Following on from the ministry we received through Jon on Sunday March 7 from Mark 7:28-35, here are some suggested questions for use in your Small Group discussions and/or personal study;
- Do you have an irrational fear of something that is very real even though you know it is irrational?
- Reading John 3:25-30 we see John the Baptist say that “(Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease” and now in our main text from Sunday, he
is about to be killed for (on the surface) political expediency.
- What was John’s attitude toward the work he was born to do?
- Has God stopped loving John the Baptist at this point?
- Why must John decrease (Matthew 9:14-17 might help)?
- Jesus’ response to John the Baptist’s question was based on scripture (Luke 7:22, Isaiah 35:5, Isaiah 61:1).
- How and why does Verse 22 answer John the Baptist’s question?
- What reassurances do you find in scripture when you go through dark times?
- After many years of ministry, how surprised do you think John the Baptist was to find that he was preparing the way for his cousin?
- Have you ever been surprised by the means God chooses to address situations?
- Reading Job 19 We get a glimpse of the deep and bitter sorrow he has experienced and yet is experiencing at this point.
- After reading the chapter, what strikes you about verses 23-27 and the basis for Job’s hope?
If you’re looking for some further questions or have time to continue reflecting on this text, here’s some more questions that might help;
- Why do you think Jesus’ way needed to be prepared for?
- How do you understand Verse 28 to make sense?
- Some people have described John the Baptist as the Last Old Testament prophet. Why do you think they would say that?
- John’s baptism was one of repentance (Matthew 3:11) so why was Jesus necessary if people could repent before He came on the scene?
- What would have been the possible implication for John the Baptist if Jesus was not the one?