Lesson - January 21, 2018

Jesus Walks on the Water 

                                                   Mark 6:45-56


45 ¶  Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and head across the lake to Bethsaida, while he sent the people home.

46  After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray.

47  Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land.

48  He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them,

49  but when they saw him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking he was a ghost.

50  They were all terrified when they saw him.

But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage! I am here!”

51  Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed,

52  for they still didn’t understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were too hard to take it in.

53  After they had crossed the lake, they landed at Gennesaret. They brought the boat to shore

54  and climbed out. The people recognized Jesus at once,

55  and they ran throughout the whole area, carrying sick people on mats to wherever they heard he was.

56  Wherever he went--in villages, cities, or the countryside--they brought the sick out to the marketplaces. They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed.


1.  Why did Jesus go into the hills by himself?  What is significant about this? (6:46)



2.  What problem were the disciples having? (6:48)



3.  How did the disciples react when they saw Jesus walk on the water? (6:49)



4.  Why do you think Jesus chose to walk on the water to get to the disciples' boat?



5.  Why were the disciples "totally amazed"? (6:51-52)



6.  What did Jesus do after He and the disciples had crossed over the lake? (6:54-56)



7.  What difference did it make that the crowds welcomed Jesus? (6:56)  



8.  How should you respond when you sense God at work in your life?



9.  Why do you think we are sometimes so surprised by God's goodness to us?


Lesson - January 28, 2018

Clean and Unclean

Mark 7:1-23

1 ¶  One day some Pharisees and teachers of religious law arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus.

2  They noticed that some of his disciples failed to follow the Jewish ritual of hand washing before eating.

3  (The Jews, especially the Pharisees, do not eat until they have poured water over their cupped hands, as required by their ancient traditions.

4  Similarly, they don’t eat anything from the market until they immerse their hands in water. This is but one of many traditions they have clung to--such as their ceremonial washing of cups, pitchers, and kettles.)

5  So the Pharisees and teachers of religious law asked him, “Why don’t your disciples follow our age-old tradition? They eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony.”

6  Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

7  Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’

8  For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.”

9  Then he said, “You skillfully sidestep God’s law in order to hold on to your own tradition.

10  For instance, Moses gave you this law from God: ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and ‘Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.’

11  But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.’

12  In this way, you let them disregard their needy parents.

13  And so you cancel the word of God in order to hand down your own tradition. And this is only one example among many others.”

14  Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “All of you listen,” he said, “and try to understand.

15  It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.”


17  Then Jesus went into a house to get away from the crowd, and his disciples asked him what he meant by the parable he had just used.

18  “Don’t you understand either?” he asked. “Can’t you see that the food you put into your body cannot defile you?

19  Food doesn’t go into your heart, but only passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer.” (By saying this, he declared that every kind of food is acceptable in God’s eyes.)

20  And then he added, “It is what comes from inside that defiles you.

21  For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder,

22  adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness.

23  All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.”            



1.  What are some favorite American family traditions?  


2.  Who was gathered around Jesus and what did they notice?  Why did this concern the

Pharisees and teachers of the law? (7:2-5)


3.  What did the Pharisees ask Jesus?      What were the Pharisees doing wrong? (7:5-8)


4.  How were the Pharisees being hypocritical in this instance? (7:9)


5.  How did Jesus place tradition in proper perspective? (7:10-19) 


6.  What actually makes a person “unclean”? (7:20-23)


7.  What’s wrong with “holding on to the traditions of men”?


8.  In what ways do you think it is possible to worship the Lord in vain?


9.  What can we do to honor the commands of God above our traditions?


Lesson - January 14, 2018

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

Mark 6:30-44


30 ¶  The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught.

31  Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.

32  So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone.

33  But many people recognized them and saw them leaving, and people from many towns ran ahead along the shore and got there ahead of them.

34  Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

35  Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late.

36  Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy something to eat.”

37  But Jesus said, “You feed them.”

“With what?” they asked. “We’d have to work for months to earn enough money to buy food for all these people!”

38  “How much bread do you have?” he asked. “Go and find out.”

They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish.”

39  Then Jesus told the disciples to have the people sit down in groups on the green grass.

40  So they sat down in groups of fifty or a hundred.

41  Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share.

42  They all ate as much as they wanted,

43  and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish.

44  A total of 5,000 men and their families were fed from those loaves!


1.  What did the apostles do upon returning from their trip? (6:30)  What sort of things do you think they talked about? 


2.  Why did Jesus want to go away with the disciples to a quiet place? (6:31-32) What lesson does this teach us?     


3.  What does Jesus' reaction to the crowds tell you about His character and mission? (6:34) What should compassion for people lead us to do?



4.  What problem did the disciples bring to Jesus? Why? (6:35)



5.  What solution did the disciples suggest to the problem they faced? (6:36)




6.  What did the disciples think of Jesus' solution? (6:37)




7.  What plan did Jesus propose? How did His plan work out? (6:38-44)




8.  What do you think Jesus wanted to teach His disciples through this miracle?


Lesson - November 26, 2017

The Master of the Sea

Mark 4:35-41


Mark 4:35  As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.”

36  So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed).

37  But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.

38  Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”

39  When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the water, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.

40  Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41  The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”


1.  Why were the disciples in the boat?



2.  Describe the storm and explain why you think Jesus would lead them into a storm that He knew was coming.




3.  How do you think the disciples felt during the storm?




4.  How do you think the disciples felt about Jesus being asleep during the storm?




5.  How do you think the disciples felt after the storm had ended?




6.  Why did Jesus want to cross the lake?




7.  What are some of the storms we can expect to encounter in life?




8.  What does God want to do for us in those storms?




9.  What is the right way to react to a storm?




Lesson - August 27, 2017

Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man

Mark 2:1-12


1  When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home.

2  Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them,

3  four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat.

4  They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus.

5  Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”

6  But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves,

7  “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”

8  Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts?

9  Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk'?

10  So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said,

11  “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”

12  And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man


1.  What exactly was Jesus doing when the events of this story took place? (2:2)



2.  What dilemma did the paralyzed man and his friends face?  What do the details of the story tell     

you about the paralyzed man, his friends, and Jesus’ reputation? (2:2-4)




3.  How did the paralyzed man’s friends solve the dilemma that they faced? (2:4)



4.  What motivated Jesus to respond to the paralyzed man’s plight? (2:5)



5.  Why did the Pharisees accuse Jesus of blasphemy? (2:6-7)



6.  How did Jesus respond to the thoughts of the Pharisees? (2:8-9)



7.  What is it that you like about the actions of the men who carried the paralyzed man to Jesus?

What are some ways we might follow their example?



8.  Describe the reaction of the people who saw this miracle.  What lessons should we learn from  their reaction?