Lenten Study Questions: Second Sunday in Lent February 28, 2021
Read Mark 8:31-38 again, and be prepared to journal some reflections. For those who wish in-person Bible Study we will discuss your thoughts Monday, March 1st at 10:00 AM in the church’s Zoom room.
Who is teaching?
Who is listening at the beginning of this text?
Who is listening after verse 34?
Who else speaks in this text?
Who is included in “Get behind me Satan!”
Who does Jesus claim to be?
Why would the Son of Man be “ashamed?”
Why do you suppose Jesus teaches about his impending death and resurrection?
Why do you suppose Peter rebukes him?
Do you think Peter still doesn’t know who Christ is and why he has come?
In your opinion, which is easier, the path of insurrection or the path of suffering?
Why do you think one must lose one’s life to gain it? What does that mean?
Why do you think Son of Man would be “ashamed” (vs. 38) if Jesus/God is all loving and all forgiving through Christ?
Do you think Jesus is talking about a second physical coming in verse 38? Why or why not?
If you were in the crowd what questions would you want to ask the Teacher?
Have you ever felt like Peter gets the short stick here? What would you do in his shoes?
What would it look like for you to “lose your life?”
What would you “gain” from following the path of Christ?
What is keeping you from following Christ with all your being?
From February 21, 2021. The First Sunday in Lent
To follow up with an opportunity to engage in deeper reflection during Lent, we will be offering a Lenten Bible Study based on each week’s gospel passage. Enclosed below are the Bible study questions for our first Lenten Bible Study, taking a look at the passage in John’s Gospel. Read through the passage again, taking notes on the following questions. Try to follow the questions in order, beginning with the Informational Questions and moving on to Analytical. Begin to journal some thoughts and additional questions that you may have as you move through the Analytical questions on into the more personally- impactful questions at the end. I look forward to hearing how God has spoken to you in this passage during in-person discussion!
Read:John 4:5-42 again, and be prepared to journal some reflections on the following.
Who is teaching?
Who is listening?
Where do they have this conversation?
Who does Jesus claim to be?
Why do you suppose Jesus first teaches in a round ‘about way, then speaks plainly?
In your opinion, what might Jesus have taught to help the woman understand better?
What about the disciples? Why do you suppose Jesus didn’t explain himself?
What do you think about Jesus’ statement, “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Does this seem exclusive to you?
What about “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.”
Why do you think this statement is so clear as opposed to the earlier evasive teaching?
Would this kind of statement be considered valid today, recognizing the pluralistic nature of the world’s many faiths?
Write your own “I wonder” question(s) about this text.
Where would you place yourself in the text? Believing? Understanding? Lost? Confused?
What would it be like if you had been one of those recording these words many years later?
Would the meaning change for you if you were immediately present or decades removed? Centuries?
Are you more or less like the townspeople when they said, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”
Write your own morning and evening prayers based on your reflections above. Stay tuned next week for our next study!
The Art of Asking Questions for Bible Study
Informational questions are answered by simply reading the text and giving a literal answer. Analytical questions require more thought about the meanings behind what is being told in the story. Background study of the text and interpretative tools such as commentaries can be helpful here. Personalized questions bring the story to life by placing us in the midst of it.
Information Questions Learn Some
How Many…? Where did s/he go? What happened in the story?
Analytical Questions Engage
I wonder… Why do you suppose…? In your opinion…
Do you have any ideas about…? What do you think…
Personalized Questions Personal Impact
If you were _____ in the story… What would it be like if you…? In your experience… What are some ways we…?
Example: Parable of the Father and Sons: Luke 15:11-32
Information Questions (What happens?)
Who is the son?
Why was the brother so mad?
How many children did the father have? Were they the same age or gender?
Were there any other members of the household/family in the story?
Analytical Questions (Think about it)
In your opinion, who is the son?
What do you suppose caused the brother to be so mad?
What kind of relationship do you think the two brothers had?
In your opinion, if the young son lived today, where would he go for wild living and what is it?
If the Father lived today, what do you suppose he would do when the son came back?
I wonder what he would say to the son that stayed with him, do you have any ideas?
Personalized Questions (Imagine yourself in the story)
How like the younger sibling might our actions be today?
How might we be like the two brothers in our relationships with others?
What keeps us from being completely and unconditionally loved?
Imagine your Mother/Father. How like or unlike the one in the story is s/he towards you?
How might we as friends/classmates/parents/siblings show unconditional love?