Interacting With Jesus: James and John
Read Mark 1:16-20
- Where did Jesus find James and John?
- What can you learn about them? Their work? Their social status?
- What did Jesus say to these four fishermen? What do you think it meant to them?
- How would following Jesus change their lives? What would it cost them?
- In Mark 3:17, Jesus gives them a nickname. What is it?
- What does this tell you about them?
Read Luke 9:46-56
- What attitudes did the disciples have in these two incidents?
- What were they concerned about?
- What did they disagree over?
- What did Jesus teach his disciples about greatness?
- Who do you consider to be great?
- Why is it hard to follow Jesus’ teaching on greatness?
- What things confuse us? What do we base our judgements on?
- How did John react to this teaching?
- What the man doing whom John criticized? What was he not doing?
- How does John view himself and the other 12 disciples?
- How did James and John react to these events?
- What does this tell you about the brothers?
- How does this show they still haven’t learned Jesus’ lesson on greatness?
- How well do you receive rebuke?
Rea Mark 10:32-45
- What was Jesus discussing? What can you learn from James and John by their response?
- What did James and John want? What was good? What wasn’t?
- What question did Jesus ask them? What does their answer show about them?
- Why did Jesus refuse to let them sit to his left and right?
- What warning did he give them?
- How did the other disciples react to all of this? What does this show about them?
- What emotions do you imagine Jesus was feeling? James and John? The other disciples?
- What did Jesus want his followers to realize?
- What would happen if leaders you know followed the pattern Jesus taught?
- What ambitions are okay for a Christian to have?
- What is the purpose of Jesus’ life and death?
- How did Jesus live out the principle he wanted his followers to learn?
- What do you learn about Jesus from these interactions?