time of discussion
personal abiding practices
How has the Spirit been working as you abide in Jesus through your personal time in the Word recently?
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?
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.
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.
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.
SUMMARY OF TEXT
In this passage, we see some women come to the tomb of Jesus early Sunday morning, the first day of the week. When the women arrive, they see that the stone has already been rolled away and that Jesus is no longer in the grave. A young man tells them to not be alarmed because He is risen, and commands them to go and tell the disciples that Jesus is going before them. The story of Mark ends with the women leaving in fear and astonishment, not exactly knowing what to do with this incredible news.
The connection is clear. Jesus has risen from the dead, and in so doing, He has conquered sin and all the evil effects of the fall. This is terrifyingly good news for sinners and doubters. Jesus will go before His disciples and restore them, eventually using them to launch His church as the ones who will share this good news to the entire world. We, too, are a part of this ongoing story of redemption, hope, and resurrection.
5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. 6 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” 8 And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
What are some things that stood out to you from this text in general or from the sermon? Take some time to discuss how this series through the book of Mark affected you as a whole.
Discuss why the resurrection matters.
Share how the good news of the resurrection of Jesus might cause us to feel.
Share how the good news of the resurrection of Jesus should cause us to act.
WISDOM & LIFE | PROVERBS 1
SUMMARY OF TEXT
“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance... The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Prov. 1:5, 7) In week one of our new series on Proverbs, we spent time looking at how the Proverbs relate to all of life and call us to true wisdom, chiefly found in the person and work of Jesus. The book of Proverbs is not just full of helpful tips to give us a better; it is a pathway to skillful living. When our affections and actions don’t measure up to what we are called, we run to the good news of Jesus, which has the power to transform our hearts and lives.
Proverbs consistently repeats the principle that the end of folly is death and the end of wisdom is life. All of us, no matter how much we try, fall short of true wisdom. And our folly inevitably leads to death without someone stepping in. Thankfully, Jesus entered into the end of death on our behalf and through his life, death, and resurrection, gives us the power to live truly transformed lives that are wholesome and right. Because of Jesus, Proverbs is good news for those of us stumbling through life looking for true answers.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
20 Wisdom cries aloud in the street,
in the markets she raises her voice;
21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
22 “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
and fools hate knowledge?
23 If you turn at my reproof,
behold, I will pour out my spirit to you;
I will make my words known to you.
What are some things that stood out to you from this text in general or from the sermons? What are you excited about as we enter into this new series through Proverbs?
Why is Proverbs more to us than some helpful tips and suggestions?
How does the good news of Jesus help us more fully understand the aim of Proverbs?
What is the appropriate response when we are revealed to be full of folly? What is the appropriate response when we are revealed to be full of wisdom?
WISDOM & DECISION-MAKING | PROVERBS 3
SUMMARY OF TEXT
One of the underlying themes of Proverbs is revealing how the wise one, the simple one, and the fool make decisions. The wise one will use prudence, humility, and self-control in how they make decisions, trusting that the way of God is best, even when it seems to stand against their own reasoning.
Even though we can seek to be prudent (looking to the future), humble, and full of self-control in our decision-making, the book of Proverbs is a mirror that reveals that we are all stumbling. This, however, is not an excuse to continue on in our foolishness. Rather, when we are shown to be foolish, we are called to look to Jesus, who is true wisdom incarnate. He was prudent when He endured the cross, trusting His Father and focusing on the joy set before Him. He was humble when He came in flesh as a helpless baby and took on the form of a servant. He was full of self-control as He remained silent while others misrepresented and mocked Him as He walked to the cross. This gospel hope has the power to transform our hearts that we might begin to make wise, godly decisions as citizens of God’s Kingdom. And as we do this, we display and declare a beautiful gospel argument to the world around us.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
What are some things that stood out to you from this text in general or from the sermon?
Talk through the three principles mentioned in Proverbs in regards to decision-making (prudence, humility, self-control). What are some times in your life where you have done this well? What are some times in your life where you failed to do this?
How does Jesus save us and show us a better way to live by his life, death, and resurrection? Why is this good news for those of us who fall into foolishness?
time of planning
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.
Is there a person or family you could invite to join you at this family gathering?
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.
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.
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.
As individuals, how do you plan to prepare your heart for this outward-focused gathering?
Where are you feeling the Spirit leading you in regards to your fourth time of gathering this month?
prayer directives to close
Ask the Spirit to give you perseverance as a group to obey what he has called you to.
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.
Ask the Spirit to guide you during this upcoming month as you scatter on mission to the world around you in your various roles.