Mark 12:18-27 18 And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying, 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no offspring. 21 And the second took her, and died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise. 22 And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died. 23 In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.”
24 Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.”
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2016 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
1. Study through Mark 12:18-27 together. What stands out to you and why?
2. Why do you think belief in life after death is the majority opinion in America?
*73% of Americans polled in 2014 said they believe in life after death in general, 80% said they believe in heaven, and 67% said they believe in hell.
3. What reasons do Christians have to believe in life after death? How does Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection play a key role in our confidence of the reality of life after death?
For the sake of clarity, when the word Heaven is used in the following questions, we are referring both to where Jesus is now and Christians go when they die (Matt. 6:9-10, 2 Cor. 5:8, Luke 23:43), as well as our final state with Jesus on the New Earth (Isaiah 65:17, 2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:1).
4. What are some mistaken ideas about what heaven will be like? Why do you think people project such ideas about what heaven is going to be like?
5. When Jesus debated the Sadducees, He used evidence from one of the first five books of the Bible, the book of Moses. Why?
6. Twice Jesus tells the Sadducees they are wrong, the last time saying, “You are quite wrong” (v. 27). What reasons did he give for why they were wrong? How is this an encouragement to rigorously study and believe the Bible with an eye to God’s power? How does Jesus’ condemnation of the Sadducees also serve as a warning to us?
7. In the sermon, pastor Brett pointed out that we need to study the Word in at least three ways: 1) Personally, 2) In Community, and 3) by Receiving Preaching. Why are each of these important? What do we miss if we only do one or two and neglect studying the Bible in all three ways?
8. What do you think Jesus means when he says, “the power of God” in verse 24? How does Romans 1:16 help? 1 Corinthians 1:17-18? How do you think we can best know and trust in God’s power in the gospel? What do you need to change in your life to know “the Scriptures [and] the power of God” (v. 24)?
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