Thursday, March 26, 2020

Mark 13 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 ::: End Times ::: Mark 13

As Jesus and the disciples are leaving the Temple, one disciple remarks of the beauty of the Temple. Historians have stated that the Temple was remarked as the most beautiful building in the entire world. The problem was that back in Mark 11, Jesus condemned the Temple and how it had become an example of Israel being inwardly corrupt. Jesus explains the upcoming destruction of the Temple that would happen in just a few decades. We must remember that Jesus shares about the destruction of the Temple and then moves to explain His second coming. We need to keep watch for the second coming of Christ and be ready for His return.

1) Given the current pandemic in our Nation, and world, what is something that scares you most about the spread of a virus that very little is known about? How has your response to the virus helped bring hope to others?

2) Read Mark 13:1-4. Jesus said that the Temple would be destroyed. What do you think was going through the disciples minds when He said these words? Take time to read 2 Chronicles 3 and get an understanding of the original Temple.

3) In Mark 13:5-13 we have false signs that the Temple will be destroyed. Jesus told the disciples to be on their guard. Read Acts 5:17-42, 7:54-8:1, and 12:1-18. How did these events in the life of the early church impact the spread of the Gospel?

4) Jesus spoke of ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ as a marker that destruction would come (Mark 13:14 & Matthew 24:15). How would this person’s actions impact the Temple and to Jews living in Jerusalem? (Read Daniel 9:27, 11:31, and 12:11)

5) When the Temple was destroyed, horrible acts were committed against God’s people. Read John 10:7-21, 14:1-7, and 21:15-23. What kind of life does Jesus want us to live?

6) The second coming of Jesus can often scare people. Read Mark 13:26-28, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, and Revelation 19:11-21. What does the Bible teach us about the second coming of Jesus?

7) Five separate times Jesus instructs us to: “Watch!” “Be ready” or “Be prepared” in Mark 13. How can we be ready to share the Gospel message with those around us? Read 2 Timothy 4:5 and 1 Peter 3:15 to help guide the conversation.

Close your time in prayer.

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