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September 2019

 
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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 14:66-72

SUMMARY OF TEXT
In this passage, we see Peter, one of Jesus’ most loyal followers, deny Him three separate times. As Jesus stands firm in the face of trial before the High Priest, Peter folds in the face of his personal trial in the courtyard before a lowly servant girl. As he denies Jesus for the third time, the rooster crows, reminding Peter of what Jesus had said, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” Full of remorse and shame because of His own inability to remain faithful, Peter weeps bitterly.

JESUS CONNECTION
Jesus is the truly faithful one who remains steadfast and unmovable, even in the face of death. Peter’s hope is not found in Himself. Instead, it is found in trusting in Jesus, the one who cannot deny himself, even when we are faithless and full of doubt. Jesus restores Peter and commissions him out to go spread the good news of the Kingdom: Jesus loves sinners and has conquered death, guilt, and shame.

Mark 14:69-72
69 And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” 70 But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” 71 But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.” 72 And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

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

  2. Share feelings of emotions and shame that you have experienced when you find yourself not being faithful to your commitment to follow Jesus.

  3. In those moments of shame, where do you generally turn?

  4. What is more important? The amount or consistency of our faith, or the object of our faith?

  5. How can believing this transform our affections and actions?


MARK 15:1-15

SUMMARY OF TEXT
The religious leaders deliver Jesus over to Pilate, just as He predicted. Jesus’ faithfulness and silence amaze Pilate, and he even asks the crowd if they want him to release Jesus. But the chief priests and scribes stir up the crowd, and the crowd begins to demand that Pilate send Jesus away to be crucified, and instead release for them the insurrectionist, Barabbas. Though there was no evil that Jesus had done, Pilate gave in to the demands of the crowd and delivered over Jesus to be crucified. While Barabbas, the criminal, was released and allowed to go free.

JESUS CONNECTION
Though Jesus was innocent in all the claims directed at Him, He still gave up His life willingly and allowed Himself to be delivered over to be crucified. He exchanges places with the violent criminal, Barabbas, and took the death that Barabbas deserved to die, while Barabbas was loosed and set free. This story is a beautiful picture of what happens in salvation when Jesus takes our place on the cross. And in exchange, He gives us true freedom from the punishment of sin and releases us from our slavery to death.

Mark 15:2-5
2 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 3 And the chief priests accused him of many things. 4 And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” 5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.

Mark 15:15
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So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

  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 humanity?

  3. What does this text reveal to us about Jesus?

  4. What are some appropriate responses to dwelling on our own sin and Jesus as our only hope for salvation?

MARK 15:16-32

SUMMARY OF TEXT
The soldiers carry Jesus away to be crucified, all the while full of mocking voices and laughter. As Jesus is placed on the cross in between two criminals, the crowd passes by, disappointed in the anti-climatic way this so-called Messiah is passing off the scene. From the crowd’s point of view, it is unfortunate that He could save others, but He can’t save Himself. If only He would come off the cross, then they would see and believe. But this Kingdom is one that you have to believe to see, not the other way around.

JESUS CONNECTION
Jesus fulfills Scripture as He is numbered with the transgressors. And as the crowd mocks Him by placing a crown of thorns and a royal cloak around Him, the irony is that Jesus really is the King, but in a much bigger way than they could have ever dreamed. And as Jesus refrains from saving Himself, He does so knowing that in His death, He is saving and redeeming a people from every tribe, tongue, and nation. He is the King, but not like any earthly King we have ever seen. Believe, and you will see.

Mark 15:31-32
31 So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.

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

  2. Take a moment to soak in the reality of the death of Jesus on the cross. What stands out to you from the story? What is scandalous? What doesn’t make sense through an earthly lens?

  3. What might our response be toward this King as we watch Him lay down His life to redeem sinners?

  4. What might our response be toward others as we watch Jesus lay down His life to redeem the entire world?

  5. What are some ways our Missional Community Group can be involved in declaring Jesus as King and Savior in our neighborhoods? to the nations?

MARK 15:33-47

SUMMARY OF TEXT
Jesus feels the weight of sin and the presence of God removed as He hangs on a cross to die for sinners. He receives in His body the full wrath of God due toward sinners and workers of iniquity, and as He does this, He accomplishes what is necessary to reunite sinners with a holy God. The veil is torn in two, and God’s glory is released to flood the entire earth, no longer contained and bound by rituals and the old covenant. Seeing all this happen while Jesus dies, a gentile man is the first person in Mark to explicitly state and recognize that Jesus truly was the Son of God. After His death, Jesus is buried in a tomb, and His followers are left to wonder what will happen next.

JESUS CONNECTION
By His death, Jesus accomplished for sinners everywhere what was necessary to be brought back into relationship with their Creator. No longer are rituals required for access to the Father. Now it is solely based on the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus our Messiah. This is our only hope. Truly this man is the Son of God.

Mark 15:33-39
33 And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” 36 And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

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

  2. What does it mean that Jesus absorbed the wrath of God? And how is Jesus defeating death by succumbing Himself to it?

  3. How might the truth of Jesus becoming “sin for us that we might become His righteousness” cause us to respond?

  4. What are the implications of the veil being torn and God’s glory being released into all the earth?


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.