Monday, December 16, 2013

Bible Study (Online): Gospel of Mark ~ Study Sixteen

Getting to Know Jesus in the Gospel of Mark
Study Sixteen: Mark 3:13-21

13 And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 and have authority to cast out demons. 16 He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); 17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); 18 Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot, 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
20 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. 21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.” (Mark 3)

1.  What does Mark state as Jesus’ purpose in choosing twelve men to be his apostles?


2. What do you think is the significance of the connection between what Jesus was giving them in relationship to him, and what he would be sending them to do?


3. Based on Jesus’ assignment to these men, what would be the expected response of people like you if you were the recipient of their work?


4. Why is it important to know that such a crowd had gathered that Jesus and his disciples could not even stop to eat?


5. What did Jesus’ earthly family think of what he was doing?


6. What does this difference between what Jesus thought he should be doing, and what his family thought he should be doing, introduce to our understanding of how Jesus’ gospel would affect people as it spread throughout the world?


7. If you were one of the people who were desperate to experience Jesus’ ministry, how much would you have been affected by what his earthly family thought of him?


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Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures are from the English Standard Version (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.)



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