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August 30, 2019

Sermon Discussion Questions: The Crucifixion in Gethsemane

Jason Meyer

Pastor for Preaching & Vision

The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon on September 1, “The Crucifixion in Gethsemane” (Mark 14:32–42). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.

Awake and Asleep:

  1. Scene One (Mark 14:32–38)
  2. Scene Two (Mark 14:39–40)
  3. Scene Three (Mark 14:41–42)

Main Point: Jesus prayed to stay totally awake to and aligned with the Father’s plan and purpose and the disciples remain asleep.

Discussion Questions

  • How does this passage relate to Mark 13:32–37?
  • What is the “hour” that has come for Jesus, and what is the “cup” that Jesus wants to pass from him?
  • When approaching death, why does Jesus respond in such a deeply troubled way when others like Socrates were calm and composed and courageous?
  • What is the relationship between the cup at the Lord’s Supper and the cup in Gethsemane?

Application Questions

  • Is your relationship with God in prayer gathering dust or growing with intimacy? What are some ways you can grow in prayer?
  • How does the nature of the Lord’s Supper ground us in the good news of the gospel?
  • What part of this message do you need to share with someone this week?

Prayer Focus
Pray for a grace to see all that the Son purchased for us at the cross, and pray for a grace to refresh and re-awaken our prayer lives and intimacy with God. 

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