Family Devotional #41 & #42

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The Gospel According to Mark Week # 41
OBJECTIVE: To read about and discuss the life of Jesus, applying his teachings to our lives.
Feasting on the Word: Mark, Chapters 2 and 3 (As you read, notice how the Jewish leaders oppose Jesus and question his authority!)
Family Discussion: (2:1-12) How did the four men get their paralyzed friend to Jesus? What did Jesus do first for the sick man? What did Jesus do next for the man? What was Jesus trying to teach the crowd? (2:13-17) What was Levi (Matthew) doing when Jesus said, “Follow me”? Why were the scribes and Pharisees upset? What did Jesus say to them? (2:18-28) Why didn’t Jesus’ followers fast like the Pharisees’ followers did? Again the Pharisees were angry when Jesus’ followers ate some grain. Why? What did Jesus teach them, in verse 28? (3:1-12) Whom did Jesus heal on the Sabbath? How did the Pharisees react? How did Jesus feel about that, in verse 5? When word spread about Jesus’ miracles, what happened? (3:13-19) Name the 12 apostles. What was their job? (3:20-27) What did the scribes accuse Jesus of, concerning demons? What did Jesus mean: “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand”? By what power did Jesus cast out demons? (3:28-35) Who from Jesus’ earthly family came to see him? What did Jesus say to the crowd? Are you part of Jesus’ family, according to verse 35?
Challenge: What do you learn from… …the fact that Jesus knew what people were thinking? (2:8) How does that apply to us today? Read and discuss Hebrews 4:13. …the fact that Jesus used Scripture to answer his critics? (2:25-26) Can we use the same method to answer our critics today? Read and discuss how this should be done, according to 2 Timothy 4:2.

The Gospel According to Mark Week # 42
OBJECTIVE: To read about and discuss the life of Jesus, applying his teachings to our lives.
Feasting on the Word: Mark, Chapter 4 (As you read, notice what a great storyteller Jesus!)
Family Discussion: (4:1-9) What method does Jesus use here to teach important lessons to the crowd? What happened to the seed that fell by the wayside? The seed that fell on stony ground? The seed that fell among thorns? The seed that fell on good ground? Young children might enjoy illustrating this parable.
(4:10-20) What did the disciples ask Jesus? What did he reply? Look up the quote from the Old Testament that Jesus used from Isaiah 6:9,10. Explanation of the parable: Who is the sower? What is the seed? What does the seed on the wayside represent? What does the seed on stony ground represent? The seed sown on thorns? The seed sown on good ground? Which one are you?
(4:21-25) What did Jesus mean by the parable of the light under a basket? If you have small children, sing “I Have a Little Gospel Light.” Is Jesus telling his disciples back then to spread the good news, or us?
(4:26-29) Another parable about how seeds grow is told here. What is the point Jesus is making? Kids may enjoy planting a pinto bean in a cup of soil and watching it grow over the next few weeks. Remind them of this story.
(4:30-34) What tiny seed does Jesus talk about here? How is it like the kingdom of God? When did Jesus explain the parables to his disciples?
(4:35-41) What was happening when they woke Jesus? What did Jesus do? Close your eyes and imagine that scene! Why did Jesus rebuke them? Challenge: What do you learn from… …the fact that in the parable of the sower, not all people who heard the Word of God were saved? …Jesus’ words, “Why are you so fearful?” What reduces fear? Using a concordance, look up these words: fear, afraid, troubled, worry.