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Sermon, Sunday February 12, 2017

This Sunday, we continue our sermon series, Inside Out, looking at Mark 6:1-6.

Mark 6:1-6 (NIV)

A Prophet Without Honor

Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.

“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.

Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

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Sermon Study Questions: Mark 6:1-6

  1. This passage is entitled, ‘A Prophet without Honour’. Have you experienced something similar to what Jesus experiences here?  For instance, have you ever felt unseen or unknown by the one’s ‘own peeps’?  Can you think of an example when you were dishonoured?  Can you think of a time when you felt honoured?
  2. What stands out to you the most in this passage? Why?
  3. What is the connection between the lack of faith in the people and Jesus’ ability to do miracles in that place? Can you tell of a time when you lacked faith that Jesus could or would do something for you or in you, and He did it anyway?  Or of a time when you sense your lack of faith in who He is did affect the outcome? Again, explore the connection between your faith and Jesus’ ability.
  4. Read Mark 6:7-12. What do you notice?  (Or what notices you!).   What do you think of Jesus’ instructions in verse 11? How does it relate to the first 6 verses in Mark 6?
  5. Where does love and compassion come into this passage? Does anything about this passage (the first 12 verses) surprise you about Jesus?

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