Lk. 3:18-20          Why was John the Baptist locked up in prison by King Herod?

 

Why did Herodias want to kill John (Mk. 6:18-19)?

 

Have you or anyone you know ever been jailed or murdered because you (or they) reproved a civil authority for sin in that person’s life?

If so, who, and when?

 

Mk. 1:32-38, 45          How did Jesus deal here with the pressure of crowds wanting His time and attention for physical healings or spiritual deliverance from demonic spirits?

 

Have you ever been pressured by people (like Jesus was in Mk. 1:38) to do ministry activities that weren’t a part of God’s will for you even though the activities were helpful and good things to do for needy people?

If so, how did you deal with the pressure, and why that particular way?

 

Mk. 2:14-17         How did the religious leaders try to cast doubt about Jesus’ integrity into the minds of His disciples?

 

How did Jesus deal with this situation (Mk. 2:17)?

 

Have religious/churchy people ever tried to cast doubt into your mind as to your spiritual leader’s or trainer’s integrity?

If so, how?

 

And if so, how did you respond to their attempt to do this, and why?

How did or how do you think your spiritual teacher-trainer would handle the situation?

 

Mk. 3:1-7              For what were the religious and political leaders wanting to destroy Jesus (also see Jn. 5:16)?

 

Have any religious or political people ever wanted to do you harm because you did something good, but in the process of your doing so, you broke one of their man-made religious traditions or rules?

If so, what, and when?

 

What was Jesus’ response to these leaders?

 

Mk. 3:20-21         For what reason did Jesus’ own family/people want to take Him into custody by force?

 

[Greek “hoi par autou” means “those from the side of Him” – Wuest’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament, “Mark”, p. 74; or, as it’s commonly used in the LXX, meaning “kinspeople or family” – A.T. Robertson, Word Pictures in the New Testament; it’s a Greek idiom for “kinsmen/family”, Mk. 3:31 – Walvoord, The Bible Knowledge Commentary, New Testament, p. 117].

Has anyone, especially those from your home area (e.g., family, friends, and relatives), ever said anything like this about you or some Christian you know because you/they were following God (doing His will)?

If so, who, when, and why?

 

Mk. 5:2-17            What did the demon-possessed man ask and then request of Jesus (Mk. 5:7)?

 

What would you have done if someone said this to you, and why?

 

What did Jesus do (see also Matt. 8:32; Jn. 6:38)?

 

What did the people ask Jesus to do (Mk. 5:17)?

 

Has anyone ever asked you to leave the area where you were ministering because you were messing up their lifestyle by doing God’s will?

If so, when, where, and why?

 

Mk. 5:38-42; Matt. 9:23-25        What were the people’s response to Jesus’ statement that the girl was not dead but sleeping?

 

What did Jesus then do?

 

Have people ever laughed at you because you believed that God was going to do something that they thought was impossible (e.g., being a full-time, evangelizing missionary without getting a guaranteed salary)?

If so, what, and when?

 

How did you respond to their laughter, and why?

 

Mk. 6:2-6           Why did Jesus’ hometown people take offense at Jesus?

 

What did Jesus say in response to this?

 

Has your family, relatives, or neighbors ever taken offense at you (thought you were prideful) because of your wanting to do or your actually doing God’s will/ministry or your having godly/biblical wisdom because they couldn’t see you as being qualified, since you were just one of them (as far as they were concerned)?

If so, how did you respond to their taking offense at you, and why?

 

Mk. 8:10-13         What did the Pharisees come out and begin to do with Jesus?

 

What was Jesus’ response?

 

Do religious people argue with you to try and test you to see what authority you speak with or do things by (i.e., what credentials you have, like, are you: ordained, a seminary graduate, or a staff member of a tax-exempt, religiously-recognized church or Christian organization)?

If so, how did you respond, and why?

 

Mk. 12:13-17       Why were some religious and political leaders sent to Jesus?

 

Has anyone tried to do this to you?

If so, how did you respond to the situation, and why?

