Read Mark 11:1-11
1. Did you discover something new this time you read the chapter?
2. Look at Mark 11:1-11. What do you like best about parades? If you had been at that parade on Palm Sunday, what would you have been waved or thrown down or given to Jesus as he passed by? In Jesus’ day, Bethphage was considered the city limit of Jerusalem. What point was Jesus trying to make by waiting to begin riding the donkey there? What was the signficangnce of this entry into Jerusalem? How did it differ from what people probably expected of the Messiah? What do you find most signifgant about the triumphal entry into Jerusalem? If you were the point man for the Messiah, what kind of entry would you have planned? Why? How would it be different than how Jesus entered? Why would it be different?
3. Look at Mark 11:12-19. When was the last time you felt like telling someone off? Why? In Palestine, there is a preseason fig that comes with the new leaves. Knowing this, what do you think Jesus was trying to teach his disciples in this passage? How were the merchants preventing the temple from being a house of prayer? Why would the presits be afraid of Jesus rapport with the crowds? What does it mean to have the signs of fruit but not have real fruit? What do you do about a situation like this in your own life? What in your life now might prevent you from being a “house of prayer”? What can you do this week to clear this out of your life?
4. Look at Mark 11:20-26. What is to be the focus of our faith? What conditions for effective prayer are listed here? What concept in this story is the most difficult for you to understand? The most difficult to apply? How would you describe your own prayer life? What are your major prayer requests now? Whom, if anyone, do you need to forgive? What steps do you need to take to forgive that person?
5. Look at Mark 11:27-33. Who was the greatest authority figure in your life when you were in elementary school? Why were the leaders concerned about authority? In their eyes who have legitimate authority? Where did they think Jesus got his authority? Why was Jesus a threat to them? What would have happened if they had admitted that John’s authority (and therefore Jesus) was of God? What might Jesus have said to them then? Who or what is the ultimate authority in your life? What is one way this authority rules over you? When you know who or what your authority is, how does it affect your life? How would God grade your response to authority? Why?
6. Do you have any questions about this chapter?
7. How did this chapter in Mark explain the gospel to you?
*Much of the work in is not my own but used in collaboration with a few commentaries and Group Study Bible.