Sunday, April 12, 2020
Mark 16 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.
Small Group Questions ::: The Empty Tomb ::: Mark 16
The Gospel of Mark comes to a conclusion in chapter 16. Mark has taken the reader on an action packed journey of following the Messiah. Mark has taught us about Jesus being the Son of God (Mark 1:1). We have followed the footsteps of the healing ministry of Jesus, seen the miracles, and listened to the teaching. We sat on the edge of our seat as Jesus went to the cross. Mark draws us to the conclusion with the three women finding an empty tomb. They obviously didn’t believe that Jesus would rise from the dead. Grab your Bible and study these questions to get a better understanding of the fast paced, action-packed, Gospel of Mark.
1) About four weeks ago it felt like the emergency brake was pulled on the entire world. News outlets, social media, and phone calls are filled with COVID-19. Share a story of good news that you heard this week.
2) Read Mark 8:31-33 and16:1-4. Mark makes is clear that the three women had no context for Jesus conquering the grave. They brought the spices to anoint His body. How do we misunderstand Jesus teaching because we aren’t paying attention?
3) The Bible gives us a few accounts of people rising from the dead. Read 1 Kings 17:17-24, 2 Kings 13:21, and John 11:38-44. Knowing that God has the power to raise a person from the dead how can we adjust our view of God?
4) It can easy for a person to miss the spiritual realm taking place around us. Read Mark 16:4-7, Genesis 18:1-15, Joshua 5:13-15, Daniel 10:4-6, and Matthew 1:20-21. Talk about angels speaking with man and the heavenly visits in Scripture.
5) There are times we tell people about Jesus and they accept the message. There are times that people are not ready to accept the message. Read Mark 16:9-11 and John 1:35-42. Talk about difference in how the message was received.
6) Scripture tells us about how Jesus connected with the disciples after His resurrection (Mark 16:14, Luke 24:36-49, and John 20:19-23). Share about how your faith has grown because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
7) Before returning to heaven Jesus instructs us to share our faith (read Mark 16:15-19 and Matthew 28:18-20). How can you share your faith this week? Make sure to be kind and compassionate when sharing (1 Peter 3:15).
Close your time in prayer. Talk about who you will invite to Coastline on Sunday.