Offended by Jesus Because of Unbelief – Deric Bartlett


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This week, Pastor Deric resumes the series “The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World” with a message titled ‘Offended at Jesus Because of Unbelief’ based on Mark 6:1-13.

I.     We can reject Jesus by being offended (v. 1-13)

1)   “they took offense” at Jesus  (v. 1-3) 

2)   “they took offense” at His choice of apostles (v. 7-11)

3)   “they took offense” at His call for repentance (v. 12-13)

II.    We can restrict Jesus by unbelief (v. 4-6)


ICEBREAKER:
What is the most amazing fact you know?

1.Jesus received a rather cool reception from the people of his hometown, Nazareth. With this in mind, how do their hostile questions unintentionally help to authenticate Jesus’ life and ministry [Mark 6:1-2]? Examine also Luke 11:14-23; John 3:1-7; and John 8:48-59.

2.What do you learn about Jesus’ family from Mark 6:3? What do you imagine it would have been like to grow up with Jesus as your eldest sibling [cf. Matthew 12:46-50; Luke 2:41-51; and John 7:1-9]?

3.Why do you think “a prophet is not without honour, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household” [Mark 6:4]? What emotions do you think Jesus was feeling when He made this comment [cf. Matthew 14:28-31; Matthew 23:37-39; and Luke 23:34]?

4.From Mark 6:1-6, what are some of the consequences of unbelief that must be avoided [cf. Mark 9:14-24; Acts 19:8-10; and Romans 11:17-24]?

5.How would you apply Jesus’ method of disciple-making from Mark 6:7-9 to today [cf. Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 10:1-12; and John 4:31-38]?

6.What remedies are available for hearts hardened to the gospel [cf. Ezekiel 3:4-11; John 12:36-43; and Romans 2:1-11]?

7.What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“Christ never failed to distinguish between doubt and unbelief. Doubt is can’t believe. Unbelief is won’t believe. Doubt is honesty. Unbelief is obstinacy. Doubt is looking for light. Unbelief is content with darkness.” (Henry Drummond)