This Week’s Topic:
Time and Place of Writing:
If the Gospel of Mark was used as a reference
by Matthew and Luke, then it is the earliest of the Synoptic Gospels. Since it
is generally thought that the Gospels of Matthew and Luke come from the period
A.D. 80-90, perhaps Mark is to be dated around A.D. 70. However, if Luke
antedates Acts (Acts being the second volume of Luke’s work), and if Acts was
finished shortly after A.D. 62 (when its narrative ends), then Mark should be
dated even earlier.
The Church Fathers place the writing of Mark in Rome or, more
generally, in Italy. This view is corroborated by: (1) Mark’s association with
Peter, who also addressed Christians in Babylon/Rome (1 Pet. 5:13), (2) many “Latinisms” in the Greek text (Mark 4:21; 5:9, 15; 6:27, 37; 7:4; 12:14; 15:15, 39, 44),
and (3) the probable reference to members of the Roman church (Mark 15:21; cf. Rom. 16:13).
Beyond the specific destination of Rome or,
more generally, Italy (see “Time and Place of Writing”), the
translation of Semitic terms (Mark 3:17; 5:41; 15:22, 34) and
the explanation of Jewish customs (Mark 7:2-4; 15:42)
suggest that a Gentile readership is anticipated, though not to the exclusion
of Jewish followers of Christ.
QUESTIONS FOR MARK 12: 38-44
V. 38 What doctrine is referred to
in the passage?
Who are the
Scribes, and how they significant in the passage?
v. 39. What was the significance of the long
clothing in verse 39?
Why do they
receive chief seats in the synagogue? And what is it’s comparable today?
v.40. How are they devouring widow’s houses?
What is the consequence of the Scribes devouring widow’s houses?
v. 44. Why did Jesus say her penny was worth more
than their larger contribution?
What is Christ saying to us today
regarding how we obtain our wealth, how we treat the oppressed, and how we give
and use our influence for or against the poor?
Prayer: Reflect upon the passage
and any parallels to yourself and construct a prayer to God.
How to Start a Small Group Bible Study
- Ask people if they would like to study with you. (2-10 people)
- who will lead the study
- You can alternate, just make sure you publish a calendar so each person knows when t hey are suppose to lead.
- Values and confidentiality
- Refreshments-type and who will bring what? The calendar will help with this as well
- Name your group -you can change it as you evolve.
- Commit with a covenant signing by all membership
- Pray about and commit to a quarterly community project together (Name it in 30 days)
- Send the pastor your group name and project
- Enjoy where God leads you.
I am asking each small group to commit to a church, community or global project per quarter. Engage your friends to help you accomplish the task. Propose to drill 3 water wells; build houses with Habitat, Organize feeding on the days Hotel D’ Zink doesn’t feed…
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The “SOAP” Model of Small Group Bible Study Journaling
Write down the Bible passage you’ll be studying.
This can be one verse or several. I’ve found that writing the verse helps me to focus on each word individually, and on the passage as a whole. It also helps me soak it in and meditate on each word. It helps to look up key words in Hebrew or Greek lexicons. Here are a few online aids. Biblestudy Tools https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/ and BibleHub https://biblehub.com/lexicon
Examine the text and write down what you notice.
- Who is it written by? Who is it written to?
- What jumps out to you in the passage?
- What’s one thing you didn’t notice before?
- What seems interesting or unusual?
- What comes before and after the text?
- Is there repetition, comparison, or contrast?
- Are there any scripture cross references? If there are, what is the differences in the writings?
Apply God’s Word to your life. The bible is meant to be LIVED PRACTICALLY! As you read over the text, ASK YOURSELF, how does it apply to YOU? Is there a specific action you need to take or a confession you need to make? If so, make it a SMART; Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. This is where the transformation begins.
Prayer is merely talking to God in your own words and listening as God talks back to you. This is how you develop a relationship with God. Prayer takes the scripture out of the Bible and allows it to SOAK inside of you. Accumulating head knowledge about God is of little use; it’s heart transformation that makes us like Christ. This transformation takes place through the work of the Holy Spirit as we yield ourselves in prayer and meditation.Some components of your prayer, can be: admiration, thanksgiving, revelations, questions, responses, applications, opportunities for discipleship, growth, and listening to what the Holy Spirit will say back to you. Pray for your continued walk with the Holy Spirit.
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