Bible Study: Follow the Leader


Bible Study Questions – Mark 10:35-45

What are the most popular current models of leaders and leadership styles?

How do you think Jesus would define leadership?

Who are some of the greatest leaders in the Bible? What characteristics do they share?  1 Samuel 13:14

What are James and John really asking in verses 35-37?  What do they really want?  What were these “seats”? 1 Kings 2:19; Psalm 110:1

James and John betray a misconception about the Messiah and his kingdom in their question. What is the misconception? Mark 8:31; James 4:3

What kind of “glory” do they envision Jesus entering into?

What is “the cup” and the “baptism” Jesus is talking about? Psalm 11:6, 75:8; Isaiah 51:17,22; Jeremiah 25:15-17, 27-28 – Job 22:10-11; Psalm 18:16; 42:7; Isaiah 43:2

What do you think Jesus mean by “to sit at my right or left is not mine to grant…it is for those for whom it has been prepared”?

Because this passage reveals to us the heart of idolatry. What is idolatry? Is it literally worshipping stone statues?

What lesson should the disciples have already learned from back in Mark 9:33-37?

How does Jesus’ understanding of greatness, power and authority differ from that of the Gentile rulers?

What is the challenge in governing Biblically in today’s society?

Why is “leadership by serving” the best method?

How do Jesus’ words to James and John change your attitude about power and authority?

What is your view of the kingdom of God today? Can you easily explain that to someone else?

What are some ways you can show leadership by serving?

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