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August 2019

 

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august 2019


time of discussion


personal abiding practices

  1. How has the Spirit been working as you abide in Jesus through your personal time in the Word recently?

  2. How has the Spirit been working as you abide in Jesus by communing with him in prayer?


group abiding & Active practices
HEAD, heart, hands

What truths do we need to know and believe?
What affections should we guide our heart toward as a result of this truth?
Where do we need to follow in joyful obedience?

PRAYER DIRECTIVES

  1. Head - Confess your need for the Spirit to guide you into all truth. Jesus is the Truth, and without His working on our hearts, no amount of teaching and logic will transform our beliefs and actions.

  2. Heart - Confess your need for the Spirit to grant right affections, emotions, and desires. Our hearts are prone to chase false gods and ideologies of this age, and we cannot perform or force our way into godly affections and desires.

  3. Hands - Confess your need as a group for the Spirit to guide you into right action. Confess your need for the Spirit to give perseverance and courage to obey what it is He is calling you to. Without Him, we will only think about obedience, but will not actually follow Him in what He is leading us to do.


MARK 14:12-25

SUMMARY OF TEXT
In this passage, Mark tells of the last meal Jesus will have with His disciples before He goes to the cross to be killed at the hands of sinners. This meal is a Passover feast and Jesus is the presider over this gathering. During the meal, Jesus shockingly predicts His betrayal by one of those in the room, and the disciples wonder if they may be the one to accidentally give Jesus over. Jesus also redefines the traditional Passover meal by revealing definitively that the bread and juice represent His body and blood.

JESUS CONNECTION
Jesus and His followers partake in the Passover meal, which was established to remember Israel’s deliverance from Egypt in the first exodus story. Jesus makes it abundantly clear that He is the true Passover Lamb who will bring salvation from sins, and that only in Him is true redemption found. Jesus also promises that even after He dies and His blood is poured out, He will still drink again of the cup, but this time it will be with all His followers anew in the Kingdom of God.

Mark 14:22-25
22 And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

  1. What are some things that stood out to you from this text in general or from the sermon?

  2. The entire history of the nation of Israel was leading up and giving meaning to this sovereign moment in the life of Jesus. Discuss the wonder of this and how these truths engage our mind.

  3. Jesus is the true Passover Lamb who was poured out for the salvation of many. How should this truth lead or transform our emotions? How should this truth lead or transform our actions?

  4. How might dwelling on the truths in this passage change the way we view God? ourselves? other believers? unbelievers?


MARK 14:26-52

SUMMARY OF TEXT
Jesus, knowing the truth of the Scripture, predicts the falling away of His disciples and Peter’s denial. Peter and all the disciples emphatically disagree and commit to staying with Jesus even unto death. As Jesus heads to Gethsemane to enter into a time of prayer and surrender, His three closest disciples can’t stay awake with Him for even one hour. Though He knows He will be all alone, Jesus still surrenders to the will of His Father, trusting His plan for the redemption of the world. As He finishes praying, Judas enters the garden with a crowd of religious leaders to betray Jesus. Silently and humbly, Jesus surrenders, and just as He prophesied, all of His disciples leave Him and flee away.

JESUS CONNECTION
In this passage, we see the faithfulness and trust of Jesus on clear display in stark contrast to the weakness and faithlessness of His disciples. Though Jesus knew He would be forsaken and put to death, He was the true King who stayed the course, serving us by giving His life as a ransom for our souls. He is the only One in whom we can place our faith and trust when all around us gives way. After His resurrection, Jesus restored the disciples and entrusted them with the spread of the gospel message.

Mark 14:27-28
27 And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.”

Mark 14:36
36
And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

Mark 14:50
48
And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.” 50 And they all left him and fled.

  1. What are some things that stood out to you from this text in general or from the sermons?

  2. What does this text reveal to us about our own good intentions to stay true and faithful to Jesus?

  3. Discuss the surrender of Jesus to His Father when He said, “Not what I will, but what you will.” How does this encourage us?

  4. After the disciples forsook Jesus, He then restored them and used them to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth. How does this text encourage us as a Missional Community in our missionary identity?

MARK 14:53-65

SUMMARY OF TEXT
Jesus is brought before the High Priest and religious leaders and questioned in regards to His claims of being the Messiah. The whole trial is a farce, seeking to find grounds with which they could silence Jesus once and for all. The fact that the witnesses do not agree prove that justice is not the main goal. Getting rid of Jesus is. And though He has the power to fight back with words or actions, He remains silent other than speaking the truth about His identity. The guards then mock him and beat him in response to His statement of truth.

JESUS CONNECTION
Jesus fulfills Isaiah 53 as He is led like a lamb to the slaughter. Though He does not feel the need to defend Himself from violence, He speaks the truth about His identity and the resurrection power that He possessed. Later, after He physically rises from the dead and returns to His Father, the disciples preached to these same religious hypocrites that there is mercy for all those who call on the name of Jesus. All are welcome to repent and believe in this King, even religious hypocrites whose sin placed Jesus on the cross.

Mark 14:60-62
60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” 61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”

  1. What are some things that stood out to you from this text in general or from the sermon?

  2. Discuss the ways in which we can act as religious hypocrites, trying to silence, sidestep, or redefine Jesus and the way of His Kingdom.

  3. What are some ways for us as a family to hold each other accountable to following and trusting in the real Jesus, fighting the temptation to make Him into our own image?

  4. When we find ourselves being religious hypocrites, redefining God into our own image, what is the appropriate response?


time of planning


family

  1. Regarding your family identity as a Missional Community, were there any ideas that came up during discussion that you would like to plan to do in the coming month? If not, discuss ideas now.

  2. Is there a person or family you could invite to join you at this family gathering?

  3. If anyone plans to ask, stop right now and pray for these people by name, asking God to give boldness to those people who will be inviting others, and favor with those people they plan to invite.


mission

  1. Regarding your servant and missionary identities as a Missional Community, were there any ideas that came up during discussion that you would like to plan to do in the coming month? If not, discuss some ideas now.

  2. If you have a specific group of people or a place that you plan to go to, take time now to pray for that group of people.

  3. As individuals, how do you plan to prepare your heart for this outward-focused gathering?


Flex Week

  1. Where are you feeling the Spirit leading you in regards to your fourth time of gathering this month?

prayer directives to close

  1. Ask the Spirit to give you perseverance as a group to obey what he has called you to.

  2. Ask the Spirit for unity as a group and that he would help each of you to believe that he has made you family by the blood of the Son, Jesus Christ.

  3. Ask the Spirit to guide you during this upcoming month as you scatter on mission to the world around you in your various roles.