Why is Jesus so concerned about this for his disciples? What did they need to understand about Jesus (see Mark 8:27-31)? How can we “understand” this and live according to it?

ThursdayLuke 12:1-7; 1 Corinthians 5:1–8; Gal. 5:9

What is the “leaven of the Pharisees” and how can we “beware” of it? How can we as a church apply this in the coming year? You personally?

FridayMark 8:18; Revelation 3:1-8

Forgetting is a constant danger to God’s people. What is it that we must remember, and why (v. 3)?

SaturdayMark 8:1-21

In what ways are you slow to understand and believe what Jesus is doing in the world and in you? How might this passage both challenge and comfort us this coming year?

Contrasting Kings and Prophets

Mark, Sermon Preparation

November 9, 2014 – Morning Worship

MondayMark 6:14-29

Notice King Herod’s various fears — can you identify with any of them? How did they keep him from heeding John’s warning, and how can we avoid similar stubborn blindness?

TuesdayPsalm 45, 47; Mark 6:14-16; I Timothy 6:13-15

Up to this point Mark has shown us snapshots of Jesus as Divine Messiah King. Here he introduces an earthly King Herod— how are he and Jesus similar? How are they different? Why does it matter?

WednesdayI Kings 18:1-19:8; Mark 6:14-16; 9:11-13

Why do you think John and Jesus were often compared to Elijah? What do they tell us about God and human kings? Why should that be a comfort and challenge to us?

ThursdayDeuteronomy 18:15-22; Malachi 3-4; Mark 6:17-29; Matthew 11:7-19

How are Jesus and John the Baptist alike and different? How does the description of John here in Mark foreshadow the ways in which Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of all the prophets?

FridayHosea 6; Mark 6:14-16; I Corinthians 15:35-45; Mark 15:1- 16:8

Why is Herod afraid of the power of a resurrected prophet? How does this foreshadow the power that Jesus has, having risen from the dead? How ought Herod’s fears be our comfort?

SaturdayDaniel 7:13-28; Job 19:23-29; Philippians 3:1-21; Colossians 3:1-4

Given Herod’s fear of the power of resurrection (Mark 6:14), how ought that be a comfort and encouragement to those of us who are promised resurrection through faith in Jesus Christ? How might that change the way we think and act in the world, whether tempted by the powers and pleasures of the world, or threatened by them?