The True Family of God

January 27, 2019 Speaker: Jordan Gowing Series: Mark | The King and the Cross

Topic: Sunday Morning Teaching Passage: Mark 3:20–3:35

What does it mean to be a part of the family of God? Join us this Sunday at CrossWinds Church in Spencer as we explore this question from the Gospel of Mark.

Sermon Discussion Questions

  1. What comes to mind when you think of the “family of God”? What are some positive experiences with this term? Negative?
  2. What is one highlight from the sermon and one question that you had after hearing the sermon?
  3. At the beginning of our sermon, we noted that Mark intentionally ties two stories together in a way that helps us understand both. What do we learn about Jesus’s family by their association with the scribes?
  4. Read Mark 3:20–21. Jesus’s family is sympathetic toward Jesus, but are ultimately concerned with his radical message and lifestyle. What are some ways that we can be tempted to “water down” the radical message and calling of the gospel today?
  5. Read Mark 3:22–26. What are the accusations of the scribes? How does Jesus respond?
  6. Read Mark 3:27; Isaiah 49:24–26. The scribes claimed Jesus’s work/mission led to bondage. What are some ways today that people think that the gospel leads to “bondage”? What does Jesus reveal instead about his ministry?
  7. Read Mark 3:28–30. What is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, according to what Mark says about the scribes in verse 30? What would this look like today?
  8. Read Mark 3:31–35. What do the hard hearts of the scribes look like? What do the hard hearts of Jesus’s family look like? Why are hard hearts so dangerous?
  9. What would it look like for you to sit at the feet of Jesus this week?

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