Questions for Small Group Discussion

Based on the sermon of March 18, 2018 – Mark 10:45 “The Ransom of the Cross”

1. When you were young, what were some of your parents’ worries about you? Do you think parents’ worries for their children are any different today?


2. What concepts from Sunday’s sermon particularly got your attention? Are there points you would like to discuss together?

3. Give one-word descriptions of the cross of Jesus.

Why do you think Jesus used the word “ransom” for his death?

4. Read Mark 10:32-45. What was the context of Jesus’ comment that he came to serve and give his life a ransom for many?

On several occasions, when Jesus taught that he had to go to Jerusalem and die, it triggered contention between the disciples. (See, for example, Mark 9:21-35 and Luke 22:22-27.) Why?

In what way was giving his life as a ransom the ultimate demonstration of servanthood by Jesus? Compare Philippians 2:5-8.

5. “Ransom” and “redeem” are use in several ways in the Old Testament. Read Deuteronomy 7:7-8. What motivated God to redeem his people from Egyptian slavery?

What motivated Jesus to give his life to redeem us?

6. What kind of emotions would be involved for a person who was taken hostage for ransom? Why are many people today insensible even of their need for a spiritual ransom to be paid?


7. When you personalize the ransom of the cross, how does it make you feel to realize Jesus gave his life so you could be redeemed from bondage to sin and death?

What are some appropriate ways to respond to what Jesus did for us at the cross? See 1 Peter 1:17-19; Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 2:21-24; 2 Corinthians 5:15.