BEFORE YOU GATHER
- Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
- If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
- Read Mark 9:2-9
- 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.
As we open in prayer, ask God to reveal places in our lives where we lack belief that God is greater than what we are facing. Pray that Holy Spirit would guide our time together to encourage each other, grow in our faith, and expand our view of God. Ask that God would make this a safe space to share.
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 9:2-9. If everyone has a Bible, let's go there together.
- Read Mark 9:2-9 aloud. This part of our First News story gives us a glimpse of how big and powerful Jesus is as we see him transfigure before the disciples. Sometimes, life’s circumstances seem to be larger than what Jesus can handle. Does anyone have a story of a time you had a limited view of Jesus?
- With the presence of Moses and Elijah, Jesus gave us a preview of the age to come - we will both be fully known and fully know others when we are in full Glory. Read Hebrews 12:1-2. How does this passage speak to this future hope?
- In the age to come, we will be fully perfected - we will be our whole redeemed self, free from sin and shame. Jesus’ glory will have reconciled all disappointments, all sorrows, all the pain of the past. Read Revelation 7:9-17 to gain a further glimpse of the age to come. Which part of this passage particularly encourages you?
- Billy reminded us that God keeps ALL of his promises. While some promises are fulfilled during our life on earth, every single promise of God that goes unfulfilled in this life will be realized in the life to come. Read Hebrews 10:23-25. How does being in community help us hold on to the true hope that God is faithful? What are some ways we can practice this in our group?
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 you wrap up your time in prayer, ask for prayer requests specific to areas and circumstances in each person’s life where they currently have a limited view of God. Pray for each other - perhaps each one praying for the person on their left or right (if everyone feels comfortable - if not, then one or two people can pray).