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July 2019

 

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july 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 12:35-44 & 14:1-11

SUMMARY OF TEXT
In both of these passages, Mark tells the story of two unexpected characters pouring out everything they had for the sake of Jesus. These stories signify the cost of following Jesus, but also that He is well worth losing everything for. They are real life pictures and examples that reveal how followers of Jesus are expected to follow Him with their whole being, trusting that He is worth it.

JESUS CONNECTION
Jesus is not calling His followers to do anything that He is not doing Himself. He is the one who, though we were worthless, gave up His very life that we might be brought into the family of God. And His resurrection validates that it truly is worth losing all to follow this Jesus.

Mark 12:42-44
42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box.44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Mark 14:6-9
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But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me.8 She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. 9 And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

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

  2. In the context of Jesus as the King and Suffering Servant, why do you think Mark shares the stories of these women?

  3. Looking back on these stories through the lens of the cross of Jesus, what feelings and affections does this encourage us to pursue?

  4. How might dwelling on the truths in this passage change the way we spend our resources (time, talents, and treasure)?


MARK 13

SUMMARY OF TEXT
Mark 13 is one of the most difficult passages to clearly understand in all of the Bible. Many good scholars and church leaders have differed on the details Jesus shares with His disciples in this text. However, the main things Jesus covers are the destruction of the physical temple, the normal suffering of the human life, the authority of the Son of Man, and a challenge for God’s people to stay awake and continue in the Kingdom work He has entrusted to them.

JESUS CONNECTION
Though the timeline and details of this passage can be confusing, one thing is clear - King Jesus reigns with power and authority and He will return to consummate His Kingdom. The implication of Jesus reigning is that His people are to earnestly labor for the cause of the Kingdom, trusting in the truth that when all is said and done, in spite of suffering, persecution, and loss, King Jesus has and will win the war.

Mark 13:26-27
26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

Mark 13:33-37
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Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

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

  2. Discuss whether or not your Missional Community lives as a people that believes that Jesus is King and that He reigns over all aspects of life.

  3. How can we as a Missional Community encourage each other to “stay awake” and believe the truth that King Jesus reigns and He is returning to put all things to right.

  4. What are ways we can labor for the Kingdom, each with our work (v34), until King Jesus returns to consummate His Kingdom?


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.