Week of August 2

August 2: Mark 6

1) Why was John the Baptizer beheaded (see v. 14-29)?

  1. He called out Herod for taking his brother's wife, Herodias
  2. Herodias held it against him and wanted to kill him
  3. Herod followed through with a foolish promise to Herodias' daughter
  4. All of the above

2) After the disciples demonstrated such a lack of faith in God's ability to provide, what might be the significance of the number of baskets full of leftovers they picked up after the miraculous feeding of the 5,000 (see v. 30-44)?

August 3: Mark 7-8

1) What did Jesus say that the religious leaders valued above God's commandments (see 7:1-13)?

2) Why did Jesus then rebuke Peter so sternly after he had made the inspired confession that Jesus is the Christ (see 8:27-33)?

  1. Peter denied Jesus three times
  2. Peter rebuked Jesus for saying He would suffer and be killed
  3. Neither of the above

August 4: Mark 9

1) What did the voice from heaven command the disciples who witnessed the transfiguration of Jesus (see v. 1-9)?

  1. Build three tents or tabernacles
  2. Honor Moses and Elijah
  3. Listen to Him
  4. None of the above

2) When the disciples asked Jesus why they could not deliver the demon possessed boy (see v. 14-27), what did He say they lacked (see v. 28-29)?

August 5: Mark 10

1) When asked a potential "gotcha" question by the religious leaders about divorce, what did Jesus communicate was God's original intention for human sexuality and marriage (v. 1-9)?

  1. God made us either male or female, so sex is fixed, not fluid
  2. God intends for marriage to be only between one man and one woman, so same-sex or polygamous "marriages" are prohibited
  3. God intends for marriage to last for life
  4. All of the above

2) According to Peter's recollections recorded by Mark, what was Jesus' statement about His mission as the messianic "Son of Man" (see v. 42-45)?

August 6: Mark 11-12

1) When Jesus cleared the Temple of merchants and money changers, what Old Testament Scriptures did He quote as a rationale for His actions (see 11:15-18)?

  1. "My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations" (Isa. 56:7)
  2. "But you have made it a "den of robbers" (Jer. 7:11)
  3. Both of the above

2) What did Jesus say are the greatest of all the commandments (see 12:28-34)?

August 7: Mark 13

1) What did Jesus describe as some of the "birth pains" before the Great Tribulation commences with the appearance of the "abomination of desolation" -- the Anti-Christ (see v. 5-13)?

  1. Deception from false teachers
  2. Divisions among the nations
  3. Disasters in the natural world
  4. Discrimination against Christ-followers
  5. All of the above

2) Will the Second Coming of Christ be secret and invisible or open and visible (see v. 24-27)?

August 8: Discussion Questions

1) What passage uniquely spoke to you this week?

2) What insights did you gain about God?

3) What application might this have to what is happening in the world today?

4) How would God have you apply this truth to your life?