Within the broader lesson of Jesus being King Over Suffering, we saw that a key theme running through Mark 5:21-43 was how the one who was “clean” (Jesus) becomes “unclean” so that the unclean (all who have faith in him) can become clean! This is the essence of the gospel: He who knew no sin becomes sin for us so that we can become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21)! It’s a beautiful foreshadowing of what Jesus will do on the cross on mercy’s hill.
When our Community Groups get together, one of the things they do is to talk through the sermon from that weekend, with a goal of application and life transformation. Earlier today, from the Gospel of Mark series, Jesus the Servant King, we looked at a story in 2 parts from Mark 5:21-43, that showed that Jesus is “King Over Suffering.” Below are the discussion questions Community Group leaders will use. We’d encourage you to use these to: 1) prepare for Community Group; and/or 2) discuss with your family or friends if you’re unable to make it to Community Group.
- What kind of fear is caused by suffering and trial in our lives?
- Read the passage together…General thoughts and/or observations?
- There were four “threads” that Pastor Craig spoke about – desperation; fear; faith; and uncleanliness. Trace those and talk about how we see them in the passage.
- What do we learn about Jesus in the passage?
- How does what you learn about Jesus affect how you personally deal with fear in your life?
- How does this passage affect how you think about faith and how you exercise it?
- Pray for God’s gift of faith that would give freedom from fear – in your own life and in the life of people you know who are wrestling with fear.
- Pray that Mercy Hill will encourage people to be people of great faith in our great God!
We have A PASSION FOR TRUTH that finds its bedrock in the Word of God. It is very important then, that, as God’s people, we spend time in his Word. Here are three reasons why we believe that being a people of the Book, and in the Book, is not an option, but an essential…
- Time in the Bible is Essential for Growth. 1 Peter 2:2-3…“Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” God’s Word is nutrition for our souls. Live with it, partake of it, and you will grow spiritually.
- Time in the Bible is Essential for Spiritual Maturity. Colossians 1:28…“Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” God’s Word, as we live in it, will be used by the Spirit of God to lead us to maturity.
- Time in the Bible is Essential for Spiritual Effectiveness. 2 Timothy 3:16-17…“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” God’s Word, as it grows and matures us, prepares us to be effectively used by God; to be faithfully equipped for all that he has for us.
God desires to communicate with you through the Bible, through the leading of his Holy Spirit. How will you make the most of the amazing truth that we have his very Word? How and when will you hear it, read it, study it, meditate on it, memorize it? Start small and build the Book into your rhythms of daily life. As you do, you will grow into spiritual maturity; into being more like Jesus – and you will grow into effectiveness, equipped for all the good works God has called you to walk in.
From the intro to last Sunday’s message…
As we have seen in our journey through Mark so far, Jesus has been speaking about the kingdom of God breaking into the history of humanity. As a matter of fact, he brings it. He embodies it. He talks about it! In 4:21-34, we get to listen in on his conversation with his disciples and those following him. I believe his intent is to challenge them and to encourage them to faithfulness by the promise of the certainty of his kingdom work!