October 18, 2019
Sermon Discussion Questions: The Burial and Resurrection of Jesus
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon on October 20, “The Burial and Resurrection of Jesus” (Mark 15:40–16:8). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
- The Women at the Cross (Mark 15:40–41)
- Joseph before Pilate (Mark 15:42–46)
- The Women at the Tomb (Mark 15:47–16:8)
Main Point: Mark closes his gospel by saying: “The gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is an event that shatters all our categories and leaves us with shock and awe.”
- In Mark 15:40, Mark says that the women looked at the cross from a distance. What does that mean? How is it a contrast with the centurion noted in the previous verse?
- Why is Joseph of Arimathea such an unlikely disciple? Why did it take courage to do what he did? What are some other surprises in Mark 15:42–46?
- In the sermon, nine ironies were identified in Mark 15:47–16:8. Can you recall some of them?
- If “the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is an event that shatters all our categories and leaves us with shock and awe,” then compare and contrast that response with your current response to the gospel. How can your response change to become more like the original response?
- What is the difference between being “Saturday’s children” and “Sunday’s children”? Which description best fits you? When do you act like Saturday’s children, and when do you fit the profile of Sunday’s children?
- In this message, which truths landed on you that you need to share with others in your life? How can you share these truths? Devote it to prayer!
Pray for a grace to respond to the Resurrection with fresh shock and awe.