 

How did Jesus respond to His situation?

 

Mk. 13:9-13         What did Jesus warn His disciples about?

 

Has any of this happened to you yet?

If so, what, and when?

 

How do you think you will respond when it does happen to you, and why?

 

Mk. 14:1, 43-65; 15:16-20, 24         What happened to Jesus in the way of pressure or persecution?

 

Has any of this ever happened to you because of your faith in and stand for Christ, God, or the Bible?

If so, what, and when?

 

Lk. 4:1-13             What other kind of pressure did Jesus face besides the physical and mental abuses of the previous passage?

 

How did Jesus deal with this pressure?

 

Have you ever experienced demonic pressures?

If so, how did you deal with them, and why?

 

Lk. 4:24-30          How did the people in Jesus’ hometown react to Jesus’ statements about a prophet not being welcome in his hometown (Lk. 4:28-29) as He spoke the truth to them?

 

What did Jesus do?

 

Has anyone ever reacted to you in a similar way when you spoke the truth to them from Scripture?

If so, when, what was it, and how did you react?

 

Lk. 4:33-35          What kind of person was in the synagogue?

 

Do you think that there are people today in churches or other religious gathering places, who are demon-possessed?

Might this partially explain why so many religious gatherings are so messed up doctrinally?

How did Jesus respond to the possessed person?

 

Have you ever been criticized while at a religious gathering for who you are (an obedient Christian), or for what you know the Bible teaches (e.g., that all Christians are to evangelize the spiritually lost and live Christ-like lives in character as their purpose in life)?

If so, how did you respond to the criticism?

 

Lk. 5:33-35          What were the religious leaders criticizing Jesus’ disciples for (by virtue of the question they asked Jesus)?

 

How did Jesus respond?

 

How often do religious people criticize your disciples/trainees for things that aren’t really wrong?

And how did you deal with it?

 

Lk. 6:1-5           For what else were the religious leaders criticizing Jesus’ disciples/trainees?

 

How did Jesus respond?

 

Have you ever done this to bail out your disciples/trainees?

If so, when?

 

Lk. 6:22-23          Who does Jesus say is blessed?

 

How does Jesus tell them to respond, and why?

 

Have you ever responded this way to that kind of situation?

If so, when, and why?

 

Lk. 20:1-8             For what did the religious leaders confront Jesus?

How did Jesus respond to their questioning confrontation?

Does Jesus seem defensive, and why?

Have people ever questioned your authority to teach the Bible, baptize new Christians, evangelize, or lead a Christian ministry?

If so, what did you say (and would Matt. 28:19-20; Rev. 1:4-6, and 1 Pet. 2:9 have helped with your answer)?

 

Lk. 20:19-25        What did the religious leaders do to Jesus (Lk. 20:20)?

 

Has anyone ever done this to you or someone you know?

If so, how did you or they respond?

How did Jesus respond?

 

Lk. 22:3-6             Who induced Jesus’ disciple to betray Jesus?

 

Have any of your disciples/trainees ever gone back on you and become an enemy of yours?

 

Jn. 7:3-9       Who else taunted (sarcastically mocked, insulted, or challenged) and didn’t believe in Jesus?

 

How did Jesus respond to their taunts?

 

Have your family members ever taunted you about your Christian life, ministry, or plans?

If so, how did you respond, and why?

 

Jn. 7:12-13          Because the people were fearful of the Jews (religious leaders), what didn’t they do?

 

Does the pressure of what people might think of, say to, or do to you cause you to not speak openly about your faith in Christ, and why?

 

Jn. 7:19-24; 8:52             What did the Jews accuse Jesus of?

 

Has anyone ever accused you of this?

If so, how did you respond?

How did Jesus?

 

Jn. 8:12-18        Who accused Jesus of being a liar?

 

Have religious people ever falsely accused you of being a liar?

If so, how did you respond?

How did Jesus respond?

