Epistles of Thomas

January 27, 2009

Student questions after reading a Gospel account

Filed under: New Testament — Thomas @ 15:37
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I asked my Sunday school students to read a Gospel account (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) and write down some questions they had as they read. Most chose Mark as it is the shortest, but that’s ok. Below are 27 questions that were asked. A couple are repeats so they will be combined as I address these areas during our semester. Some of the questions are more general ones of a theological nature while others are very specific to a verse that was read.

1. Was Jesus’ occupation as a carpenter significant to his life and ministry and what does this mean for us today?
2. Was Jesus God when he performed miracles?
3. Regarding Mark 10:1-12; Jesus’ comments on divorce and adultery. Is marriage permitted after divorce? What if the spouse committed a crime?
4. Why does Jesus allow himself to be tempted by Satan for forty days in the desert? For what purpose?
5. A great emphasis in Jesus’ ministry was placed on healing and driving out demons. Do people still suffer from demon possession today? How do we know?
6. When Jesus performed a miracle/healing why did he keep commanding the healed person not to tell anyone? (They went and told others anyway).
7. Why was John the Baptist arrested and imprisoned by Herod in the first place?
8. In Matthew why does Jesus sometimes command people not to tell anyone about their healing but in other places he does not?
9. Matthew 12:30-32 mentions the unforgiveable sin. What is blasphemy against the Spirit?
10. Do people need to be baptised to become a Christian? Someone said “I believe in Jesus Christ so I am saved. I don’t have to go to church.” Is this person a true Christian? Will they go to heaven after they die?
11. Why would the teachers of the Law come listen to Jesus; someone who came from nowhere? (Mk 2:6; 3:22).
12. It seems like there were a lot of evil spirits during the time of Jesus (Mk 1:21; 3:15, 22, 30; 5:2, etc.).
13. Why would Jesus teach the crowd using parables and then explain things to his disciples in private? (Mk 4:54).
14. Can evil spirits repent and be forgiven? (Mk 5:7).
15. Why would the evil spirit beg Jesus not to send him out of the area? (Mk 5:10).
16. After the pigs drowned where would the evil spirits have gone? (Mk 5:13).
17. How did Jesus and his disciples manage to travel from place to place so easily?
18. When Jesus came to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom how could he expect people to receive him as their personal saviour before he died?
19. How did Jesus earn a living and support himself?
20. Why would they have needed to identify Jesus with a sign (a kiss)? (Mk 14:44). Everyone would have kissed him when they met him.
21. How did Jesus know that the poor widow gave all the money she had to live on? (Mk 12:44). Do we need to give all we have to live on?
22. Was baptism a common thing before John? What did it represent? Was it a Jewish rite of some kind?
23. Was the voice from heaven when Jesus was baptised heard by all the people who were there?
24. How did Jesus choose his disciples? Did he see them and know? Or did he already know before they had met? (Mk 3:13-19: just “called those he wanted” How?)
25. In Mark 4:33-34 what does it mean when it says “He explained everything” to the disciples (not just through parables)?
26. Why did Jesus sometimes order healed people not to tell, but in other instances (when in large crowds for example) he did not?
27. In Mark 3:11 why did Jesus order the demons not to tell?

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