â–ª The word “defile” is used seven times in this passage. When you think of the word “defile” what comes to mind? What does the word “defile” mean?
â–ª Read Mark 7:1-13. To go above the line of Scripture is to add to Scripture (legalism). To go below the line is to subtract (license). In what ways do you tend to go above or below the line of Scripture?
â–ª Read Mark 7:14-15. William Barclay says verse 15 may be the most revolutionary verse in the whole New Testament. Do you agree with him? Why or why not?
â–ª Read Mark 7:17-23. Is there anybody who has a clean heart? If not, what can we do about our heart problem? What is the application of Mark 7:1-23?
â–ª Read Ezekiel 36:25-27. These verses point forward to the new covenant. They tell us that we need a new heart. How do we get a new heart? (cf. Jn. 3:1-8, 16)