Passage: Mark 13:1–13:37
- Eschatology is the study of the last days. Do you think the church has made too much or too little of eschatology? Why?
- Read Mark 13:5-6, 21-23. The first birth pain of the last days is people claiming to be the Christ or a savior. How can we be on guard against false christs? Do you think popular Bible teachers can sometimes become a false christ for us?
- Read Mark 13:7-8, 14-20. The second birth pain is wars and natural disasters. When we see wars and disasters, should we be alarmed? Should we listen to people who use wars and disasters to predict the timing of Christ’s return?
- Read Mark 13:9-13. The third birth pain is persecution and the worldwide spread of the gospel. Persecution and the spread of the gospel seem to go hand in hand in the history of the church. Why is that? Where do you need to endure in the opposition you face for the gospel?
- Read Mark 13:24-27. How does the return of Christ encourage you to endure (v. 13) in the middle of the “birth pains”?
- Read Mark 13:32-37. Mark 13 seems clear: We don’t know when Christ is going to return! But we’re called to be on guard and keep watch for his return. How do we do that?