How to use the study:
A sample 1 ½ hour meeting might look like this:
- First 15 – check in, connection time and opening prayer
- Next 15 – Show the video or read the passage together (Click Here for videos)
- Next 45 – Study & Discussion time
- Last 15 – Prayer
One Church Study Questions for each week:
1.What stood out to you from today’s viewing?
2. How would you summarize these chapters in a sentence or two?
3. What did you learn about Jesus in these chapters?
4. What did you learn about people/humanity in these chapters?
5. What is God asking you to do, be, embrace, change and/or believe from these chapters?
Additional Questions for your use (From the GPS):
Mark 3:20-35: The legal experts’ claim was singularly ugly. “Attributing the Holy Spirit’s work to an impure spirit (v. 30) is roughly tantamount to calling God Satan.” ** That’s why Jesus pushed back so strongly in verses 28-29. He meant, not so much that God is unwilling to forgive, but that seeing what God does as demonic makes our hearts unwilling to accept God’s forgiveness. How can this incident teach us caution in making sweeping judgments of people with whom we disagree?
Mark 4:1-20: Jesus described the usual set of outcomes when a farmer sowed his seed by hand across a field. Not all the seed grew, but what took root bore an abundant crop. Jesus used that image to teach about the factors that hinder or nurture spiritual life. What steps are you taking to make your mind and heart “good soil” in which God’s word can grow and bear a good crop?
Mark 4:21-41: What’s one (or more) big personal life “storm” you’ve had to live through? How did you make it through that stormy season of life? Did you have any sense Jesus was “in the boat” with you? Scott Krippayne sang, “Sometimes He calms the storm, And other times He calms His child.” * In which of those ways has Jesus most helped you in life’s storms? How have those experiences shaped the person you are today?
* Lyric from “Sometimes He Calms the Storm.” Songwriters: Benton Kevin Stokes, Tony W. Wood © Universal Music Publishing Group, Capitol Christian Music Group.
Videos for this week:
- Mark 3:20-35 (2:46)
- Mark 4:1-20 (3:12)
- Mark 4:21-41 (3:26)
- Mark 5:1-20 (3:06)
- Mark 5:21-43 (3:58)
- Mark 6:1-13 (1:58) Stop at 0:56
You can choose to show all the videos at once, show one and stop to talk about it, or choose to only focus on one or two. The choice is up to you. There is a lot of content for this week and it would be hard to try to cover all of it in your small group time. Consider choosing one or two themes from the readings and discussing those and encouraging your group to cover the others in their journal this week.
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