- When was a time where you powerfully encountered God’s presence in your life? What happened? How did you know it was God?
- This week, we are looking at four different Scripture passages: Mark 8:31-33; 9:30-32; 10:32-34; and11:1-11. 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.
- A great preacher once said that if you take the “text: out of its “context” all that you are left with is a “con.” The verses surrounding each one of these passages sheds light on the meaning of each portion of Scripture. Why do you think Jesus’ statement about His suffering and rejection in Mark 8:31-33 may have seemed odd after Peter’s declaration in Mark 8:27-30?
- Now, take another look at Mark 9:30-32 by reading the verses that follow in 9:33-37. How do you think the contrast between the disciples and a child provides insight into Jesus’ coming suffering?
- Turning to the third portion of Scripture, read the verses that follow Mark 10:32-34 all the way through verse 45. What do you think James and John are missing in their understanding of Jesus and His mission?
- Now look at the fourth passage in light of the immediately preceding story of healing in Mark 10:46-52. Especially note the titles that blind Bartimaeus applies to Jesus in verses 47-48.
- Take some time reflecting on Jesus’ words in Mark 10:43-45. What do these words say about who Jesus is and what He will do? What do these words say about who Jesus’ followers are and what they should do?
- When Jesus approached Jerusalem, He was carefully playing out prophecies given through the Old Testament prophet Zechariah. Read Zechariah 9:9-17 and think about what Jesus is trying to say about who He is and what He is doing by coming into Jerusalem.
- 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.