Weekly Sermon Discussion Questions

Sep. 16, 2018 – The Choice to Lose One’s Life for Christ’s Sake

Read Mark 8:27-38.

As Jesus and his disciples walk through a place that honours lord Caesar, Jesus asks a general question: “Who do people say that I am?” (v. 27)

  1. Who or what is honoured as “lord: where you live and work?
  2. What are some public opinions about Jesus in our society?

Jesus asks a personal question: “But who do you say that I am?” Read Peter’s response. (v. 29) The Messiah (in Greek, “the Christ”) was the one Jewish people hoped for. (e.g., to act as a political rescuer)

  1. How did Jesus describe the Messiah (or Son of Man)? (v. 31) Why did Peter react so strongly? (v. 32)
  2. Why did Jesus rebuke Peter so severely? (v. 33) How did Peter’s rebuke in v. 32 pose real, devilish temptation for Jesus?

Read vv. 34-37.

  1. What is the difference between choosing to suffer for the purposes of Christ and being a victim or a doormat?
  2. To what specific form of humility, service or chosen suffering is Christ leading you?