The Crowds and the Disciples

January 20, 2019 Speaker: Jordan Gowing Series: Mark | The King and the Cross

Topic: Sunday Morning Teaching Passage: Mark 3:7–19

There were many different responses to Jesus during his earthly ministry. But what does Jesus desire from those who hear his message? Join us this Sunday at CrossWinds Church in Spencer as we continue our journey through Mark.

Sermon Discussion Questions

  1. What comes to mind when you think of discipleship? Have you ever been discipled? Describe your experience.
  2. What is one highlight from the sermon and one question that you had after hearing the sermon?
  3. Read Mark 3:7–12; 1:14–15, 38. What reasons do the crowds flock to Jesus? How does this compare to Jesus’s original purpose/mission? How do we see the crowds’ response to Jesus in the church today?
  4. Why does Jesus demand silence from the evil spirits?
  5. Read John 6:60–69. What are some of the “hard sayings” that cause “the crowds” to walk away from Jesus today? What are some of the “hard sayings” of Jesus that you find hard to swallow? What can we learn from the response of Peter and the other apostles?
  6. Read Mark 3:13–15. What do these verses tell us about discipleship?
  7. Read 1 Corinthians 11:1. Why is “imitation” a helpful category for thinking about discipleship today? Share the name of a person that you have or you would like to “imitate” because of their spiritual maturity.
  8. Read Luke 9:57–62; 13:25-33. What do these passages teach us about the cost of discipleship? 
  9. After this sermon, which category more appropriately describes you: “the crowds” or “the disciples”?
  10. 10.Take some time as a group and discuss ways that you can be intentional in furthering Christ’s mission through life-on-life discipleship. What will you do this week to begin making disciples?

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