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Encounters with Jesus – The Desperate Father, Jairus – Lk. 8:40-56
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Encounters with Jesus – The Desperate Father, Jairus – Lk. 8:40-56

1. Do you think the disciples were glad to be at home among friends?

2. Why did Jairus come to Jesus?

3. What was the synagogue in Jesus’ day?

4. Was Jairus a convert?

5. How do you think Jairus felt at the interruption of the woman and the crowds?

6. Did Jesus seem unconcerned about Jairus’ daughter?

7. How strong was the woman’s faith?

8. Do you think Jairus lost hope when word came that his daughter had died?

9. Did Jairus place blame on the woman, crowds, or Jesus because of their delays?

10. Did Jairus believe, as Jesus told him in verse 50?

11. Why did Jesus select only a few of His disciples to enter Jairus’ house with Him?

12. Do you think this may have been training for their next task?

13. What did Jesus mean when He said the girl was asleep?

14. After Jesus commanded the child to rise did the witnesses believe?

15. Why did Jesus tell them to get the child something to eat?

16. Why were the parents told to tell no one what had happened?

17. How did this encounter with Jesus change all that were present?



Encounters with Jesus – Nicodemus – Jn. 3:1-21
Monday, December 5th, 2011

Encounters with Jesus – Nicodemus – Jn. 3:1-21

1. Who was Nicodemus?

2. Why did Nicodemus speak to Jesus alone and at night?

3. Did Nicodemus say the correct thing to Jesus when they met?

4. Why did Jesus answer him the way He did?

5. What do you think Jesus meant by His words from verses 5 through 8?

6. What was so puzzling to Nicodemus?

7. How did Jesus use His next words to explain both the ease and the difficulty in man’s acceptance of his salvation?

8. What did Jesus describe in verses 13 and 14? Aren’t snakes supposed to be evil?

9. What truth cannot be forgotten in that most often quoted verse 16?

10. From the incredible promise of verse 16; how does Jesus describe the reality of mankind in the rest of the passage?

11. What do you think Nicodemus learned from his encounter with Jesus?



Encounters with Jesus – Jesus and the Swine – Lk. 8:26-39
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Encounters with Jesus – Jesus and the Swine – Lk. 8:26-39

1. Why do you think Jesus left Galilee and sailed with His disciples to the other side of the sea?

2. Did the demon possessed man know Jesus was coming?

3. Jesus was unknown in the region. How did the man recognize Jesus?

4. Are the signs and characteristics of demon possession still around today?

5. What were the demons most afraid of?

6. Did Jesus grant the demons their wish?

7. Did the death of the swine kill the legion of demons?

8. How did the herdsmen react to what they had witnessed?

9. What do think the appearance of the now freed man was like now?

10. What was the reaction of the townspeople?

11. What sort of reactions do we have at things we don’t understand?

12. Why didn’t Jesus allow the “new” man to accompany Him?  Did Jesus give him a purpose?

13.  This again is a two sided encounter with Jesus. What was the outcome of each encounter?

14. How important to Jesus was the task ahead for the ex-demoniac?

15. Do we share that same importance?



Encounters with Jesus – The Desire for Signs – Mt. 12:38-45
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Encounters with Jesus – The Desire for Signs – Mt. 12:38-45

1. Do you think the scribes and Pharisees really thought Jesus was their teacher?

2. The crowd had just witnessed Jesus heal a blind mute man. What sort of sign were the scribes and Pharisees looking for?

3. Why did they ask for a sign?

4. What did Jesus mean when He referred to His enemies as this evil and adulterous generation?

5. How was the sign of Jonah the prophet a description of Jesus?

6. How frightened should the scribes and Pharisees have been at Jesus’ rebuke of their words and actions?

7. Did Jesus again here declare His deity to all who would listen?

8. What important truths did Jesus speak of here in verses 39-42?

9. What do you think the dry or waterless places refer to in verse 43?

10. Why is the house empty? What is missing?

11. What is the ultimate outcome of rejection of the Gospel and unbelief?

12. What can we take away from this encounter with Jesus?



Encounters with Jesus – The Paralytic’s Friends – Mk. 2:1-13
Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Encounters with Jesus – The Paralytic’s Friends – Mk. 2:1-13

1. What brought Jesus back to His home in Capernaum?

2. Why were so many people there? What did they seek?

3. Do you think Jesus may have been looking for some rest?

4. Was the paralyzed man discouraged when he could not be brought to Jesus?

5. What was “in it” for the four men who carried the pallet?

6. How much loyalty and effort did this show towards an outcast in society?

7. Why did Jesus say the man’s sins were forgiven?

8. Whose faith did Jesus commend?

9. What two opposing encounters with Jesus are illustrated in this passage of scripture?

10. What is the difference between forgiveness of sins and to get up and walk?

11. What did Jesus do to prove He is God in front of the crowd?

12. Why was it so hard for the scribes to believe their own eyes?

13. How was their reasoning flawed?

14. How were the people changed by the events in this passage?

15. What effect did this event have on Jesus ministry?