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WebClass Bible Study Resources for October 18, 2015

The teacher for this session is Kathy Thompson.

This is the third week in our study of Jesus’ life and teachings as told in the tenth chapter of Mark. Today, we will be looking at Mark 10:32-45.

There are four basic communication skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

  • Which one are you the most comfortable with?  

Watch the clip Vengeance from North Point Media.

Maintaining personal relationships can be a challenge.

  • Do you feel like your personal relationships are sometimes fragile and need a lot of time and attention? 
  • What is your first reaction when something/someone hurts you? Fight or flight? 
  • Why do simple misunderstandings cause us to see our personal needs as more important than others? 
  • Why do we seek vengeance?
  • Have you ever watched the Paralympic Games? 
  • Who is Amy Purdy?  

Watch the clip How Great I Am from Toyota.

  • How do you feel about Toyota using Muhammed Ali’s famous boastful speech as the background to Amy displaying her skills? 
  • What message if any does that convey to you? 
  • Could this be an example of how we often misplace self-worth in the 21st century?” 

Communication is difficult especially when we are trying to communicate something and the recipient doesn't get it. Jesus is about to tell his disciples something for the third time in Mark's Gospel, but they don't get it, even after three tries. 

Read Mark 10:32-45

  • Before we are too hard on the disciples, do we sometimes have a hard time understanding Jesus?  Why is that?
  • What was the disciples' understanding of Jesus' role as Messiah? 
  • Why do you think James and John made that particular request?
  • If you were Jesus, how would you have responded to James and John?
  • What typical qualities lead to success in the secular world?
  • How do they compare with Jesus' concept of kingdom living?
  • What would Jesus have to say about the struggles for power in contemporary churches and larger bodies of faith? 
  • Why are the other disciples upset with James and John? 
  • Is it because they missed Jesus’ point or were they jealous that they did not ask Jesus first?
  • Is the church prone to count success as the world measures it: by finances, importance, and influence? 
  • Do we have a problem connecting following with serving?
  • Jesus asks the question, "What do you want me to do for you?"
  • What can this teach us about our prayer life? 
Carol Noren tells a story that in evaluating a former seminary student’s career progress, a retired professor at a seminary remarked that the minister had “never served any really significant churches.”
  • What do you think of that statement?  

It is profound to realize that God invites us to lead as partners in God's Kingdom. God invites us into a partnership. This partnership isn't because we are entitled to lead and not because God couldn't run this world without us, but because partnership with God draws us closer to him and allows us to be a part of his plan. Each of us has areas of leadership and influence that we can use for him.

  • What if Jesus came to us today and asked the same question, "What do you want me to do for you?" How could we respond?



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.