Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend on Jesus as the Son of God.
1. What comes into your mind when you hear the name ‘Jesus’? What do you think comes into the minds of others you know?
2. We are looking at Jesus as the Son of God this week. Mark 1:1 is sometimes referred to as the title or heading of the gospel. What do you think is the significance of Mark’s use of ‘Son of God’ here?
3. Take some time to study additional references to Jesus as the ‘Son of God’ in Mark’s gospel. What do each of these references say about Jesus as the Son of God?:
4. Verses 2-8 set the stage by talking about John the Baptist. How would you describe John’s lifestyle, message, and mission from these verses?
5. After Jesus’ baptism, three distinct things happen in verses 10 and 11. What are these things and what do they signify about Jesus’ identity?
6. Underline or note references to ‘the wilderness’ in verses 2-13. In the Hebrew worldview, the wilderness was at times a scary place yet at other times a place of healing and new hope. What do you think is the significance of the setting of this section of Mark’s gospel happening in the wilderness?
7. Close your study with some time worshiping Jesus as the Son of God. If you are in a small group, take some extended time in prayer and worship together.
8. Identify how you will study through Mark’s gospel on your own or as a group in the weeks to come. Write these things down. If you are in a small group, discuss this together.
Next week we continue “The Real Jesus” series by looking at Mark 1:14-20 on Jesus and the kingdom of God.