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Santhosh Thomas

Santhosh is one of our pastors, with special responsibility for overseeing our small groups and various teaching and discipleship programmes. Born and raised in London, he has previously worked in churches in Oxford and Central London. He’s married to Jess and along with their three young children they enjoy sport, swings and meeting new people!

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This section is bracketed (v11,27) by Jesus in the Jerusalem Temple and punctuated by the initially puzzling account of the cursed fig tree. As so often, Mark’s storytelling weaves different elements side by side to shed light on one another. One writer described this section as ‘The Barren Temple and the Withered Tree’. Jesus’ judgment upon the tree is a warning against the fruitless religion of the Temple. 

  1. (12-14) Does Jesus’s actions towards the fig tree seem harsh? 
  2. (15-17) What has gone wrong in the temple courts according to Jesus? 
  3. (18-19) What motivates the religious leaders’ reaction against Jesus? 
  4. (20-25) What is the ‘right’ response to seeing the fruitless fig tree cursed? 
  5. How might Jesus’s challenging words against the fruitless and prayerless Jerusalem Temple apply to us? 
  6. How might Jesus’ encouraging words about the power of prayer & reconciliation apply to us?

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Santhosh Thomas

Santhosh is one of our pastors, with special responsibility for overseeing our small groups and various teaching and discipleship programmes. Born and raised in London, he has previously worked in churches in Oxford and Central London. He’s married to Jess and along with their three young children they enjoy sport, swings and meeting new people!

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