Word Studies for the Week of June 3, 2018

June 3 ● The Urgent Gospel: The Point of Worship ● Mark 2:23-3:6

What are some of the norms of behavior that have faded out in your lifetime? Why did they go away?

How are rules helpful to organize one’s life? What blessings do they impart?

When do rules become burdensome? How do you know a rule is not working for its community?

Why does Jesus argue that the disciples should be plucking the grain? When should we be willing set aside otherwise good rules?

What would make the Pharisees want to work with the enemies to destroy Jesus? What does that say about our relationship with the rules we follow?

What are the central points of Christian worship? What is it supposed to do? How do we know when it is doing what it is supposed to?

Does Jesus healing on the Sabbath reveal what our worship should be all about? If so what should it all be about?

Explain in your own words the meaning of the verse “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; Mark 2:27 (NRSV).




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