BEFORE YOU GATHER
- Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
- If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
- Read Mark 6:1-56
- 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 Mark 6, we’ll see Jesus meeting with ordinary people and doing extraordinary things. Take a minute to pray and ask God to be present in your group in the same way Jesus was present in Nazareth. Pray that the Holy Spirit would reveal the areas in your lives and in your group where he longs to move, strengthen, and grow you.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
Our story in Mark 6 is about the kind of faith Jesus longs to foster in us. Is there someone in your life who has been a model of faith to you? What is it about their walk with God that inspires you?
Large Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This weekend’s message came from Mark 6:1-56. If everyone has a Bible, let's go there together.
- Read Mark 6:1-6. If Jesus had grown up in your hometown, why would it be difficult to receive Jesus as a prophet with authority?
- Mark 6:1-6 suggests that the more familiar we get with Jesus, the easier it may become to “take offense” at his correction, or to dismiss his authority in our lives. Are there ways that your faith has become mundane? Would you be willing to share an example either from right now or from the past? If someone found themselves in this kind of state, what sorts of things would need to happen for Jesus to be reinstated as their life’s true King?
- Read Mark 6:14–16. Because of King Herod’s past (see 6:17-29), he drew the wrong conclusion about who Jesus was, believing him to be John the Baptist, back from the grave. Think back on your journey of faith: have there been times when your past has incorrectly influenced your thinking about who Jesus is?
- What are some wrong images of God that you’ve had to remedy? (Some examples: A Critical Father? A Magician or ATM? A Small-Minded Bookkeeper?)
- Read Mark 6:37. Jesus challenges his disciples to become personally involved in solving the problems that were presenting themselves. Can you recall a time when Jesus was calling you to take action and do something about a problem you had noticed? Is there something you feel Jesus is calling you to right now? How can this group support you in responding to that call?
- Jesus wanted the disciples to bring what they had to him and show that he can do a lot with a little. Consider the situations where you’re being called to be part of the solution: which part of the action is yours, and what belongs to Jesus?
- Read Mark 6:56. Jesus longs to restore us to health – physically and spiritually. In this passage, we see that the sick “were laid in the marketplaces.” This implies that the healthy people brought the sick people to Jesus. Which person in the story are you: the sick person needing assistance, or the healthy friend who gives assistance? Do you need someone to help you get to Jesus? Is there someone in your life that needs you to get them to 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.
As a group, consider which aspects of faith were speaking the most to you: respectful faith, undistorted faith, active faith, or restored faith. Pray that God would grow in you in the aspect where he was speaking to you.