September 16th – The Growth of the Kingdom

This week we are resuming our series on Mark. Jeff’s questions for the week are:

  1. Reflecting on the Parables in Mark 4, to what extent do you think of the Gospel as a person, the Lord Jesus, and to what extent abstractly as “salvation” or “justification”? How can you bring the two together?
  2. Imagine you are one of the disciples and hearing for the first time Mk 4:21-25 how would you feel? What then do you think Jesus means by v24 -25?
  3. Read Mk 7:18 in the context of asking questions, for example in Mk 4:10,13, 33-34.
  4. Do any in your group, like the disciples have difficulty with Jesus’s Parables? Is Jesus’s reply in Mk 7:17 too direct?