the Book of Mark – Part 4

  1. Have you ever made an assumption about someone or something that turned out to be wrong? How did it work out for you? Share some examples.
  2. False expectations can blind us to the reality about a person or situation. Why is this the case?
  3. Everyone has some idea about who Jesus is. What are some of the most common answers you’ve heard people give about the identity of Jesus?
  4. Jesus clearly told the disciples He would die. Why do you think it was so hard for them to believe this? What assumptions did the disciples make about Jesus?
  5. Read Mark 11:7-10, Mark 11:15-17 and Mark 11:27-33. In what ways did these instances seem to go along with their expectations of how Jesus would show He was the Messiah?
  6. Read Mark 15:33-38. When Jesus died, the curtain in the temple was torn. What is the significance of this? What did Jesus’ death accomplish?
  7. Read Mark 15:39. Why is it surprising that a Roman Centurion declares the truth about Jesus’ identity, even when the disciples still didn’t get it?  
  8. Jesus’ purpose was to redeem even those who don’t make sense. Why is this good news for us?  
  9. How should this truth about Jesus’ purpose motivate us to reach those in our life who seem like they would never believe in Him?
  10. What is one false idea/expectation you once had about Jesus? In what ways did this keep you from understanding who He truly is? What led you to see the truth about Him?