Mark 10:46-52 God Alone Receives Those Who Cannot See Him

Mark 10:46-52 And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.

Luke 18:9-14 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’  But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Psalm 51:16-17
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
          you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
     The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
          a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

  1. How can we see God and know God?
  2. Who opens our eyes to God?
  3. Can we see God without God?
  4. What is God wanting from us?

Mark 10:28-31 God Alone Receives the Last

Mark 10:28-31 Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

  1. If we believe and trust in Christ, what is our reward?
  2. Will we get our reward here?
  3. What shall we thank God for? (See Luke 10:17-20)

Mark 10:23-27 God Alone Receives the Outcasts

Mark 10:23-27 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”
  1. Was Jesus referring to material possessions that would keep you out of heaven? See Matthew 5:2-11
  2. Then who can be saved?
  3. Why is that even possible?

Mark 10:17-22 God Alone Receives the Brokenhearted

Mark 10:17-22 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother. ’” And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thinggo, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

  1. What is more important to God: following his laws or the right state of your heart?
  2. How does God know your thoughts and what is going on in your heart and soul?
  3. Is it possible to please God without being saved and without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit?
  4. Is it possible to worship God with the heart you had before?
  5. Can unbelievers obey God? (Romans 8:5-8)

Mark 10:13-16: God Alone Receives the Fatherless

Mark 10:13-16 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

  1. What place do children have within church?
  2. What do you think Christ meant by receiving the kingdom of God like a child?
  3. We come into the kingdom like children but are we to stay like children and act like children or do we grow and mature?

Mark 10:1-12 God Alone Binds Us to One Another

Mark 10:1–12 And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them.  And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”  He answered them, “What did Moses command you?”  They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.”  And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.  But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’  ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife,  and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh.  What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”  And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter.  And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her,  and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

The world says Jesus didn’t talk about things like hell or marriage. Yet, we can see here that Jesus does talk about marriage.

1. What does Jesus say about marriage?

2. Was divorce part of His plan?

3. Why do we have divorce?

4. What is marriage suppose to be about? (Ephesians 5:21-33)

5. What does Jesus do when people get divorce? Does he say condemn them? Does he send them to hell? 

Mark 9:49-50 God Alone is Our Source

Mark 9:49-50 For everyone will be salted with fire.  Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

  1. Who created us?
  2. What is our source of life?
  3. What does life look like when you are plugged into yourself versus being “plugged” into God? In other words, what are your thoughts like when you just think about yourself or focus on yourself or trying to figure out by yourself?
  4. What is our source of peace?
  5. What do you think happens when we all focus on God and get life from him rather than focus on ourselves and get life from us? (Read Genesis 3)

Mark 9:43-49 God Alone Is Far Above Sin

Mark 9:43-48 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 
  1. Do you think Jesus is really saying “cut off your hand” or “poke out your eye”?
  2. Can we get to God when we have sin?
  3. What is sin?
  4. Who takes care of all of our sin? (1 John 1:7)
  5. Can we keep on sinning when God has taken care of it all? (Romans 5:20-6:6)
  6. What does it mean to be ‘holy’?
  7. Can we be holy?

Mark 9:42 God Alone Is Strong

Mark 9:42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.

  1. How serious do you think Jesus is about teaching about Himself?
  2. Why do you think he was so serious about teaching his little ones? Are little ones weak or strong?
  3. Who are God’s children?
  4. Should everybody be a teacher? Why or why not?

John 21:15–19 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”  He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”  He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.  Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”  (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”

Mark 9:38-41 God Alone Over All Who Would Believe In His Name

Mark 9:38-41 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For the one who is not against us is for us. For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.
1. How many other churches are in our town?
2. Do they love Jesus just like we do?
3. Is it okay that they do church differently?