1. This week, we are looking at a short yet profound portion of Scripture: Mark 8:27-30. Whether you are alone or with a small group, read these verses out loud. Ask God to speak to you as you continue the study.
2. Throughout Mark’s Gospel there are all sorts of titles given to Jesus. Take some time to look through the following passages in the first chapter of Mark’s gospel to write down different names or titles given to Jesus:
|Mark 1:1||Mark 1:9||Mark 1:11|
|Mark 1:24||Mark 2:10||Mark 2:27|
|Mark 3:11||Mark 5:7||Mark 6:3|
|Mark 6:14||Mark 6:15||Mark 7:28|
3. Based on what you discovered in the previous question, how would you summarize the views of Jesus by the crowds of people, the religious leaders, and the disciples?
4. There were many expectations about what the Messiah would be, both from the Old Testament and from Jewish writings before our New Testament. Take a moment to read through a few Old Testament verses often connected with the Messiah:
|Deuteronomy 18:15-19||Psalm 110|
|Isaiah 9:6-7||Isaiah 11:1-5|
|Jeremiah 22:3-4||Zechariah 9:9-10|
6. What does Jesus mean to you? Who do you say that He is? Take some time to reflect on these questions on your own or out loud with your small group.
7. What is one thing you have learned in this study? How will you put that into practice in your life this week? Write some of these things down. If you are in a small group, discuss this together.
Next week we continue our series, “King Coming,” by looking at Jesus and the disciples’ mountain-top experience known as the transfiguration. Prepare for next week by reading Mark 9:2-29 ahead of time.