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Sermon & Discussion Questions


Sunday, July 21
“Authority” – Part 9
Mark 7:1-23

  • Traditions can heavily influence how and why we do the things we do. What is one tradition you love and why? What is one tradition you’d get rid of and why?
  • Is there a time in your life when you started doing something for the right reasons, but lost sight of those reasons?
  • What was the motivation behind the scribes and Pharisee’s journey to visit Jesus?
  • Authenticity is often cited as an important aspect people look for in church. What are some signs of authenticity in the Church/Christian life? What are some signs of inauthenticity in the Church/Christian life?
  • What was the problem with “corban?”
  • How does Scripture support the idea that Jesus cares more about the spiritual condition of your heart than about your religion?
  • What can you do in your life to ensure that your heart is wholly submitted to God and not to empty practice?

    Don’t forget to read your Daily Devotionals.

    Sunday, July 14
    “Authority Over Our Storms” – Part 8
    Mark 6:45-52

    • Discuss a situation or time when you thought you were walking into something easy, and it turned out to be more difficult than you were expecting?
    • Looking back over chapters four and five, what were the build-up events for Jesus and His disciples? How do you think they were coping with all these things?
    • Verse 48 says the disciples, by themselves, were making “headway painfully.” Discuss life situations when you feel you make headway painfully? (Perhaps work environments, dating relationships, financial stability, raising kids, college decisions, etc.)
    • When we feel like we lose a bit of control in life, anxiety rises, and we begin to panic and fear.  Why do you think we respond like this?
    • Take time to share with the group about areas of your life where you need God’s presence and prayer to calm the windstorms of life. Be open and honest, allowing others in the boat of life with you.
    • Has there been a time in your life when you have let Jesus in?  With the understanding that He is more than a wonderful teacher, a sage theologian, and a miracle worker. He is the One with all authority over the waves in our lives.

    Don’t forget to read your Daily Devotionals.