Is being religious really safe? Can you be religious following the letter of the law and still have your heart far from Jesus? Can you be religious and miss the point, the purpose, and the Person of our worship?
The aim of Mark 12:18-44 is to expose the perils of religion.
To prepare for our weekly gathering on November 26, please read Mark 12:18-44 asking yourself these questions that have guided us through Mark.
- Who is Jesus?
- According to Mark 12:18-44, what title do people use to address Jesus? (Also look for the verbs describing what Jesus does in this passage (hint: vs. 35, 38).
- What does Mark 12:24-27 teach us about Jesus and life after death?
- According to Mark 12:35-37, how does Jesus rate next to David?
- Why did He come?
- According to Mark 12:18-44, what is the overall tone Jesus has towards the religious leaders? How do these series of controversies with the religious leaders show why Jesus needed to come?
- Mark 13:35-37 is a quote from Psalm 110 (the most quoted Psalm and verse in the New Testament). What does these verses teach us about why Jesus came? How will Jesus put enemies under his feet?
- What does that mean for us?· Take time this week to compare your life with the negative example (Mark 12:18-27; 38-40) and the positive examples (Mark 12:34; 41-44) and ask yourself where you should beware and where you should emulate.
- · Like the scribes, Sadducees, and Pharisees who have missed the point, the purpose, and the person of true religion, how is mere religion (religious observances) keeping you from loving God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and your neighbor as yourself?