Sermon Debrief – Does Jesus Want Us to Hurt Ourselves?

How well do you remember this past weekend’s sermon? Test your recall below. If you missed it, here’s the link to watch before you attempt the questions.

Sermon review questions:

  1. The word for “sin” that Jesus uses in the text, Mark 9:42-50, literally means …
  2. In Mark 9:43, Jesus says if your hand causes you to sin, you should …
  3. James 1:14-15 teaches that desire gives birth to sin and sin gives birth to …
  4. The sermon referred to righteous alternatives for our eyes, hands, and feet. What examples were given?
  5. In the beginning of the text, Jesus shows special concern for …

Answers are below!


  1. To stumble or cause to fall. (Watch your step!)
  2. Cut it off. (The general consensus is that Jesus is speaking in hyperbole, or exaggerated statements, to emphasize His point: Sin is serious business! Sin separates us from God!)
  3. Death.
  4. Fix your eyes on Jesus. (Hebrews 12:2) Open your hand to the needy and poor. (Deuteronomy 15:11) With beautiful feet, go and declare the Gospel. (Romans 10:15)
  5. The “little ones.” (Mark 9:42)

Prayer prompts based on the sermon:

  • To reject temptation and choose God’s righteous alternatives for our eyes, hands, and feet.
  • To be a positive example to others, especially the “little ones” in our midst.
  • For a godly perspective on all things, including the challenges many faced with heat and water last week.
  • Thanksgiving for the Holy Spirit’s guidance for our eyes, hands, feet, and all things.

Did you catch the first installment of a series of short videos on prayer? It’s super short (two minutes), highly visual, and easily shareable! Here it is.

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Published by Christopher Kennedy

Senior Pastor at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, School, and Child Care in San Antonio, Texas. Husband to my beloved Ashley. Dad to the four most wonderful children in the world.

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