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May 2019

 

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may 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 10:32-52

SUMMARY OF TEXT
For the third time, Jesus foretells his death and resurrection, explicitly communicating that the Messiah will suffer and eventually be crucified. James and John respond by asking for power and control in the Kingdom of God, still not grasping that the upside-down way of the Kingdom is one of service and selfless sacrifice. We then see a blind beggar beg for Jesus to have mercy on his state, not caring that others around him are telling him to be quiet. His faith posture of helplessness prompts Jesus to serve him and make him whole.

JESUS CONNECTION
Jesus, referred to by the blind man as the Son of David, is the true and better King who came to earth not to be served, but will instead give his life on the cross as a ransom for the sins of the world.

Mark 10:42-45
42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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

  2. What does Jesus say about the posture of the ones who are “great” in His Kingdom?

  3. Jesus is the one who came to serve us by dying on a Roman cross, even when we often clamor for position and power. How does knowing this about ourselves and Jesus stir our affections toward Kingdom service?

  4. How might dwelling on these truths regarding greatness and service in the Kingdom change the way we live in the world?


MARK 11:1-14

SUMMARY OF TEXT
Jesus rides into Jerusalem as the Messianic King, but its not fully what you would expect of one who is supposed to be a great conquering warrior. He rides in on a donkey, and though there were many who were praising Him, His entry into Jerusalem is anti-climactic. He simply walks into the temple, looks around, and then heads back to Bethany to stay the night with His disciples.

JESUS CONNECTION
Jesus is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophesy and He truly is a conquering King. However, He chooses to reign over sin and death finally and completely by dying on a cross and rising again, truly saving us from sin and all it’s effects. And the Kingdom He is bringing is not simply a new temporary Davidic kingdom; He is bringing the eternal Kingdom of God to bear on this world.

Mark 11:8-10
And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”

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

  2. Compare Jesus’ “triumphal entry” to what you would typically expect of a warrior king.

  3. What does this teach us about true power and strength in the Kingdom of God?

  4. How might knowing that Jesus is a King who reigns in humility and meekness change the way we operate as His Kingdom citizens?

  5. This story shows us a Messianic King who brings an everlasting Kingdom that will ultimately triumph over sin and death. How might knowing this encourage us as we engage the world to see God’s Kingdom advance?


MARK 11:12-25

SUMMARY OF TEXT
After Jesus observes the temple the night before, the next day He and His disciples begin their journey back to the Temple Mount. The story of the fig tree as they are on their way serves as a real life parable of what God is going to do with the temple and it’s leaders: reveal the hypocrisy, pride, and exploitation of the immigrant and the poor and the trampling of God’s glory. And just to make sure His own disciples don’t miss the point, He makes sure to remind and teach them that their access to God is direct, because in Christ, the Word has made His dwelling among us.

JESUS CONNECTION
As Jesus dies on the cross and the veil is torn, we are reminded that Jesus is the true temple who will be destroyed to make a way for the glory of God to be let out of the Most Holy Place and to bring all the nations into His Kingdom. He is also the true once and for all Passover sacrifice who was slain to atone for the sins of the world, providing true and unfettered access to God. This access is no longer dependent on a religious system or an individual, but instead it is solely on the basis of faith in this Messianic King Jesus.

Mark 11:17
17 And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.”

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

  2. List some of the reasons Jesus might have been filled with righteous indignation when he saw what was going on in the temple.

  3. In the cross and resurrection, Jesus does away with the need for the temple and animal sacrifice once and for all. How does this encourage us as His people?

  4. All those who are in Jesus become living stones as the temple of God (the church), called to operate as a witness to the world about the good news of Jesus, the gospel. How does this truth encourage us? What warnings are there for us from this story?


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.