Brave Hearts Ministry

Mark


Memory Verse: “Take courage.  It is I. Do not be afraid.”(Mark 6:50)

 

Facts about Mark

 

Author: Mark, also known as John Mark

Written to: Roman or Gentile Christians

Main Theme: “Christ, the Tireless Servant of God and Man”

Features: Shortest of the four Gospels; 19 miracles are recorded in this book

Location: Second book of the New Testament

 

Overview

 

Lesson #1 Jesus the Healer          Mark 1:29-45

Lesson #2 Jesus Feeds the 5000   Mark 6:30-44; 8:1-10

Lesson #3 Jesus as a Servant        Mark 10: 35-45

Lesson #4 He Died for Us            Mark 15:21-41

Lesson #5 He is Risen                   Mark 16:1-13

 

Lesson #1 Jesus the Healer, Read Mark 1:29-45

 

            “As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew.  Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her.  So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up.  The fever left her and she began to wait on them.

            That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed.  The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases.  He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.

            Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.  Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is looking for you!’

            Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else – to the nearby villages – so I can preach there also.  That is why I have home.’  So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

            A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’

            Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’  Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.

            Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: ‘See that you don’t tell this to anyone.  But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.’  Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news.  As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places.  Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.”

 

 

Questions:

 

  1. What types of healing did Jesus do in this chapter? (Healed people with fevers, diseases, possessed, leper, vs. 31,34,41)
  2. When did Jesus pray? (Early in the morning, vs. 35)
  3. How did he pray? (He was alone, vs. 35)
  4. Why is it important that Jesus prayed alone? (He needed to get wisdom and strength from his Father).
  5. What about us? Should we pray alone? (Yes, for the same reason as Jesus)
  6. Jesus touched and healed a man who had leprosy.  Ask the children if they know what leprosy is? (Disease that leaves sores on the skin; highly contagious, people with leprosy were isolated from the rest of their family so that it would not spread)
  7. Why was it important that Jesus healed this man by touching him? (No one would go near this man, but Jesus did.  He not only went near him, Jesus touched him; Jesus heals anyone with an open heart).

 

Summary:  Jesus healed people in the New Testament times, and he still heals today.  God calls us to pray for the sick, to lay hands on them, and to pray in the name of Jesus for healing. 

 

Lesson #2 Jesus Feeds the 5000, Read Mark 6:30-44

 

            “The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught.  Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’

            So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.  But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.  So he began teaching them many things.

            By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. ‘This is a remote place,’ they said, ‘and it’s already very late.  Send the people away so they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.’

            But he answered, ‘You give them something to eat.’

            They said to him, ‘That would take eight months of a man’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?’

            ‘How many loaves do you have?’ he asked. ‘Go and see.’

            When they found out, they said, ‘Five – and two fish.’

            Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.  So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.  Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves.  Then he gave them to his disciples to set before the people.  He also divided the two fish among them all.  They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish.  The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.”

Questions:

 

1.          Why were so many people gathered around Jesus? (He was teaching them, vs. 34).

2.          How long did the people listen to Jesus? (All day, vs. 35)

3.          At the end of the day, what did his disciples want Jesus to tell the people? (They wanted to send them away to find food in the nearby villages, v. 36).

4.          What was Jesus’ response? (“Give them food to eat”, vs. 37).

5.          How did Jesus feed the 5000? (He took five loaves and two fishes, prayed, and broke the bread).

6.          How much food was left over? (12 baskets of bread/fish, vs. 43)

7.          The same thing happened in chapter 8.  The disciples had seen Jesus feed the 5000, and yet they doubted in 8:4.  Why do you think they questioned Jesus?

8.          Why do people doubt Jesus today? (answers will vary)

 

Summary:  Jesus is our provider.  He provides food, shelter, resources for all of us.  We need to trust in His ability to take care of us.

 

Lesson #3: Jesus the Servant, Read Mark 10:35-45

 

            “Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. ‘Teacher,’ they said, ‘we want you to do for us whatever we ask.’

            ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ he asked.

            They replied, ‘Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.’

            ‘You don’t know what you are asking,’ Jesus said. ‘Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?’

