Mark 1:1–15 Discussion Guide

  • Main Point of the Passage: As Jesus began his ministry, it was clear nothing like this had happened before.
  • Main Point of the Lesson: Jesus’ life was the turning point of history.
  • Main Application of the Lesson: Participants will repent, be baptized, and receive forgiveness.
  • Key Verse: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15

Discussion Questions

Smile Question: Tell about a time you said, “I’ll never do that again.”

Share Question: If a five year old asked you how Jesus changed the world, what would you say?

Introduce the Passage: Jesus’ life was the turning point of history. In Mark 1:1–13, as Jesus began his ministry, it was clear that nothing like this had happened before.

Study Question: As we read Mark 1:1–15, let’s summarize all the events that would have “surprised the people watching.”

  • Possible answers include:

Connect-the-Dots Question: What questions do would have come to your mind if you were one of the people observing these events as they happened? (Choose one or more of the questions your group provides and encourage them to pursue answers.)

Count-the-Cost Question: John’s message was “a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” What are other ways people try to escape guilt for their sins?

Let’s-Do-It Question: Why do you think people prefer these other strategies rather than repenting and believing the good news of forgiveness through Christ?

Prayer: Father, thank you for the offer of forgiveness of sins through Christ. Give us the humility and faith to accept your mercy. Amen.

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