The Way of the Messiah and the Way of the World

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

Topic: Sunday Morning Teaching Passage: Mark 9:30–50

Am I following the way of the Messiah or the way of the world? Join us this Sunday at CrossWinds Church in Spencer as we explore this question from the Gospel of Mark.

Sermon Discussion Questions

  1. Our sermon claims there is “no such thing as neutrality with Jesus.” What are some ways that people today try to claim “neutrality” when it comes to Jesus?
  2. What is one highlight from the sermon and one question that you had after hearing the sermon?
  3. This text forces us to ask if our lives are marked by the way of the Messiah. What are some key signs of a life following Jesus on the way of the Messiah?
  4. Read Mark 9:31. What does it mean that Jesus was “delivered into” the hands of men? What is the significance of this phrase? How does that encourage you in your day-to-day?
  5. Contrast Mark 9:31 and Mark 9:33–34. What are some ways that we are guilty of the same thing as the disciples?
  6. How does Jesus define greatness? (cf. Philippians 2:6–8) How can you model your life around the greatness of Jesus on display in the gospel?
  7. Read Mark 9:38–41. What are some ways that Christians war against one another rather than against Satan today? Are distinctions ever helpful?
  8. Read Mark 9:42. What are some ways that we might unknowingly cause other Christians to stumble? What are some ways that we might knowingly cause others to stumble?
  9. Read Romans 12:1. What does it mean to present yourself as a living sacrifice? In what ways is following Jesus a whole-hearted endeavor?
  10. Are there areas of your life that you haven’t offered up to Jesus as a sacrifice? What steps can you take this week to surrender those areas to Jesus?
  11. Read Mark 9:50. This text gives us a warning: “A ‘disciple’ who is not living like a disciple is not a disciple.” What what ways will you live as a disciple this week?

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