1. Read the headings in Mark 3:20-35.

  2. Highlight verses 24, 25, 28, and 35 of chapter 3.

  3. Read Mark 3:20-35.

  4. Consider the following questions.

Why does Jesus' family think he is crazy? (3:21)

What sort of things have you done which might be considered "crazy" by people who are not Christians?

How do Jesus' parables about the kingdom and house and strong man answer the charges of the scribes that he was possessed by Beelzebub (the Devil)?  (3:23-28)

What sins can be forgiven?  What sins cannot be forgiven?  What does this mean for you?  (3:28-29)

What are some of the good ways that Christians are like a family?  What are some of the less positive aspects?  (3:31-35)

Read the explanation to the Second Commandment in Martin Luther's Small Catechism

The graphic used in the borders around the excerpts from Luther's Small Catechism is known as Luther's seal. It pictures a cross on a red heart set at the center of the pure white Messianic Rose (see Song of Solomon 2:1 and Isaiah 35:1) and surrounded by a golden circle to symbolize eternity.