The Greatest Commandment

March 8, 2020 Speaker: Jordan Gowing Series: Mark | The King and the Cross

Topic: Sunday Morning Teaching Passage: Mark 12:28–34

What is the greatest commandment in the Bible? Join us at CrossWinds Church in Spencer as we consider Jesus's answer in Mark 12.

Sermon Discussion Questions

  1. What is one highlight from the sermon and one question that you had after hearing the sermon?
  2. Read Mark 12:28. Compare with Mark 11:18, 27–28; 12:12, 12:13. How is this scribe’s approach to Jesus different than what has come before?
  3. Read Mark 12:29–31. Our sermon covered four categories of Jesus’s response to the scribe. Which of these is most impactful for you?
  4. Read Mark 12:29–30. What does it look like to love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength?
  5. Read Deuteronomy 6:4–9. Why is it important to know God before we can truly love him? What are the implications of this passage for discipleship in the church and home? What are some ways that you can change your daily rhythm to better live out this command?
  6. Read Mark 12:31; 1 Corinthians 10:24. What does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself? What does it mean to actively pursue your neighbor’s good? What are some ways that you can change your daily rhythm to better live out this command.
  7. Read Mark 12:34. What does Jesus mean when he says that this scribe is “not far from the kingdom of God”? What is he missing? What about you? Are you in the kingdom or just “close”?
  8. Discuss this statement from our sermon: “If the greatest commandment doesn’t show you your need for the gospel, then it will become a barrier to the gospel.” What does that mean? How do you see it in your own life?
  9. Discuss this statement and then spend some time praying for a soft and malleable heart: “We cannot truly love God and others without seeing our need for the gospel on a daily basis.”

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