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June 2019

 

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june 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

*Leader Tip: Encourage a different member of your group to lead in prayer for each directive.

  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 11:27-12:12

SUMMARY OF TEXT
After Jesus cursed the temple and the sacrificial system, the chief priests, scribes, and elders sought to destroy Him, so they come up to Jesus to ask a question challenging His authority. Jesus responds to their questioning with a parable about a man who owned a vineyard and the group of tenants he leased the vineyard to. Instead of caring for the vineyard, the group of tenants sought to hijack the master’s inheritance and usurp it for their own purposes. They beat servant after servant that the master had sent to gather fruit, so eventually the master sent his own son, thinking the tenants would have respect for him. But the tenants saw an opportunity for more power and control and instead of respecting and honoring the son, they killed him. Jesus ends the parable with a rhetorical question to the religious leaders, “What will the owner of the vineyard do?” He then proceeds to quote from the Old Testament about the cornerstone that had been rejected.

JESUS CONNECTION
Jesus is clearly the son in the parable that He told. The Father sent Him to the house of Israel to gather fruit, and in this parable, He prophesies his own death. The verse He quotes in Mark 12:10-11 makes it clear that though this stone will be rejected, the Lord will raise Him up and He will become the cornerstone of a new Kingdom people.

Mark 12:7-11
But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ And they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not read this Scripture:

“‘The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
11 this was the Lord's doing,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”

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

  2. What was the reasoning the tenants gave for wanting to kill the son (the heir)?

  3. Jesus was rejected by men, but raised up and approved by His Father. How does this truth teach and encourage us as we seek to display and declare the gospel to the world around us?

  4. How might dwelling on the truths in this passage change the way we deal with rejection in the world?


MARK 12:13-17

SUMMARY OF TEXT
The Pharisees and the Herodians join forces to continue the challenging questioning of King Jesus. In this passage, they seek to back Him into a corner by asking Him a question regarding taxes, trying to force Him to choose sides between honoring God or honoring the government. Jesus, seeing right through their hypocrisy answers the question brilliantly, getting to the heart of the matter. As He has them bring Him a coin and asks whose image is on it, He is getting after the fact that God’s image is stamped on the heart of every human, so everything we have belongs to God. This doesn’t mean we get out of giving to Caesar that which is his. Rather, we can give freely, because at the end of the day, God is sovereign over all creation and He will work out His purposes for His glory. He holds even the king’s heart in his hand.

JESUS CONNECTION
King Jesus is the exact imprint of the nature of God, the fullness of His glory in human form. He is the true human who lived a life devoted to God and His glory and surrendered Himself to His Father, even unto death. In His life, death, burial, and resurrection, He perfectly imaged the love of Yahweh to the entire world.

Mark 12:15-17
15 But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” 16 And they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar's.” 17 Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” And they marveled at him.

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

  2. What do you think Jesus meant when He said to render to Caesar that which is Caesar’s? How does this change the way we live today?

  3. What do you think Jesus meant when He said to render to God that which is God’s? How does this change the way we live?

  4. This story reveals Jesus as the perfect human on our behalf. How might dwelling on this truth guide our affections toward loving Jesus and His word?


MARK 12:18-27

SUMMARY OF TEXT
The next bit of questioning and attempted entrapment of Jesus comes from the Sadducees, who denied the resurrection. The Sadducees essentially ask a leading question about how the resurrection could be possible in light of some examples of men and women being married to more than one earthly spouse. Jesus doesn’t pull any punches and tells them directly that they are wrong because they don’t know the Scriptures (like they thought they did) and they don’t know the power of God. He goes on to remind them of a passage where Yahweh tells Moses that He is currently the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, even though these men had already died. He then definitively states that those who are Yahweh’s will ultimately remain alive, because He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. Resurrection might seem impossible through an earthly frame of mind, but with God, all things are possible.

JESUS CONNECTION
Jesus is the one who would be resurrected from the dead just a few days later, proving once and for all that death has no hold on Him and that the grave is no match for His power.

Mark 12:26-27
26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.”

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

  2. What were the two reasons Jesus gave as to why the Sadducees were wrong?

  3. As followers of Jesus, how does this challenge to the Sadducees exhort us?

  4. The resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate proof that God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. How does this truth encourage our hearts? How does this truth call us to action?

MARK 12:28-34

SUMMARY OF TEXT
In this interaction with Jesus, we see a single man who comes up to Jesus as opposed to an entire group, and this man’s question seems to be a little more sincere than we have seen up to this point. The scribe poses to Jesus a question about which commandment is the most weighty of them all and Jesus responds by quoting the Great Shema, a passage from Deuteronomy 6 that commands Israel to love Yahweh with all their heart, soul, and might. He also combines this quote with another one from Leviticus 19 that commands Israel to love their neighbor as themselves. Together, Jesus says, these make up the greatest of all the commandments that have ever been given. The scribe agrees with Jesus and even adds that he believes these two commands are greater than the entirety of the sacrificial system. Jesus encourages and warns the scribe with a single response, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”

JESUS CONNECTION
Jesus is the one who perfectly loved His Father by completely surrendering His life to the Father’s will. He also is the one who perfectly loved others by laying down His life to give them new hearts that can love God and love others as they have been called to do.

Mark 12:29-31
29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

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

  2. What are the two parts of the greatest command according to Jesus?

  3. Discuss the weight of these two commands. Is loving God and loving others something that you do on a regular, consistent basis?

  4. Jesus is the one who perfectly obeys the command to love God and love others. In doing so, He is the fulfillment of the entire law who gives us a new heart like His that now desires to obey this chief two-gold command. How does this make us feel? How does this call us to act?


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.