 

Jn. 9:18-23           Why did the blind man’s parents tell the Jews (religious leaders) to ask their son about his healing (Jn. 9:22)?

 

Have you ever given in to pressure for fear of what would happen to you if you openly confessed Jesus as your Savior or planned to obey the teachings of the Bible, and why?

 

Jn. 10:17-20         Besides accusing Jesus of having a demon, what else did the Jews accuse Him of (Jn. 10:20)?

 

Has anyone ever accused you of this because you were speaking truthfully about what God says in the Bible (e.g., that God predestines people and events; that the spiritual gifts of speaking in tongues, prophesying, etc. ended in the 1st century A.D.)?

If so, how did you respond, and why?

 

Jn. 15:18-21         What did Jesus tell His disciples (Jn. 15:20-21)?

 

Have you ever been hated and persecuted for Christ’s sake?

If not, do you think it’s because you’re not a real slave/servant of Christ?

 

Matt. 10:21-23, 35-36           Who will persecute Christians and be his/her enemy?

 

What is your family’s attitude toward you being a Christian or you being an imitator/disciple of Christ’s?

 

And who will hate Christians (Matt. 10:22)?

 

Have you been experiencing this?               If so, how?

 

Matt. 11:18-19         What slanderous remarks did the Jews make toward both John the Baptist and Jesus?

 

How do you think you would respond if people said this of you, and why?

 

Matt. 16:21-23         What did Peter do to Jesus?

 

For what?

How did Jesus respond?

 

Have any of your disciples/trainees ever rebuked you due to their being satanically influenced, and how did you know?

 

Acts 4:1-3         Why were these religious and political leaders greatly disturbed at Peter and John?

 

Has anyone been greatly disturbed when you’ve shared the gospel?

What did they then do to Peter and John?

 

How would you feel if this happened to you, and why?

 

Acts 4:14-23         What was Peter and John’s response to the priest’s command that they not speak or teach in the name of Jesus?

 

What would your response be if some religious or civil authorities did this to you today, and why?

 

Acts 5:40-42         What did the religious leaders do to the apostles?

 

How do you think you would respond to being whipped?

 

And how did they respond?

 

Acts 6:8-12; 7:1, 51-60          What happened to Stephen because of his ministry?

 

How did Stephen respond during this entire ordeal?

 

How do you think you would have responded at each point of this ordeal, and why?

 

Acts 8:1-4         How did the Christians respond to their being persecuted?

 

If someone entered your house and dragged you off to prison, how would you respond, and why?

 

Acts 13:49-52      What happened to Paul and Barnabas?

 

How did Paul and Barnabas respond?

 

How would you have responded, and why?

 

Acts 14:19            What happened to Paul?

 

Do you get the picture now that persecution was a common everyday experience?

Are you still expecting your Christian life to get easier and more comfortable, or harder and more pressuring, and why?

 

Acts 16:16-25      Why were Paul and Silas dragged off to the authorities (chief magistrates)?

 

What was done to Paul and Silas?

 

How did they respond?

 

Acts 20:17-24      In spite of what, didn’t Paul stop teaching and preaching the Gospel to the Ephesian people?

 

How did Paul view his life?

 

How do you view your life in respect to the dangers and possible death that preaching the Gospel might bring?

 

And why?

 

2 Cor. 1:8-10       Of what didn’t Paul and Timothy want these Christians at Corinth to be unaware?

 

Have you ever been burdened excessively beyond your strength, so that you despaired even of life, because you were obedient in living for and serving Christ in evangelizing and building up believers spiritually?

 

2 Cor. 4:7-11       What did the normal Christian life include for Paul and Timothy?

 

Does your daily Christian life include these things?

If not, could it be because you don’t desire what’s expressed in 2 Tim. 3:12?

 

2 Cor. 4:17         What is the present affliction producing for those who are suffering because of their Christian life and ministry?

 

Is this worth your enduring the present afflictions because of your serving Christ, and why?

