Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday, followed by projection from the message, and a few discussion questions for Community Group discussion or personal study this week.
Chris opened our time together and we sang Our Song From Age to Age and Bruce Robertson read Philippians 2:8-11.
We sang Jesus Son of God, Jesus I My Cross Have Taken, and Here I am to Worship.
Chris led us in prayer groups for Josh and Lieze Kruger and their work in Namibia through Operation Mobilization followed by a mission video of their work.
Bob Shanks read the message text for the week, Mark 14:26-52 and Josh preached the message, "Jesus is Faithful". To listen to any messages from our current series, Son of God: The Gospel According to Mark, visit our Audio Resources page.
After the message we sang Jesus Thank You and Josh led us in a responsive reading of Psalm 136.
Josh closed the meeting with a benediction.
Projection from the message:
- Shocking denial
- Shameful betrayal
- Scandalous grace
"'Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who stands next to me,' declares the Lord of hosts. 'Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'" - Zechariah 13:7
"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin." - Hebrews 4:15
"And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." - Philippians 2:8
"But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8
1. This night described in Mark 14 was filled with betrayal and denial and desertion and violence. But this night was also filled with faithfulness. What are examples of each of these characteristics?
2. Josh said that when we read about the disciples' behavior, we must realize that we are reading about ourselves as well. We serve Jesus when it is easy and matches up with our plan. But when it is difficult, it is easy to leave and flee. What are some examples when you have "fled" from a situation? How has God helped you to endure at other times?
3. If you are a human, you have experienced the pain of abandonment. How does Jesus meet us as a faithful Savior when we feel abandoned? Read the above scripture from Hebrews as you consider this.
4. Josh said that the actions of Jesus in this passage were scandalous. What does this mean?
Posted on Tue, October 20, 2015
by Serena Walker