Bible Proficiency Project
Week 11, 3/16 - 3/21, 2020

I.     Monday — Matthew 15:32-39, Mark 8:1-10   4,000 fed

1.     This story seems very similar to the feeding of the 5,000. In what are the recipients different?

2.    In what other ways do the two stories differ?

II.    Tuesday — Matthew 16:1-12, Mark 8:11-22  Pharisees

1.     Why did the Pharisees and Sadducees come to Jesus?

2.    What does Jesus mean by the “leaven” of the Pharisees and Sadducees?

3.    What does that teach us about the importance of true doctrine and the nature of false doctrine?

4.    In what way is there a similarity between the disciples and the blind man (Compare Mt 16:12 & Mk 8:24)?

III.   Wednesday — Matthew 16:13-28, Mark 8:27-9:1, Luke 9:18-27  Peter’s Confession

1.     What is the significance of Jesus favorite self-designation as “the Son of Man”?

2.    What does Peter’s answer to Jesus’ question say about the progress of the disciples understanding?

3.    What important thing does Jesus begin to teach His disciples from this point on (Mt 16:21-23)?

4.    What is Peter’s misconception that comes out in Mk 8:32-33?

5.    What is the call of the true disciple in Mt. 16:24 & Mk 8:34 and what is to come first in our lives?

6.    Is Jesus’ statement in Mk 8:36 & Lk 9:25 reasonable?


IV.   Thursday – Matthew 17:1-13, Mark 9:2-13, Luke 9:28-36  The Transfiguration

1.     Why do you think Jesus only took three disciples up on the mountain?

2.    What do you think this transfiguration revealed in Jesus?

3.    Who was the Elijah that was to come and in what way was he like Jesus?

4.    According to Mk 9:10 what was still a mystery to the disciples?

V.   Friday — Matthew 17:14-23, Mark 9:14-32, Luke 9:37-45  A Faithless Generation

1.     Why did Jesus say the disciples could not heal the epileptic?

2.    What lesson is there here about our faith even though we believe in Jesus?

3.    When Jesus speaks of the faith of a mustard seed does He mean this literally? What form of speech is this?

4.    What are we to think about the disciples inability to understand that Jesus was to be crucified?

VI.  Saturday —Matthew 17:24-18:9, Mark 9:33-50, Luke 9:46-50  On Being a Disciple

1.     In what way does Jesus paying the tax speak to the two kingdoms?

2.    What kind of person does Jesus say is necessary one must one to be great in the kingdom of heaven?

3.    What is the mark of one who is not in the kingdom of heaven according to Mt 18:6?

4.    Is Jesus speaking literally in Mt 18:8-9, Mk 9:43? If not why not? What is this form of language?

5.    How might Lk 9:50 apply to the church today?


I.     Monday

1.     In this encounter the Gentiles are the benefactors where in the feeding of the 5,000 it was a Jewish crowd.

2.    The number of loaves, baskets, and people are also different.

II.    Tuesday

1.     To test Him to find fault in Him.

2.    Jesus was warning about the teaching of the Pharisees that was legalistic and burdensome and missed the

       mark of God’s mercy. But even more so Jesus was warning about the unbelief of the Pharisees who sought

       to dissuade people from believing in Jesus.

3.    One must ground themselves in the  true doctrine of Scripture in order to identify and protect the church

       from false doctrine. False doctrine is like leaven in that if it is not checked will spread throughout the whole


4.    Both needed Jesus to open their eyes so that they could see truly. One physically and the others spiritually


III.    Wednesday

1.     This title comes from the Book of Daniel 7:13 and is a designation not to Jesus humanity but an

       identification of His being the divine Son who was in heaven and was given the rule of eternal dominion.

2.    Peter here is to be seen as the spokesman for all of the disciples and from this is becomes apparent that

       they now believe He is the Christ, the Son of God, even though they still do not fully understand the

       implications of that.

3.    That His coming was for the purpose of suffering and dying on the cross as a sacrifice for sins and be

       raised again the third day.

4.    That Peter still has the idea that Jesus has come to set up a kingdom on earth for the benefit of the Jews –

       mindful of the things of men is another way of saying worldly concerns.

5.    Self-denial to prepare one to follow Christ sacrificially.

6.    In human terms we call this a cost-benefit analysis. When people say that faith is not based on reason they

       only reveal an utter lack of understanding what God’s Word teaches.

IV.   Thursday

1.     These three disciples were the leadership within the twelve. They would become responsible for directing

       the others in the mission of the church and as such they are honored here by the Lord.  Moreover, they

       were not to speak of what happened until after Jesus had risen from the dead.

2.    This would have been a glimpse of Jesus in His divine glory – a kind of epiphany (revealing) of what Jesus

       appears as in heaven.

3.    Jesus makes clear that the promise of Elijah who would come before the Messiah (Malachi 3:1, 4:5) is

       fulfilled by John the Baptist. Both of them would be rejected by the religious leaders and ultimately

       martyred by the political powers.

4.    Jesus’ resurrection from the dead on the third day. This becomes obvious by the way they respond during

       the three days before they find out He was raised from the dead.

V.    Friday

1.     Because of unbelief.

2.    That while our faith is a true faith it is still hindered by the weakness of the flesh causing our faith to be

       hindered by doubt. The Christian will continue to grow in faith in the course of their whole life, but never

       this side of death will it be unhindered faith. So the disciple says Lord, I believe, help my unbelief (Mark


3.    (Mt. 17:20) Jesus is employing hyperbolic (a form of exaggerated speech used as a literary device to 

       emphasize a point) language to illustrate that the faith of the believer is very small compared to what one 

       day it will be when we are delivered into God’s presence.

4.    Sometimes we equate the quality of the disciples’ faith with our own and fail to account that this is pre-

       pentecost for the disciples where the Holy Spirit is sent to dwell in them.  There is also the reality that we

       all must grow not only in what we know is taught in the Bible but in our belief of what is revealed.

VI.   Saturday

1.     Jesus is teaching that even though we do not belong to this world, even as strangers we want to live in

       peace with the authority of this world as much as is possible.

2.    One who first and foremost sees themselves as dependent like a child and then also willingly serves others

       and is not boastful of their position or power but willingly sees them as less than others.

3.    Those who teach people to sin and who teach contrary to the Word of God.

4.    He again employs hyperbolic language to illustrate the seriousness with which we ought to view sin.

5.    When there might be the temptation to see those who do not view God’s Word the same way we do but

       are faithful in seeking to worship God according to the Bible as somehow being outside of the “true”

       church, we are to view them not as enemies but as doing the Lord’s work (like a Billy Graham).