Connect Group Questions

March 19, 2017

Mark 12:1-12

Relational

1) Did you ever receive a warning from your parents or mentor that you didn’t listen to? Were they right? What happened?

Content

2) Read Mark 12:1-2. What do you think the fruit of the vineyard is?

3) Pastor Ron said in his sermon that Israel was called to be a light to the nations. What do you think that God had in mind in this call?

4) Read Mark 12:2-7. The tenants in the story respond violently to the master’s servants and son. What does this reveal about their view of the owner of the vineyard? And what does this say about their view of themselves?

5) Read Mark 12:9. Why is their rejection such a great offense to the owner? Why do you think that the master won’t show mercy?

6) Read Mark 12:10-11. Jesus refers to Psalm 118:22-23 connecting it to the parable of the tenants. What is the connection he is trying to make?
Application

7) Israel had a calling to be faithful in covenant love and to be light to the world. What do you think your calling is as a Christian? Are you being faithful to your call?

8) In what ways can Christians reject Jesus? How can we guard against it?

9) How is the warning to Israel that God will give the Vineyard to others also a warning to us?

 

Connect Group Questions

March 12, 2017

The Rich Young Ruler

Mark 10:17-31

 

Relational

  • What is one thing you like to spend money on? Why?
    Content
  • Some people see the rich young ruler as a hypocrite while others see him as an earnest seeker? What do you think?
  • Read Mark 10:17. In what ways was this the right question? In what ways did it miss the mark?
  • Why do you think Jesus tells the rich young ruler that he must sell all that he owns? Does this seem extreme? Why or why not?
  • Why do you think that the rich young ruler’s possessions and riches keep him from following Jesus?
  • Read Mark 10:29-31. What is Jesus promising those who follow him?
    Application
  • What are things you can do to make sure you live in the reality that your resources are the Lord’s and not yours?
  • What has it cost you to follow Jesus? What is Jesus saying to you through this story?
  • How is regular giving/tithing an important part of discipleship?

March 5, 2017

The Revelation of the Nature of Jesus

Mark Chapter 9

Relational:

1) What are some of the ways that people think about Jesus?

Context:

2) Read Mark 9:1. What do you think Jesus is referring to when he says, “some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power”?

3) Read Mark 9:2-3; Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV); Ephesians 6:11-17; 1 Peter 5:5; 2 Corinthians 5:1-5; what is the significance of Jesus’ clothes changing to radiant white?

4) In Mark 9:4, Elijah and Moses show up next to Jesus. Why do you think this happens?

5) Read Mark 9:5-6. It seems from the context that tents for Moses, Elijah and Jesus was a foolish idea. Why do think that is?

6) Why do you think the terror of the moment caused Peter to say such a foolish thing?

7) Read Mark 9:7-8. Why should Jesus’ divinity cause his disciples to listen to him?

Application:

8) How does Mark 9 bring you personal hope?

9) Are there areas in your life where it is hard to listen to Jesus? How can applying the knowledge of Mark 9 help you more fully follow Jesus?