 

2 Cor. 7:5        When Paul and Timothy came to Macedonia what happened?

 

Have you ever felt like you were being afflicted from every side (family, friends, neighbors, employer, fellow employees, classmates, professors, etc.) because of your obedience to the Bible?

If so, what did you do?

 

2 Cor. 11:23-28     What did Paul go through because he obeyed God in evangelizing the lost and building up believers spiritually?

 

Has any of this ever happened to you, and if so, what?

 

Do you have the daily pressure upon you of concern for anyone or group of Christians (2 Cor. 11:28)?

What kind of pressure would this include?

 

2 Cor. 12:9-10    What was Paul’s attitude toward insults and persecutions for Christ’s sake?

 

What is your attitude toward insults, distresses, and persecutions because of preaching the Gospel, building up and training believers, and/or living a godly life, and why?

 

Phil. 1:12-14        What were two benefits of Paul’s being imprisoned?

 

Can you think of any benefits of you going to jail because you preached the Gospel or lived godly?

If so, what?

 

Phil. 1:29         What was granted to the Philippians for Christ’s sake?

 

How do you feel about God granting this to you, and why?

 

1 Thes. 2:1-2       After Paul, Timothy, and Silvanus had suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, how and what did they do, and in what kind of setting?

 

Have you ever shared the gospel with anyone or in any place amid much (or even any) opposition?

If so, what happened?

 

2 Thes. 1:4-7        Why did Paul, Timothy, and Silvanus speak proudly of these Christians?

 

Why were they suffering (2 Thes. 1:5)?

 

2 Tim. 1:7-8; 2:3          What did Paul ask Timothy to join with him in?

 

Is suffering and hardship something you’d normally want to join in on, or do you normally try to escape or avoid it, and why?

 

2 Tim. 2:8-10       Why does Paul suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal and endure all things?

 

Are you willing to suffer hardship to this extent for this reason, and why?

 

If not for this reason, then for what reason?

 

2 Tim. 4:5, 14-17          Why did Alexander do Paul much harm?

 

What happened at Paul’s first defense?

 

Have you ever suffered harm for teaching biblical truth, and, on top of that, have all your Christian friends desert you when you needed them?

 

[It is not wrong to defend yourself verbally.].

 

Heb. 10:32-34          What had these Christians endured?

 

In what ways did they suffer?

 

What was their attitude toward their property being seized?

 

What are some ways that people could make a public spectacle out of you?

 

Would you be willing to identify and even help out Christians who are imprisoned for the faith or for preaching the Gospel?

Why?

 

What would your attitude be toward the seizure of your property because of your Christian testimony, and why?

 

Heb. 11:24-27       What did Moses rather choose?

 

Why?

 

Why didn’t he fear the wrath of the king?

 

What would you have done, and why?

 

Heb. 12:2-3          Why should we consider Jesus’ example as One who endured hostility by sinners?

 

Have you ever gotten weary of people criticizing you for your involvement in evangelism and building up and training believers and following the Bible literally?

If so, what can you do to prevent becoming weary?

 

James 5:10-11         Of what were the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord an example?

 

What was the outcome of the Lord’s dealings with Job?

 

Does this give you any encouragement to endure the sufferings God will bring or is bringing into your life as a result of your following Christ, and why?

 

1 Pet. 2:19-23      What finds favor with God?

 

What kind of example did Christ leave us to follow?

 

Will you qualify to find favor with God because of your response to suffering?

How do you know?

 

1 Pet. 3:14         Who is blessed?

 

Have you ever suffered for doing what’s right?

If so, when, and what was it?

 

What should we not fear?

 

Have you, and why?

 

Do you fear your opponents’ intimidations?                  Why?

 

1 Pet. 4:4        What do some people do when you don’t participate with them in their sins anymore?

 

Has this ever happened to you?             When, and for what?

 

1 Pet. 4:12-16      At what weren’t these Christians to be surprised?

 

To what degree were they to keep on rejoicing?

 

If you suffer as a Christian, what shouldn’t you do?

 

And what should you do instead?

 

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