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Introduction.

As Jesus is days away from being nailed to the cross, he is continually being barraged with questions from the religious leaders about his authority as God’s Son. Jesus refutes each question which demonstrates his wisdom and power and the crowds become even more amazed and awestruck by the Messiah. As Jesus continued to challenge “religion” in his last days of public ministry, we are able to recognize that he is the true God-Man who has come to reconcile man to God.

  

 

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SERIES TITLE: Serve Somebody

PART FIFTEEN:  Authority Challenged, Authority Confirmed

TEXT:  Mark 12:13-44

SPEAKER: Pastor Jonathan Chang

INTRODUCTION.

As Jesus is days away from being nailed to the cross, he is continually being barraged with questions from the religious leaders about his authority as God’s Son. Jesus refutes each question which demonstrates his wisdom and power and the crowds become even more amazed and awestruck by the Messiah. As Jesus continued to challenge “religion” in his last days of public ministry, we are able to recognize that he is the true God-Man who has come to reconcile man to God.

DISCUSSION.

  • Why is Jesus being both fully man and fully divine so important to our faith?
  • What does this mean to you in your daily life?

EXAMINATION.

Vv. 13-17

Why is flattery a bad thing? Look at Ps. 5:9 and Prov. 29:5.

What is the significance of rendering to Caesar what is his?

What is the significance of rendering to God what is His?

Vv. 18-27

What is the importance of the resurrection?

Why is “knowing Scripture” a vital part of our life as believers?

Give some examples of the “power of God” seen in Scripture.

 Vv. 28-34

What does it mean to love the Lord with everything? How does that look?

What is a neighbor?

How do you treat a neighbor? Why is this important?

Vv. 35-37

Who is YHWH? Why were the Jews so excited about the coming Messiah?

What is the hypostatic union? Discuss with each other.

Vv. 38-44

Why does Jesus call out the religious leaders one final time in his public ministry?

What is the significance of what the widow gave compared to the others?

APPLICATION.

  • Do you ever feel like a Pharisee, Herodian, Sadducee, or Scribe? Why or why not.
  • What needs to be done in your life right now in order for you to seek to “know Scripture?” How will you do it?
  • How would it look for you to explain Jesus as being fully man and fully God? Why should you do it?
  • Why is giving sacrificially difficult for the church body? What can (or must) one do in order to give sacrificially? 

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