Mark

The Last Jesus

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Introduction (Mark 10:31, 35-45)

"But many who are first will be last, and the last first." - (Mark 10:31)

  1. Only One can be First (Mark 9:33-35 | Luke 22:24-27).
  2. The First are Killers (Luke 9:52-55 | Matt 5:21-22).
  3. The Last are Servants .
    1. The Transforming power of being last.
    2. First, Adjust our Attitudes (Phil 2:3-11).
    3. Second, Adjust our Actions (John 13:1-5, 15-17).

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. - (John 13:1-5 NIV)

"For I have given you an example..." - (John 13:15)

Rich Sprunk - Harvest Bible Chapel Pittsburgh North (Elder)

Rich Sprunk - Harvest Bible Chapel Pittsburgh North (Elder)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read a selection of the passenges above...

  1. Why was it necessary for Jesus to come in poverty rather than power in His first advent?

  2. In what ways do we seek to be first in the world?  In the Church?

  3. If we should not seek to be first in the Church, how should one lead?

  4. Is it an exaggeration to say those who seek to be first are killers?
    Consider these verses:

    1. Luke 9:53-55
    2. John 8:44

    3. Genesis 4:3-8

    4. Genesis 4:23-24

    5. Exodus 2:11-15a

    6. 1 Samuel 25:10-13, 21-22

    7. 2 Samuel 11:14-17

    8. James 4:1-4

    9. Matt 5:21-22

    10. Luke 22:36-38, 49-51

    11. Mark 10:33-34

  5. What are some ways people serve?  Are we susceptible to involving ourselves in “activities” as a substitute for serving?
  6. Why, in God’s economy, are the last not losers?  Why, in the world’s eyes, might we look like losers?

    1. What are some ways we can adjust our attitudes?  About who and what do we need to adjust our attitudes?

    2. What are some ways we can adjust our actions?

    3. Will our actions matter if we have not first adjusted our attitudes, i.e., the motives of our hearts?

“For I have given you an example….”

Breakout Questions:
Pray for one another.

Modern Day Miracles

Barnabas

Review: Mark 3:13-15

Follow along with Barnabas as he shares with us photos and stories of God's amazing work on the other side of the world!

The sometimes incomprehensible stories of the disciples in Acts has played out in Barnabas and Martha's life over the past thirty years by simply following God's guidance and not holding back when speaking God's gospel and truth to those in need of hearing it in Thailand and beyond.

The Great Commission: Go and Tell!

CONTROVERSY: What is up with Mark 16:9-20?


CONCLUSION: 4 Things Jesus Did After the Resurrection:

  1. Jesus APPEARS . (Mk 16:9-14)


  2. Jesus ASSIGNS . (Mk 16:15-16)


  3. Jesus AUTHENTICATES . (Mk 16:17-18, 20)


  4. Jesus ASCENDS . (Mk 16:19)

COMMISSION: How HBC Goes After Jesus' Mission:
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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Mark 16:9-20

  1. Why was it necessary that Jesus appeared to His followers after His resurrection? (Mk 16:9-14)
     
  2. Can you explain the reason there is "controversy" behind Mark 16:9-20?
     
  3. Why is Jesus "seated" at the right hand of God (Mk 16:19)? What does this signify? What does this say about your sin and your salvation?


Breakout Questions:

Have you been patient, gentle, and forbearing in your relationships this week (spouse, children, friends, co-workers)? Where could you have done better? How will you improve? Pray for one another.

Resurrected: He Has Risen!

Review:



Why Did Jesus Resurrect from the Dead?


  1. It's PROPHETIC . (Mk 16:7b)


  2. It's PERFECTING . (Mk 16:6)


  3. It's PERSONAL . (Mk 16:7a)
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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Mark 16:1-8

  1. Explain why the angel said, "tell His disciples AND PETER..." Why was Peter mentioned by name? What does this tell you about Jesus?
     
  2. Why was it important that Jesus resurrected? Why wasn't "dying on the cross" the end of His mission?


Breakout Questions:

Did you abide through prayer and Bible reading this week? What specifically are you moved to change or apply this week and how are you going to apply it? Pray for one another.

Buried: The Death of Jesus Christ

Review:

God is most ACTIVE when He seems most ABSENT .

  1. He was PUNISHING sin. (Mk 15:33-34)


  2. He was PROVIDING access. (Mk 15:38)


  3. He was CHANGING lives. (Mk 15:39)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Mark 15:33-47

  1. Tell of a time that God seemed silent during a trial, but later on you saw how He was working during His 'silence'.
     
  2. Why did Jesus feel forsaken (Mk 15:34)? What does that mean concerning you and your sin?
     
  3. Explain the significance of the curtain being torn (Mk 15:38). What does this say about your access to God? Can anything change that? 


Breakout Questions:

Has your testimony this week been faithful to the love you have for Jesus Christ in both your words and actions? How? Pray for one another.