At-Home Bible Study

This page contains an interactive Bible study that you can do at home.  These Bible studies are changed each week, and they coordinate with the Bible lessons taught in Morningside's Sunday School each Sunday.

The At-Home Bible Study is easy to use.  Simply print this page, get your Bible and a pen or pencil, and begin learning.  If your Bible isnít handy, click on the verse references to read the Bible verses on your computer screen.  The studies are interactive, so you will be asked to read specific scripture verses and answer questions.  You'll be amazed how much you will learn from God's Word, the Bible.

Bookmark this page and come back each week to study the Bible in your own home.  To further your Bible learning, come to Sunday School at Morningside Baptist Church each Sunday at 8:45 a.m.

Introduction Map This Quarter's Lessons
 

March 8, 2015

Mark 2:1-22

Forgiveness for Sinners

 

 

 

Have you ever hurt someoneís feelings?  Whether it was through a careless word or deed, an angry outburst, or an intentional desire to harm, you caused offense and hurt to another person.  What happened as a result of your offense?  How was your relationship with that person affected?  You probably didnít feel as close to or open with that person as before.  You might have tried to avoid him or even justify your hurtful action (ďHe had it comingĒ).

What had to take place before your relationship with that person could be restored?  You had to go back to him, admit your wrong, and ask forgiveness.  Only then could things be right again.

Man, because of his sin, has offended holy God.  Our sin breaks or stifles our relationship with God.  In Mark 2 you will learn that Jesus came to bring forgiveness so we can be right with Him.

Mk. 2:1-2

Jesus went to Capernaum (see the  Map).  What happened while He was there?

 

Mk. 2:3

Four men brought a paralyzed man to be healed.

 

Mk. 2:4

What did the men do to get their friend to Jesus?

 

Mk. 2:5

What did Jesus do for the paralyzed man?

 

Mk. 2:6-7

Why did Jesusí words bother the scribes?

 

Scribes were the Jewish religious leaders responsible for carefully hand copying Godís Word.  As such, they were regarded as experts in the Old Testament Law.  These scribes knew from their study of the scriptures that only God can forgive sins.  This is true and makes perfect sense: sin is an offense against God so only God can forgive it.  Donít ever believe any person who claims to be able to forgive sins.

Mk. 2:8-9

Jesus knew what they were thinking.  What did He ask them?

 

 

It is much easier to say someone is forgiven Ė there is no outward, visible sign of forgiveness.  But if you tell a paralyzed person to get up off his sickbed and walk that is a very visible sign.

Mk. 2:10

Why was Jesus going to heal the man?

 

Mk. 2:11-12

What happened when Jesus told the man to get up?

 

Jesus healed the paralyzed man to show that He can forgive sins.

Mk. 2:13-14

Levi (Matthew) was a tax collector.  Everyone knew tax collectors were dishonest sinners.  What did he do when Jesus called him?

 

Matthew hosted a big party so his sinful friends could meet Jesus.

Mk. 2:15

Who was Jesus eating with?

 

Mk. 2:16

The Pharisees were the religious conservatives of the day.  They thought associating with sinners made them ceremonially unclean.  What did the scribes and Pharisees think about Jesus eating with publicans (tax collectors) and sinners?

 

Mk. 2:17

Who did Jesus say He came to call?

 

The self-righteous Jewish religious leaders didnít think they had done anything wrong, so they didnít think they needed to repent.  The tax collectors and sinners knew they werenít right with God so they were open to Jesusí message.  His mission was to the sinners.

Mk. 2:18-20

Next, Jesus was questioned about fasting.  When did He say His followers would fast?

 

Mk. 2:21

What did He say not to do with an old garment?

 

Why?

 

Mk. 2:22

The word bottles literally refers to leather bags.  What did Jesus say not to put in an old wineskin?

 

Why?

 

Jesus didnít come to put a patch or Band-Aid on our sin problem, He came to forgive sin and give people new life in Him.

Concluding Thoughts: Letís review.  Jesus healed the paralyzed man to show that He had the right to forgive the manís sin.  When reading that story we often focus on the four friends, the roof, or the miraculous healing, but Jesus was far more concerned about the manís sin than about his sickness.  Jesus forgave his sin.

Jesus went to eat with Matthewís wicked friends because He was far more concerned about their sin than about His reputation.  He ate with them to tell them how their sins could be forgiven.

Jesus made it very clear that He came to bring forgiveness and new life to sinners.  Here is the key truth from this lesson: we need to follow Jesus for forgiveness of our sins.  He alone can give it.

What about you?  Do you need forgiveness?  You may be like the paralyzed man: your sin problem is not as obvious as other outward problems, but it is your biggest problem.  Or you may be like Matthewís friends: everyone knows you are a sinner.

Either way, your sin separates you from God (Isa. 59:2).  The only way to fix your problem is to confess your sins to God and ask for His forgiveness.  Why donít you do that right now?

 

Project: Memorize Mark 2:17.  Confess your sins every day and as soon as you recognize them.

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