BEFORE YOU GATHER
- Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
- If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
- Read Mark 12:13-34
- 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.
In a few weeks, we will remember Jesus as our Passover Lamb who opens the way to Resurrection Hope. Passover Lambs were closely inspected before being offered, and in Mark 12, Jesus was under close inspection as well. Remember a time in your life when you took a close look at Jesus to see if he was the genuine article, worthy of your trust and allegiance and love, and ask him to remind you today that he is still worthy.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
This weekend’s message was about a time when Jesus came under intense scrutiny and questioning. Think about an experience where your life, your background, or your core beliefs were under close inspection – maybe for a job interview or meeting new family members. In those kinds of situations, are you able to completely be yourself, or do you have your guard up?
Large Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This weekend’s message came from Mark 12:13-34. If everyone has a Bible, let's go there together.
- (From Mark 12:13-17) Jesus answers his interrogators by reminding them whose image they are made in, and therefore, who really is King of their lives. If we are going to obey Jesus, and “give to God what is God’s,” then let’s consider where we resist this. Are you the kind of person who has a hard time trusting God with your past, your present, or your future? How so?
- (From Mark 12:18-27) Jesus gets into a debate with the religious authorities about the connection between marriage and the life to come. There is this life, there is “the life to come,” and the two are more closely connected then we usually acknowledge. If you knew you were going to live forever, would you change anything about how you are living your life right now?
- (Mark 12:28-34) Jesus says that the greatest commandment is to love God with all that we are. Imagine your life as a house with all kinds of rooms, closets, attics, etc. – and name some of those rooms after different aspects of who you are, like “My Family History Room,” or “The Worry Room, or “The Room of My Hopes and Desires.” What are some rooms of the house where you have been letting God have more access? Which rooms of the house are the next rooms where you want to give God more access? How is this a way to love God with all we are?
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.
Continue with the image of your life as a house with many rooms. Take some time to name 1 or 2 rooms where Jesus has shown himself to be the best caretaker of that room. Then, name a room where you have been keeping Jesus out, but you would like to welcome him in to bring his light and healing and life.