Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday, followed by quotes highlighted during the message, plus a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
We began our time together by singing All Creatures of Our God and King.
Matthew read Psalm 32:1-5 and Remie Verougstraete led a prayer of confession.
We sang Lord I Need You, Hope Has Come, Joy Has Dawned, and Angels We Have Heard On High.
Josh led the pastoral prayer and Gene read Mark 3:20-35--the text for this week's message, "Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?" This message was the next in our current series, Son of God: The Gospel According to Mark.
After the message we sang His Be the Victor's Name.
Gene encouraged visitors to stop by the Connect Desk and invited all to attend the Christmas Eve Service at 6:30 pm.
Gene closed our time with a benediction.
Quote from the message:
"There is a sin which is unto death, but those who commit it never ask for mercy nor deserve it. They are dead even while they live. Their conscience is seared as with a hot iron and they rush to hell willingly. One thing that is sure is that no man who feels his need for Christ and has a desire to be saved can commit that sin at all." --Charles Spurgeon
"Drink deeply of these words. Their truth is the crown and glory of the Gospel. We sometimes may feel faint and unworthy and cast down. But if we have really come to Jesus by faith, our sins are fully forgiven. They are cast behind God's back, blotted out of the book of His remembrance, sunken into the depths of the sea. Let us believe and not be afraid."--J.C. Ryle
"A man, who is merely a man, and who said the sorts of things that Jesus said, would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic on the level of the man who says he is a poached egg, or else He would be the devil of hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was and is the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. Now, it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend. And consequently however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God."--C.S. Lewis
1. This message asks the question, Who is Jesus, a lunatic, a liar, or Lord? What is your response? Why is this question particularly significant around Christmas time?
2. In Mark 3:27, Jesus said, "But no one can enter the strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house." Who was Jesus referring to here? What hope-filled reality does this fashion for us?
3. Mark 3:28-30 speaks of an unpardonable sin. Read Charles Spurgeon's quote above. What is the unpardonable sin? What is it not?
4. How did Jesus redefine the family? In what ways does this make church membership so important?
5. Gene taught that if we believe Jesus is Lord, the one thing that will set us apart is obedience to Him. Do you feel as though your life is defined by such obedience?
Posted on Mon, December 22, 2014
by Serena Walker