Friday, March 27, 2020
Mark 14:1-26 Small Group Questions
Our church is currently studying the book of Mark. For twenty-eight weeks we're walking through the book and talking about the action-packed story of Jesus. Mark was more concerned with what Jesus did than what Jesus said. For this series I volunteered to write the small group questions that go along with each sermon. It seemed like a waste to leave them in a file on my computer and not share them with everyone. If you missed the sermon you can find it at the end of this post.
Small Group Questions ::: Sacrificial Love ::: Mark 14:1-26
The life of many can revolved around food. In some countries there is an abundance and in some countries there will never be enough. In Mark 14:1-26 we come upon two stories that revolved around a meal. The first meal took place at Simon the leper’s home. It is a meal where we see sacrificial love for Jesus expressed. The second meal is the Passover meal. The Passover meal was a reminder for God’s people that they had been freed from slavery and redeemed for the Lord. At this meal we will see sacrificial love for Jesus.
1) In the sermon Doug asked us how our life will be described by others. Take some time and share with each other how you see God working in the lives of each other. Now share an area you want to grow in so people will know you by that.
2) Read Mark 14:3-9. This woman came and anointed Jesus with a very expensive perfume. What is something costly that you can give to Jesus during this global pandemic? What is something you can give to others to show the love of Jesus?
3) Some think this woman is Mary, the sister of Lazarus (see John 12:3). This woman anointed Jesus out of thankfulness. Go around your small group and share some of the things you are thankful for your in life (Psalm 7:17, 106:1, 118:29).
4) Jesus encouraged generosity to the poor (read Deuteronomy 15:11). In Scripture we see the call for Christians to give (Psalm 82:3, Proverbs 14:31, Matthew 5:3, and Acts 9:36) What does Scripture teach us about caring for the poor? What holds you back from giving to others, neighbors, or the church?
5) Read Mark 14:12-16. The disciples gathered to share the passover meal together. Read Exodus 12 to gain an understanding of what the passover meal is. Discuss the similarity of the blood on the doorpost to the blood of Jesus being shed.
6) Jesus knew the cross awaited Him. Unlike the lamb in the Old Testament, Jesus knew what His fate would be. Read Mark 14:22-25. Talk about how Jesus was motivated by love to go to the cross. (You might want to Celebrate the Lord’s supper)
7) In our passage we see two acts motivated by love. Read what Jesus said in John 15:13. Talk about what Jesus did so we could have life.
Close your time in prayer. Pray specifically for your Plus One at Easter