Sunday, October 28, 2007

Lesson Seven

This Tuesday from 9-11am we will be meeting for our Ladies Bible Study... Here is the outline of what we will be studying. It is lesson 7 in our 8 week study on the book of Mark. Our last Bible study will be on Nov. 6th, then we will meet for coffee on Nov. 13 at 9:30, place TBA... Hope you can join us for the last 2 weeks as well as our coffee time.

Mark 13 - 14

The Great Tribulation

"What will be the sign when all these things will be fulfilled?" (Mark 13:4)
Why did Jesus emphasize the urgency of flight?
How did Jesus describe the times to come?
What warnings were given?

Mark 13:24-37
What will be the signs of the coming of the Son of Man?

Mark 13:28-37
What is the meaning of the parable of the fig tree?
The disciples asked about specific signs so they would recognize the coming of the end times. But what was Jesus' response about his return?
Does this give you a sense of urgency?

Suffering And Death

Mark 14:1 - 15:47

Something to think about: if you had been a follower of Jesus at the time of His arrest and crucifixion, do you think you would have stood by him in his final hours?

Mark 14:1-9
What did the woman do with the flask of costly oil?
How did the people nearby react?

Mark 14:10-11
The priests and scribes originally planned on waiting until after the eight day festival, and the crowds were gone, to arrest Jesus... what made them change their minds?

The Lord's Supper

Mark 14:12-21
Why was Jesus so secretive about the location of the Upper Room?
How did the disciples respond to Jesus' announcement that one of them was a betrayer?

Mark 14:27-31 - Jesus predicts Peter's denial...
What did Jesus say about the disciples stumbling?
Who was so sure of his faith that he promised to die with Jesus rather than to deny Him?

Mark 14:32-42 - Gethsemane
This is Jesus' most human hour... he prayed that the cup be taken from him, but "Thy will be done." Such an amazing example of obedience to the will of God.

Jesus uses the term "Abba," an intimate expression for "father," in His prayer to God. It is the only time this word appears in the Gospels. Why would Mark include this detail a this moment?
In His humanity, what did Jesus ask for?
How are Jesus' words in this passage a model for our own prayers?

Mark 14:43-52
How did Judas identify Jesus to the multitude?
How did one disciple resist Jesus' arrest?
What did Jesus say in protest to those arresting him?
Jesus then said, "But the Scriptures must be fulfilled." - what did he mean by that?
What happened to the disciples? Why doesn't Mark simply say, "the disciples fled"?

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