BEFORE YOU GATHER
- Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
- If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
- Read Mark 10:46 – 11:25
- 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.
Pray for freedom from distractions. Pray for clarity and openness to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Pray for unity as a group.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
Have everyone take a moment to share a moment from the weekend that was resonating with them.
Large Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This weekend’s message came from Mark 10:46 – 11:25. If everyone has a Bible, let's go there together.
- (Read Mark 11:8-10 aloud.) What did the people think of Jesus? What were their expectations? How did they misinterpret Him?
- (Read Luke 13:6-9 aloud.). How has God gifted you? In what ways has God made you special? Call out the specialness you see in each other.
- (On passions and burdens.) What passions do you have? What talents do you have that are looking for other outlets? Where do your passions and burdens collide?
- (Clearing the Temple Courts.) What had the Court of the Gentiles become? What made Jesus act in such an extreme way? What should we be producing as a church? How can we be more inclusive?
- (Read Mark 10:51-52 aloud.) In the past, has Jesus rescued you from anything already? Was there a season in your life when you desperately needed Him?
- (Reflecting on Jesus interaction with Blind Bartimaeus.) Jesus asked Blind Bartemaeus, “What do you want me to do for you?” What is the one thing you would ask of Jesus?
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 that God would reveal how He made you special. Pray for courage to step out in faith and apply your talents and passions to the world’s burdens. Pray specifically for anything brought up in the group, where we need Jesus to rescue us.