- This week, we are looking at four distinct miracles of Jesus in Mark 4:35-5:43. As you prepare for study, take a moment to ask God to speak to you. Read through each of the miracle stories (4:35-41; 5:1-20; 5:21-43) and ask this set of questions for each story:
- Who are the main characters of this episode?
- What is the main conflict or tension that happens in this episode?
- What does Jesus do and what do the other characters do?
- What does this episode reveal about Jesus?
2. For background on:
- Mark 4:35-41, please read Jonah 1 and Psalm 107:23-32.
- Mark 5:1-20, please read Leviticus 11:7 and Matthew 12:43-45
- Mark 5:24-34, please read Leviticus 15:19-33 and Psalm 40:1-5
- Mark 5:21-23 and 35-43, please read 1 Kings 17:17-24; 2 Kings 4:29-37; and Acts 9:36-42
3. What sort of response to Jesus and His power do you observe from various people in these stories?
4. Go back through Mark 4:35-5:43 and take note of every place that the words ‘faith’, ‘believe’ or their derivatives appear. What do you observe about the role of faith in relation to Jesus’ power and authority? What do you think this means?
5. What is something God is speaking to you about from this study? How will this impact your life in a practical way this week? Write some of these things down. If you are in a small group, discuss this together.
Next week we will continue our series, “The Real Jesus,” as we look at Jesus’ provision through miraculous feedings in Mark 6:30-44 and 8:1-21. Prepare for next week by reading these verses ahead of time.