Study 1 – A different way of Seeing

Study 1 – A different way of Seeing

  • What is a memorable journey that you have taken?  What made it memorable?
  • Have you ever had an issue or conflict or decision on the horizon that you knew you could not avoid – that no matter what you did, you would have to face it at some point?  Are you the sort of person who races on towards it or someone who tries everything to delay confronting it? 

This is the third time in 3 chapters that Jesus had talked to his disciples about his coming death and resurrection.  Jesus had turned towards Jerusalem (Luke 9:51) and knew that this journey would end with the cross.  Like a raft heading towards a waterfall, we feel the gospel of Mark picking up pace as this inevitable crunch time approaches.

Reflection Question – unlike the other two times (Mark 8:31  & Mark 9:30-32), this time Jesus includes that he will be mocked, spat on, and flogged.  Why do you think that Jesus included this detail about his suffering?


The Disciples were thinking that the Messiah would be the victorious king who would rescue them from the oppression of the Romans, but Jesus understands the Messiah to be like the suffering king of Isaiah 53.

Around the table … what is your reflection on this passage? 
Or ponder together the following questions:

  1. What do you think was behind the request from James and John?  What were they really asking for?
  2. What do you think Jesus meant in verse 38 by saying, “you don’t know what you are asking?” 
  3. How do you understand Jesus’ different way of thinking in verses 43-45?  What might this practically look like?

  1. Ponder the man’s question in verse 17.  What do you think might be his assumption about how one gains the kingdom?  Is the use of the word “inherit” significant?
  2. Jesus quizzes the man on only a partial list of the 10 commandments.  How well might the man preform on the ones relating directly to God?
  3. Why do you think Jesus responds to the man with the challenge that he does?  What does the man’s response reveal?
  4. How does the promise of verses 29-30 come true for the followers of Jesus?
  5. What in your life might Jesus be pointing out as something that is blocking you from receiving the kingdom?

Phil in his sermon explored the question of what it means for Jesus to be our Saviour today.  We have been brought up to value self-sufficiency … to provide all what we need for ourselves and our families and not to rely on others.  How do we understand the need to be vulnerable and dependant on Jesus as our saviour?

Reflection Question – What does it mean for Jesus to be your saviour?  What things are you dependant on Jesus for … and how is this reflected in your daily life?

  1. What is significant about the title that Bartimaeus uses for Jesus as he prepares to enter Jerusalem?
  2. In the time of Jesus, the voices of people like Bartimaeus were rarely listened to.  What message is Jesus communicating to the crowd by stopping and listened to Bartimaeus (or stopping and talking to the woman with bleeding issues from Mark 5)?  How might we reflect this radical inclusiveness in our communities?
  3. Jesus asks the exact same question of Bartimaeus as he did of James and John (v36 &51)?  How do the answers differ from each other?  How is Bartimaeus different from the man with many possession in v17-22?

Reflection Question – When the disciples point out that they have given up everything to follow, Jesus responds with a weird promise that they will receive 100 times as much back.  Is this prosperity doctrine … or is it referring to something else?


O Jesus, allow me to sit with you and feel the warmth of your love for me.  May I sense your loving eyes inviting me to be one of your followers.

O Jesus, my teacher, help me to pay attention to your teaching.  Strengthen me so that I may not be afraid of your lofty ideals.  May your grace sustain me when I am tempted to drift from your way.

O Jesus, my Saviour.  May I be filled with hope when I reflect on how you know me and the promise that even the things that are beyond us are possible with you.

Amen.


When we look around the world we see so many places of need.  Last Sunday at EVOVLE we used this format for our prayers for others…

Think of a situation. 

  • Pray for those who need help, those are impacted or suffering in the situation (similar to the passengers in the tuktuk)
  • Pray for those who are striving to offer help in the situation … for those who are serving, giving, helping, supporting  (similar to the driver in the tuktuk)
  • Pray for the organisations, missions and NGO’s who are providing the structures, resources and tools to address the situation (similar to the tuktuk itself)