BEFORE YOU GATHER
- Familiarize yourself with this Group Discussion Guide.
- If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
- Read Mark 10:32-45
- Sit in prayerful silence with God for a while, and ask the Holy Spirit if there is anything that he wants you to share during your group’s time together.
RESOURCES FOR FURTHER GROWTH & DISCIPLESHIP
- (Video Resource) Read Scripture: Mark, The Bible Project
- (Video Resource) The Gospel According to Mark, The Bible Project
- (Commentary) Mark for Everyone, by N.T. Wright
- (Commentary) NIV Application Commentary, by David Garland
Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of how your group can invite God into your time together.
This week, Steve gave us great insights on the seeming paradox of the “Risen King” being a “Humble Servant”, and how we can become more like Jesus in this way. Pray that God would give each member of the group the desire to imitate our Servant King by serving each other and those around us.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
Have everyone take 30 seconds each to share a phrase or a moment from this weekend’s message that is still resonating with them. You also have the option to say “Pass.”
Large Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This weekend’s message came from Mark 10:32-45. If everyone has a Bible, let's go to the book of Mark together.
- Steve outlined how worship and discipleship are easily blended with self-interest, or maybe even worse, that self-interest is masked as worship and discipleship. What safeguards could be put in place to avoid falling into this trap of the enemy?
- According to Jesus, the world practices leadership from a model of dominance, power, position and authority. Where in your own life do you fall into these kinds of worldly patterns? (Work? Home?)
- Steve shared that one of his strengths is that he will do whatever it takes to win – “whether it’s in leadership, moving something forward, managing people – whatever it is, I want to win.” However, he also described how this can be a blind spot that can be used by the enemy. What strengths do you have that can be detrimental to you or others if they aren’t guided by the character of Jesus?
- This weekend, we learned that we have been built to serve. Between now and Easter, what could it look like for you to imitate Jesus the Servant-King?
CLOSING PRAYER (5-15 minutes):
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.
Pray Psalm 139:23-24 for each member of the group:
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Pray that the Holy Spirit would enable us:
- to turn ourselves completely over to God’s will.
- to help us know the condition of our hearts towards Him and those around us.
- to shape our hearts so that we are willing to serve