Bible Study

Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We encourage you to spend time examining the following passage(s) of Scripture that shaped this sermon: Mark 16.14-18.

Sermon Outline

  1. How does faith come?
  2. Vacillation and insensitivity – where are you?
  3. Whose Work is it?

Discussion Questions

  • Is the commission given to the disciples (and to every Christian through Scripture) a suggestion or a command? Why is the distinction important?
  • Can you summarize “the gospel” in a few sentences?
  • Steve identified two poles Christians typically vacillate between when it comes to sharing the faith. What are they? With which do you resonate?
  • Why are you hesitant or afraid to share your faith verbally with others? What do you fear will happen?
  • Does it make a difference for you to know that you are not responsible for anyone’s conversion to faith? If yes, why? If no, why?
  • If conversion is God’s part, what is your part?
  • Steve identified three kinds/categories of people. What are they?
  • Steve suggested adopting an outlook of moving everyone you meet – Christian or not – one step closer to Jesus. What do you think about that? What would it look like for you to do that?

Resources Cited/Consulted

  • BST: The Message of Mark, Donald English
  • NINCT: The Gospel of Mark, William Lane


Do you have a question about today’s sermon? Email Steve Wood (SWood@StAndrews.Church).

Audio and Video

You can listen to the sermon by using the player below or via the St Andrew’s Sermon Podcast on iTunes and Spotify.