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December 7, 2018

Sermon Discussion Questions: Why Christ Came

Jason Meyer

Pastor for Preaching & Vision

The following discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon on December 9, “Why Christ Came” (Mark 10:35–45). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.


  1. The Dysfunction of the Disciples (Mark 10:35–41)
    • The Question of James and John (Mark 10:35–37)
    • The Conversation With Jesus (Mark 10:38–40)
    • The Conflict Among the Disciples (Mark 10:41)
  2. The Counsel of Christ (Mark 10:42–45)
    • The Call to Serve (Mark 10:42–44)
    • The Reason to Serve (Mark 10:45)

Main Point: We serve because he first served us.

Discussion Questions

  • Why did Jesus say that James and John didn’t really understand what they were asking? What were they missing?
  • Why were the rest of the disciples indignant with James and John?
  • What is the difference between how the world understands greatness and how people in the kingdom understand greatness?
  • What does it mean that Jesus came to “give his life as a ransom”?
  • What is the relationship between Mark 10:42–44 and Mark 10:45? In other words, what is the relationship between our serving and Jesus’ serving?

Application Questions

  • Have you ever thought of love as something you can’t do in a truly worshipful way (not idolatrous) apart from Christ?
  • What part of the message spoke to you in what you are facing now and where you are at today?
  • What things from the sermon stood out to you that you can share with an unbelieving friend? What things from the sermon would you share with a believing friend?

Prayer Focus
Pray for a grace to grow in serving as our eyes are lovingly fixed on Jesus and how he first served us.

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