Joseph of Arimathea — Bold Love (Follow) Mark 15.42-47

Here are the questions for reflection for this week.  These are intended to be used by individuals during their personal devotions or small groups, Bible studies, or Sunday School classes.


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~Pastor Matt

  1. Read through the first part of verse 43. How is Joseph of Arimathea described?  What does it mean that he was a “prominent member of the Council” and that he was “waiting on the kingdom of God”?
  2. Mark tells us in verse 43 that Joseph “went boldly to Pilate” and asked for Jesus’ body. What was so bold about Joseph’s request? What was he risking, if anything?
  3. In verses 44-47 five people are listed as witnesses that Jesus was dead – the centurion, Pilate, Joseph, Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary. Why is it important to know that Jesus actually died? How would this passage speak to those who still say today that Jesus merely appeared to die on the cross?
  4. In the legal code of the Old Testament (specifically in Numbers 19.11-22) it says that touching a dead body makes someone unclean and intricate ceremonies are needed to make one clean again. Now read verse 46. What does this say to you about Joseph’s love for Jesus?
  5. The love that Joseph showed Jesus was quite bold, even though he literally could get nothing in return since Jesus was dead. How bold is our love for Jesus today? What might prevent us from being as bold as Joseph was?  How do you think we can demonstrate a bit more boldness?

Takeaway: What is one BOLD way that you can demonstrate love for Jesus in your life his week?


Mary and Martha: Being and Doing (Luke 10.38-42)


Here are the Questions for Reflection for last week’s sermon.  I hope you enjoy them!

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Pastor Matt

  1. How familiar are you with Luke 10.38-42, the story of Jesus visiting the home of Martha and Mary? Do you like this passage of Scripture? Why or why not?
  2. What is the main thing we can learn from this passage? What can we learn from Jesus here? What can we learn from Martha?  What can we learn from Mary?
  3. In verse 39 we are told that Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to his teaching, which was a common way to talk about discipleship in the ancient world. However, back then it was quite rare for women to be allowed to be disciples in this way. What does this tell you about Jesus?  What does it tell you about Mary?
  4. The Greek word in verse 40 for “preparations” is diakonia, which means “service” and is where we get the English words “deacon” and “deaconate.” Does knowing that Martha was engaged in service in this passage change the way you think about her? If so, in what way?  If not, why not?
  5. The conversation between Jesus and Martha in verses 40-42 reveals that she is comparing herself to Mary, which is causing her lots of anxiety and is preventing her from learning from Jesus well in this moment. How common is Martha’s comparison issue for both men and women today? How can we prevent this problem?