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Monday, July 16, 2007

The Rich Young Ruler Mark 10: 17 - 22

The Bible Story for the coming week is the Rich Young Ruler in Mark 10: 17 - 22. You may read and hear the story here.

Questions for discussion:

1. Why did Jesus ask "Why do you call me 'good'?" in response to this young man?

2. What does it mean to "inherit" eternal life?

3. Why does Jesus link inheriting eternal life to keeping the commandments? (Suggested readings: Exodus 19,20; Romans 12: 1, 2; Ephesians 2: 1 - 10)

4. Just before Jesus told the man something that made him sorrowful, it said Jesus "loved him". How does that fit in to this story?

5. Though the young man claims to have kept the commandments from his youth, does anything about this passage make you think he was fooling himself?

Bible Story Handouts for this story can be found here. (This handout is based on the text in Luke 18:18-27)