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!

If you have any thoughts, suggestions, questions, or comments, please contact me directly at mbarnes@discoverthejoy.com.  Thanks!

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?

James and John: Want to Be Great? (Mark 10.35-45)

Here are the Questions for Reflection for this week!

  1. From almost any perspective it appears that the request James and John make in verse 35 is shocking. Why do you think they made this request? What makes it shocking?  Do we ever make similarly shocking kinds of requests of Jesus?  If so, like what?
  2. What does Jesus mean when he uses the words “cup” and “baptism” in verse 38? Do you think James and John understand what Jesus meant when they answer in verse 39? How do we still experience Jesus’ “cup” and “baptism” today?
  3. Read Mark 15.27. How does this verse help make sense of Mark 10.35-40, especially regarding who will be on Jesus right and left in glory? What does this teach us about human definitions of glory versus Jesus’ definition of glory?
  4. What does it mean to “lord it over them” in verse 42? Have you ever had a leader over you “lord it over” you? Has this ever happened in a church you’ve been a part of?  How should Christian leaders be different from leaders who don’t follow Jesus?
  5. Look over verses 42-45. What in these verses really stands out to you as the most needed advice for followers of Jesus today? Why did you pick what you did?  What are some ways that we can live this advice out in our everyday lives?

If you have any thoughts, suggestions, or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!  My email address is mbarnes@discoverthejoy.com.  Thanks!

Pastor Matt