Follow the Leader

Crying Out: Shameless Approach

The Power of Impassioned Prayer

  1. DESPERATION makes you cry out. (v46-47)

  2. PERSISTENCE makes you grow. (v48)

  3. Being SPECIFIC brings an answer. (v49-51)

  4. The answer CHANGES your life. (v52)

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Family Discussion Questions:

Discussion Questions for Parents to Disciple Their Children! We encourage every parent to have your kids listen and even take a few notes on the sermon today. Use this to discuss the sermon and put it into practice this week:

  1. How do you think Bartimaeus knew it was Jesus passing by?
  2. Why do you think Bartimaeus kept crying out to Jesus, even after people told him to stop? Did Bartimaeus seem to bother Jesus? Do you think that also teachers us that we never bother Jesus when we pray and pray about something?
  3. Let's talk about prayer. Let's list some things that you want to pray about, and how exactly you would like God to answer... and let's pray about them right now!

Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Mark 10:46-52

  1. In what area of prayer do you struggle the most: passionate, specific, or persistent? Why? What are some ways to change that area of weakness?
  2. Why did Jesus ask Bart, "What do you want me to do for you?" What does this tell us about how we should pray?
  3. What do you do when it seems God isn't answering your prayer the way you are asking? How should you respond? How do you usually respond?

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another to grow in prayer.

Salvation: Debunking the Myths

Five Myths about Salvation that Jesus Debunked

Myth #1 - People are GOOD . (Mk 10:17-18)

Myth #2 - I am GOOD . (Mk 10:19-20)

Myth #3
- REPENTANCE is optional. (Mk 10:21-22)

Myth #4 -
I can SAVE myself. (Mk 10:23-27)

Myth #5
- It's not worth WORTH what you give up. (Mk 10:28-31)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Mark 10:17-31

  1. Why did Jesus tell this man to sell all he has before becoming a follower? Is this a requirement for everyone to follow Jesus? Why or why not?
  2. What do you think most people (who aren't born again believers) are trusting to get them to heaven? Why do seemingly most unsaved people think they are "good"?
  3. Why do you think Jesus preached the OT Commandments to this man?
  4. Jesus said in Mark 10:23 it is difficult for "those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God". Why do you think that is? What does this say about our culture, where everyone has wealth, even the "poorest" in our society?

Breakout Questions:

Pray for each other. 

Servanthood: The Way to Greatness

We would like some greatness, please... (Mk 10:35-37)

Three shocking statements from Jesus about the path to true Greatness:

  1. SUFFERING isn't optional. (Mk 10:38-40)

  2. Philippians 3:10 - that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death...

  3. SERVING isn't optional. (Mk 10:41-44)

  4. It's the path JESUS himself took. (Mk 10:45)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Mark 10:32-45

  1. In your opinion, what makes someone "great"? How does Jesus' teaching impact your view of greatness?
  2. Why do you think suffering is a necessary component of the Christian life? How would you encourage a Christian friend who is enduring suffering?

Breakout Questions:

Pray for each other to grow in a "servant of all" attitude.

Let The Children Come: A Lesson On Child-like Faith

Jesus and the Children (Mk 10:13-14)

The Joshua Parallel (Mk 10:15)

Child-Like Faith Is:

Not trying to OVER-INTELLECTUALIZE the things of God.

HUMBLING yourself.

Taking God at His WORD.

Jesus Blesses the Children (Mk 10:16)

Guest Speaker - Levi Keller

Guest Speaker - Levi Keller

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Mark 10:13-16

  1. What is it about children and their faith that make them a prime example for Jesus to use when talking about the type of faith we must have to enter the Kingdom of God?
  2. Why don't adults have the same type of faith that as children do?
  3. What is an area or situation in your life in which you have not had a child-like faith?What attribute(s) of child-like faith can you grow in to improve in this area?

Breakout Questions:
Pray for childlike faith in your group!

Marriage: God's Unchanging Plan

Why God Hates Divorce, and Why You Should, Too

  1. Divorce is caused by SIN . (Mk 10:1-5)

  2. Divorce destroys God's WORK . (Mk 10:6-9)

  3. God's Plan for Marriage:

    1. Will never CHANGE . (Mk 10:6a)

    2. Is for a MAN and a WOMAN . (Mk 10:6b)

    3. Is turning TWO people into ONE person. (Mk 10:7-9)

  4. Divorce leads to more SIN . (Mk 10:10-12)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Mark 10:1-12

  1. Why did Jesus say divorce was caused by "hardness of heart" (Mk 10:5)? What does that say about how God views divorce?
  2. Read Deuteronomy 24:1-4. What is the actual command regarding divorce? Why did God make such a commandment?
  3. How would you respond to someone saying to you, "The Bible doesn't say marriage has to be between a man and a woman. If two gay people love each other, why shouldn't they get married?"

Breakout Questions:
Discuss how you can be a more godly spouse. Pray for strong marriages in your group!