            ‘We can,’ they answered.

            Jesus said to them, ‘You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant.  These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.

            When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John.  Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that those who are regarded s rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  Not so with you.  Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be a servant of all.  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

 

Questions:

 

1.          Which of the disciples were asking Jesus to sit on His right and left side in heaven? (James and John, vs. 35)

2.          What was Jesus’ response? (Jesus said it was not in his authority to seat James and John beside him in heaven, vs. 40).

3.          Read vs. 45 again.  What do you think Jesus meant by that? (Jesus came as a servant to minister to all people, and to give his life so that all may enter the kingdom of God).

4.          How can we follow Jesus’ example and be a servant to those around us? (let the kids provide examples of being a servant at home, at school, at church).

5.          Being a servant is to be Christ-like.  We are called to be Christ-like as Christians.  Is there anyone in your life who is a model of being a servant?  Who is that? (Let the kids talk about the people in their lives who exhibit servant-leadership).

 

Summary:  Jesus came to meet us where we are.  Serving others is a great way to express love.  It does not cost anything, but shows Christ’s love.  Help us to think of others before ourselves and to show servant-leadership in all aspects of our lives.

 

Lesson #4: He died for Us, Read 15: 22-41

 

            “They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull).  Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.  And they crucified him.  Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.

            It was the third hour when they crucified him. The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS.  They crucified two robbers with him, one on his right and one on his left.  Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, ‘So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!’

            In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves.  ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘But he can’t save himself!  Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.’ Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

            At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour.  And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthni?’ – which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’

            When some of those standing near heard this, they said, ‘Listen, he’s calling Elijah.’

            One man ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink.  ‘Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,’ he said.

            With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

            The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.  And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, ‘Surely this man was the Son of God!’

            Some women were watching from a distance.  Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.  In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs.  Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.”

 

 

Questions:

 

  1. What does it mean to be crucified? (Jesus was nailed to a cross, death came by asphyxiation from the weight of the body pulling on the lungs)
  2. People mocked Jesus when he hung on the cross.  What did they say? (“save thyself, and come down”, vs. 30).
  3. Jesus had the power to come down off of that cross.  Why do you think that he did not? (He knew that he was the way for people to have forgiveness and to have eternal life with God.  He needed to be the sacrifice for all of us.  He also needed to die so that he could be risen from the dead).
  4. How does it make you feel to know that Jesus personally died for your sins so that you can have relationship with God? (answers will vary)
  5. Jesus make the ultimate sacrifice for us.  In what ways can we make sacrifices for him? (provide some examples from your own life, let the kids come up with examples).

 

Summary:  Jesus died so that we could have eternal life with God.  There is no greater sacrifice.  We need to acknowledge that sacrifice for the gift that it was.

 

Lesson #5: He is Risen, Read 16:1-13

 

            “When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body.  Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, ‘Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?’

            But when the looked up, they was that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.  AS they entered the tomb, they was a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

            ‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said.  ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified.  He has risen! He is not here.  See the place where they laid him.  But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee.  There you will see him, just as he told you.’

            Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb.  They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

            When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons.  She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping.  When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.

            Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country.  These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.

            Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.”

 

 

Questions:      

 

1.          Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James, were the first to know that Jesus had risen from the dead.  Who did they talk to at the tomb? (An angel, vs. 5)

2.          What did the angel tell them? (Do not be afraid, Jesus is risen, go tell the disciples, vs.6,7)

3.          What did Jesus tell his disciples? (The great commission, vs. 15-18).

4.          After he talked to the disciples, where did Jesus go? Tto sit at the right hand of God, vs. 19).

5.          When the disciples went to preach the gospel, did they go alone? (No. The Lord was working with them, vs. 20)

6.          Are you ever alone after you accept Jesus into your heart? (No – He is with you always).

7.          Lead the children in a prayer to accept Jesus into their hearts.

 

Summary:  The greatest gift we can ever have is to accept Jesus into hearts.  He will be with us always – through good times and difficult times.  He will provide healing, comfort, peace, wisdom to all who ask.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scripture was taken from the “NIV Sports Devotional Bible” (2002). Zondervan Publishers: Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Posted 1.12.09