Sunday, April 7th 2019
Rejection & Opposition
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.
- What does this scripture communicate about the heart of God?
- What does it teach us about ourselves?
- Does it challenge our thinking/beliefs in a new way?
Sermon Specific Questions:
- What particular practice are you participating in this season to lean into resistance? Why? If you haven’t yet, I would encourage you to pray about what that might look for you for the rest of the season.
- What is a scenario where God has moved in your life in which you resisted His movement and leading? What was the result of that?
- Where are areas of the church that are “comfortable” that you think God is wanting to shake up? What role do you see yourself playing in leading the church in that area?