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Adult Study: Mark 5:1-20

Mark 5:1-20

Discussion

  • One commentator asks, “Are we more interested in ‘business as usual’ than we are in the power of God to deliver our disordered lives and the ones of those around us?”
    1. How do we resist God’s deliverance as the people do to Jesus? What drove their resistance? What drives ours?
  • The man is sent to share the good news to the very people who were once afraid of him. Who are we sent to? Who is sent to us?
  • This story not only refers to the liberation and healing of an individual, but the experience of people under imperial dominion.
    1. How does this passage continue to reflect Jesus’ dominion? How does this dominion relate to our lives?

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Adult Study: Mark 4-21-32

Mark 4:21-32

Proverbs and Parables

Discussion

  • The subject of the teachings of chapter 4 is how do we have a fruitful faith that survives and grows to harvest rather than one that bears no fruit. What are some of the answers and wisdom provided by all of these teachings?
  • We become the sower in this second part of chapter four. We are responsible for scattering the seed. What are the reasons we are not faithful in the “simple” task of sharing the Word?
  • Where/when have you seen the “Word” that you have sown seem not to take, but you are trusting something is happening in the ground?
  • Luke and Matthew change the mustard bush to a tree. What seems lost in this change from the point that Jesus wanted to make? How has the Church/Christendom lost the point of this teaching?

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