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June 2, 2017

Sermon Discussion Questions: When Does Fasting Dishonor God?

Jason Meyer

Pastor for Preaching & Vision

The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon on June 3/4, “When Does Fasting Dishonor God?” (Mark 2:18–22). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.


  1. The Challenge (v. 18)
  2. The Response (vv. 19–22)

Main Point: Fasting dishonors God when it is disconnected from the coming of Christ.

Discussion Questions

  • Why was it inappropriate for the disciples of Jesus to fast? Use Jesus’ example of the wedding in your answer.
  • Why did Jesus give the examples of patching a garment and putting wine in a wineskin? What did those pictures represent in terms of the religious tradition of the Jews and the coming of Christ?
  • Why was it an explosive metaphor for Jesus to speak of himself as the bridegroom? When would the bridegroom be taken away?

Application Questions

  • Are there traditions or practices that we add to the Bible that are disconnected from Christ? What are some examples you have heard about—or even practiced?
  • In your everyday life, what difference does it make to see Jesus as the bridegroom and you as the bride?
  • What is “Christian hedonism”? Does it describe the way that you picture your relationship with Christ?
  • In this message, what truths landed upon you that you need to share with others in your life? How can you share these truths? Devote it to prayer!

Prayer Focus

Pray for a grace to rejoice in the Lord as you wait with steadfast hope for the wedding feast to come and the removal of all the reasons for fasting.