Chapter 1 Questions:

  1. Mark often uses the word “immediately” throughout his gospel to show Jesus’ power and to show the urgent need to get the news about Jesus spread to others. How many times does he use “immediately” in chapter 1 (ESV)? For what reasons? 
  2. How is John’s baptism similar to Jesus’s baptism? How are they different?


Chapter 2 Questions:

  1. Why did Jesus perform miracles? (v12)
  2. The Pharisees had made the Sabbath into a legalistic law for man. (v23) Can we today become too legalistic and forget what God’s commandments are even for? How so? 


Chapter 3 Questions:

  1. Blasphemy is most often defined as a form of “defiant irreverence.” In other words, to actively deny something. What does it mean to blaspheme the Holy Spirit? (v29) Can a person be a Christian while also blaspheming the spirit? 
  2. How does doing God’s will relate to being included in his family? (v35) What is the will of God? 


Chapter 4 Questions:

  1. Read verses 1-20. Describe someone who would be: 1) seed that falls along the path and is devoured 2) seed that falls on rocky soil 3) seed that fell among thorns 4) seed that fall in the good soil. 
  2. Read verses 21-25. How are you helping to put the light on a stand? 


Chapter 5 Questions: 

  1. Verse 19 shows us one of the best ways to evangelize. How are you acting out verse 19 in your life? 
  2. In verse 7 we see that demons have a belief of Jesus’s existence and power. In verse 34, we see a woman being healed because she has faith in Jesus. What is the difference in having a belief of Jesus and having faith in him?

Chapter 6 Questions:

  1. Jesus marveled at many of his family and friends from his hometown because of their unbelief (v6). However, Jesus and many others throughout the Bible are willing to give up family and friends for their faith. Why is Christianity worth giving up our closest relationships?
  2. Why does Jesus call his disciples to rest with him (v31)? Oftentimes in Scripture, we see Jesus going off by himself to rest. We also see the example of God showing us a need for rest in giving the Israelites the Sabbath. Why do you think God desires for us to rest? How can it help you spiritually? 
  3. Why do you think the crowd seemed like sheep without a shepherd to Jesus in verse 34? 

Chapter 7 Questions: 

  1. How can we worship God in vain? Can it ever be easy for you to do this? If so, how do you plan on keeping yourself from hurting God in this way? (v6-7)
  2. What defiles a person? (v14-23)
  3. Do you ever see anyone holding to traditions of man rather than the commandments of God (v8)? Have you ever held onto or are you holding onto any traditions that get in the way of your relationship with God? 

Chapter 8 Questions: 

  1. Jesus discovered the disciples talking about their lack of bread after they had witnessed him feeding thousands with hardly any food (v14-21). Have you ever forgotten about all that God has done for you when facing a time of trouble? What has God done for you?  
  2. Peter confesses Jesus as the Christ in verse 29, but Jesus rebukes him and calls him Satan soon after because his mind is not on the things of the Spirit, but on the things of man. How hard is it for you to go throughout your day focusing on the spiritual side of things rather than the physical? In what aspect of your life do you struggle with this most?  
  3. What does taking up your cross (v34) mean? Why do you think Jesus commands us to take up our crosses to follow him?