The Ministry to Seafarers (M2S)

Mark 13 Conversation Starter

Thank you for joining us in listening to Mark 13! If you haven't listened to it yet, you can do so here. Access a written copy of Mark 13 in the NLT here.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this passage of scripture. Below are some questions that made us think. Feel free to answer one or all of them! You can also comment with any other questions or thoughts about the chapter.

Discussion Questions

1. Mark 13 begins with one of Jesus' disciples admiring the temple. Jesus told him that the temple would be torn down completely—not one stone would be left on another! When Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked when this would happen and what the signs of it would be, Jesus no longer specifically addressed the temple. Instead, he talked about the Son of Man (His!) return. Jesus says that EVERYTHING will be destroyed. Both heaven and earth will pass away.
-How does it make you feel that both heaven and earth will pass away?

-How does this change or not change the way you view your purpose in life?

-What will last forever?
2. Throughout His ministry, Jesus confronted those whose religion was superficial and called them to live for God—not honor or wealth. In 2 Peter 3:10-12, the apostle Peter repeats some of the truths we heard in Mark 13:
"But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming."
-How would you answer Peter's question? "Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be?"

-Why is it tempting to live for things that are not going to last?
3. We learn in this chapter that only the Father knows when Jesus is going to return. Jesus says that this should make us even more faithful with the work God has given us to do! We don't want to be "sleeping" when Jesus returns!
- What distracts us or makes it difficult to "stay awake" spiritually? When do you "fall asleep" to living for God?
4. Jesus told His disciples (then everyone in verse 37) to "watch" and "be on guard" multiple times in this chapter. 
-What does Jesus say to watch for and be on guard against?

-There will be false prophets who say they are the Messiah. How will we know when Jesus actually returns (see verses 24-27)?

-Why do you or don't you want Jesus to come back soon?
5. In this passage, Jesus told the disciples what some of the signs of the end times and His return will be, There will be wars, natural disasters, and betrayal within families. Some of these signs are like birth pains.
-Which of these signs do you see in our world right now?

-Why do you think Jesus describes these signs as birth pains? What does this tell you about the signs?
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