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 ::: A Midnight Courtroom ::: Mark 14:27-72
What do you do when the strongest person in your life suddenly becomes weak? This happens when children find their parents sick, when teammates find players hurt, and when the disciples sat in the presence of Jesus before the crucifixion. After sharing the Passover meal, Jesus takes the disciples for a walk. They travel to the Garden of Gethsemane (Oil Press) where Jesus was pressed to pray. At this point Jesus is betrayed by a disciple and abandoned by the rest. He is unfairly arrested, and taken to an unjust courtroom. Jesus is beaten and mocked for crimes He never committed. Grab a Bible and study these questions to gain a deeper understanding of what Jesus did.
1) Share a story about a time when you felt abandoned by your closest friends. Read Mark 14:27-31. Jesus knew the disciples would soon scatter from His presence. How do you think Jesus felt about knowing He would be abandoned?
2) Jesus brought all the disciples to the garden by took His three closest companions with Him for prayer support (read Mark 14:32-42). Talk about how this experience for Jesus made it so He can relate to us (Psalm 42:11, Hebrews 5:8, and 1 Peter 4:16).
3) While in the Garden, the disciples could not keep their eyes open. It was late at night and they were tired. Jesus encouraged them not to fall into temptation. What are some sins that have plagued you in the past? (Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 4:25-32 and1 Peter 2:1-3 help us see the depth of our sinful nature).
4) Judas came to arrest Jesus with a small army. Neal said that Judas betrayed Him, the disciples abandoned Him, and the soldiers didn’t know what they were doing. Who do you resonate most with in your faith walk?
5) Jesus was unfairly arrested and charged with crimes He never committed (read Mark 14:53-65). Why is it so important that there is more than one witness in a court of law? (read Deuteronomy 17:6, Psalm 18:2, & Titus 1:15)
6) The high priest called Jesus the Messiah. Jesus responded with an Old Testament inclination (read Exodus 3:14). Who do you say Jesus? Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God like He said? (Mark 1:1, John 1:1-4, Acts 9:1-19)
7) Our passage ends with Peter weeping for denying Jesus (read Mark 14:66-72). Have you repented of your sin & found freedom in Jesus? (Romans 3:23, 10:9-10).
Close your time in prayer. Pray specifically for your Plus One at Easter