A Disciple’s Cross

Questions for Pondering and Discussion

Bobby Warrenburg - May 28, 2023

A Disciple's Cross

Following Jesus

Scripture References: Mark 8:22-38, Mark 9:1

From Series: "Following Jesus"

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Read Mark 8:22 – 9:1:   

     22 And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” 24 And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” 25 Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 And he sent him to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.” 

      27 And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30 And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him. 

     31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” 

      34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”  

     9 And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power.” (ESV) 


  1. Peter gave the right answer to Jesus’s question about who Jesus is; so why did Jesus tell Peter and the disciples not to tell anyone (v.30)?
  2. How does the two-stage healing of the blind man connect to the rest of the story here?
  3. Why did Jesus rebuke Peter?  How would you have felt if you were Peter?
  4. What didn’t Peter understand?
  5. In describing the way Mark organized his gospel, Jeremy Treat said: “God’s Kingdom comes by way of the cross.”  What did he mean?
  6. The path to experiencing the abundant life of God’s Kingdom is not always easy or pleasant in the moment.  If you’ve experienced this in your own life, share about that.
  7. Why have so many Christ-followers throughout the centuries been willing to disadvantage themselves to show love to others in need?
  8. Read the following quote from C.S. Lewis: “God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind, but to produce a new kind of man. It’s not like teaching a horse to jump better and better, but like turning a horse into a winged creature. Of course, once it has got its wings, it will soar over fences which could never have been jumped and thus beat the natural horse at its own game. But there may be a period, while the wings are just beginning to grow, when it cannot do so; and at that stage the lumps on the shoulders – no one could tell by looking at them that they are going to be wings – may even give it an awkward appearance…. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.”  What was Lewis’s point here, and how does it connect to Sunday’s passage and message?    
  9. What did you sense God saying to you through this message?