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Thy Kingdom Come Gospel of Mark // Lent Week 4

Sunday, March 31st 2019

Law and Tradition

Mark 7:1-23

Mark Introduction

If you want to boil the Gospel according to Mark into a couple of themes, you would have to include the Kingdom of God and Discipleship. Mark bypasses much of the discourse found in the other three Gospels, and tracks Jesus and his disciples as they do life together proclaiming and experiencing the life of Jesus and His Kingdom. As we track through this gospel together, you will want to use your favorite commentary to help highlight the deeper context in each scene. In reading this Gospel, you cannot miss the invitation of Jesus to submit your life to Him in every way which results in the true life within the Kingdom of God you were created for.


Best Practices for Missional Community Bible Study Facilitation

-As you begin each study, pray that God will speak to you through his Word.

-Listen attentively to other members. Encourage only Bible reading from phones during the study.

-Work to include everyone’s voice by asking follow-up questions, restating what you heard someone say, and asking for more details to thoughts given by group members.

-It is often helpful for someone to take notes of the discussion and send them out afterwards to reinforce key learnings from the study.

-Pray for one another and be accountable to applying the word of God to your lives.


General Questions:

  1. What does this scripture communicate about the heart of God?
  2. What does it teach us about ourselves?
  3. Does it challenge our thinking/beliefs in a new way?

Sermon Specific Question:

  1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate yourself as a rule follower? Rules and laws are good and necessary. Jesus once posited that those who love him are the ones who obey him. So that’s a big deal. But do you and I follow the rules as a means to self worth?
  2. How would you describe our current culture of comparison both inside and outside the church? In your own experience of comparing yourself to others, has it ever been a permanently life-giving exercise? What can you do to actively resist the culture of comparison?
  3. How can others serve you in love as you seek to love Jesus with your whole heart? During Lent, what specifically are you sensing the Holy Spirit doing in your affection for and towards Him?



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