Jesus Teaches People - January 31, 2021

Bible Study “Jesus Teaches People”

 

Share:  Your highs (something that made you happy) and lows (something that made you sad) this week with others around you or write them down.

 

Opening Prayer: Help us, God, to figure out what you call us to do.  Amen

 

Think about different ways in which we learn and write them up on a sheet of paper.  (We learn by following an example, watching someone else, reading or following instructions and rules, through our experiences, seeing something, reading, etc.) Keep this in mind as we enter into the story.

 

Who is this man? He now has a little band of raw recruits – eager to serve yet largely clueless. Does Jesus send them off to school? No. He shows them. He models the behavior that will form disciples. He teaches with authority. He is right where they are – not way over their heads. He heals when he notices it is needed. Who he is speaks powerfully: as one with authority.

 

In this reading, there is a man with “an unclean spirit”.  Do you know what this means?  At that time people had no concept of viruses or even germs, of mental illness, nor of many diseases now recognized, such as Hodgkin’s disease, cerebral palsy, etc. If a person was incapacitated, people assumed the person had an “unclean spirit.”

 

Please open your Bibles to Mark 1:21-28 and read or read the scriptures below. 

 

Mark 1:21-28  

21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. 23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, 24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

25 “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” 26 The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.

27 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” 28 News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.

 

Reflection Questions:

 

Click her for the young learner’s lesson

 

Videos (Click on the words or url)

Jesus Casts Out an Evil Spirit - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-t-I1_98LM

The Gospel – Mark 1:21-28  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxY84nsuv38

 

Activities

Crossword Puzzle:

Word Search: https://thewordsearch.com/puzzle/1911381/jesus-teaches-people/

 

Not good thoughts: You are starting on your homework or working on a project and all of a sudden you think: “I can’t do this – it is just too hard.”  What other kinds of ‘not good’ thoughts cause you to lose confidence in our abilities.

Write some of these “not good” messages on a piece of paper.

Read verse 25 again. 25 “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” With your own words describe what Jesus would want us to do about negative thoughts. What might we say? (Something like: “Jesus wants you outta here!”)

Write the words in the scripture or the words that you came up with next to the “not good” message.  It will remind you that God is taking these thoughts away from you.  Jesus takes these words and these feelings from us, wanting us to be whole.

Then, write a statement or many statements of positive thoughts – in your own words

Getting Closure:  Do you remember that Jesus wants us to be well, both in our bodies and in our thoughts.

Write a Story: What are some of the most amazing things you have ever seen? Think about them for a moment. Whenever we see something truly amazing, we get overwhelmed. It leaves a profound impact on us. We are often able to go back in our minds and relive the experience.

 

Prayer:  Thank you, God, for helping us to stop putting ourselves down. Amen