Sunday, February 17th, 2019
The Book of Mark
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 Question:
- In Mark 1:17 and 2:14 Jesus calls Simon, Andrew and Levi to follow Him. They immediately got up and left to follow Him.
• What do you think went through their minds when Jesus called them to follow Him?
• What might have gone through your mind if you were in their shoes?
• What does it look like for us to get up and follow Him today?
- Read Mark 3:31-35. Jesus says whoever does the will of God is His brother and sister and mother.
• What does this say to you about the nature of Jesus?
• How does this impact you in your walk and relationship with Jesus?