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WebClass Bible Study Resources for October 11, 2015
The teacher for this session is Kathy Thompson.
This is the second week in our study of Jesus’ life and teachings as told in the tenth chapter of Mark. Today, we will be looking at Mark 10:17-31.
Watch the commercial “We Want More” from AT&T.
- What are your thoughts on this commercial?
- Do you think more is better than less? Why or why not?
- What are some things you want more of?
Watch the clip "$18 Million" from Daily Motion.
- Can you even imagine spending 18 million dollars?
- Why do you think child/teen actors so often have trouble with money?
Before we make fun of Tori too much, people throughout time have struggled with money and the stuff they get with it. That is true with our Gospel passage for today.
- If you were creating a resume, who is one person you would really like to list as a reference and why?
Today's text is about making a significant choice with what to do with one's life. The scripture begins with a man setting out on a journey. We are not given any details. Mark could have done this on purpose to give us the opportunity to think of this not as a literal journey, but as a spiritual one.
Read Mark 10:17-31.
Read Exodus 20:1-3.
- Which commandments did Jesus include in his response to the man and which ones did he not include? Why?
- How did Jesus respond to this man?
- How would you respond to someone who says they have done everything perfectly since their childhood?
- This is the only time in Mark's Gospel that Jesus is said to love an individual. What is it about this man that stirred Jesus' obvious compassion for him?
- What is this text about?
- Is it about money or false worship?
- Is the improper use of money and gathering of possessions really false worship?
- What is your reaction when we start talking about money, stewardship and giving?
"One thing the man lacked was a willingness to separate his material wealth from his personal identity,” writes Rick Jordan. The man seems to be wanting an endorsement from Jesus for his ability to keep the law.
- What would it be like to be told by Jesus to change your lifestyle?
- Would you have to make some adjustments?
- What is this man’s sin?
- Do you think Jesus is against wealth? Why or why not?
- Why is it so hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God?
This story of the rich young ruler is included in all three of the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke).
- Why do you think each of the Gospel writers thought it was important to tell this story?
- Can our possessions impact our faith? How?
- Does Jesus want us to sell all of our possessions?
- Why do we have to talk about money and stewardship so often in the church?
Watch the clip "10 Commandments" from NewsOK.com.
- How do we deal with our mistakes in terms of money and relationships?
- Does “stuff” keep us from a better relationship with God and others?
Dave Ramsey says that "if you are human then you have made money mistakes and there are two kinds of people in this world: ones who pay interest and ones who make interest."
- What do you think?
- Do you ever wish you had made better money choices earlier in life?
- Why are we so often our worst enemy when it comes to money and stuff?
Our salvation cannot be gained by our wealth or our good works. Our wealth and our good works can actually block what God desires for us.
- What do you think God desires for you?
- Does our faith journey ever include letting go of something so that we can really receive Jesus in our lives?
- If Jesus were meeting with you today, what would he tell you was the one thing you are lacking?
A native of Virginia, Kathy Thompson is the daughter of a Baptist minister. She also married a Baptist minister! She and her husband, Robert, live in Ashland, Virginia where he recently retired as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ashland, where they served for 20 years. Kathy was active in the music department at First Baptist and taught Sunday School for many years. She is a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and teaches music at Liberty Christian School. She and Robert are the parents of two sons: Matthew and his wife Jennifer, and Christopher and grandparents to Peyton Elizabeth. They also have a precious dog named Eli.