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Jesus Changes Everything | Trap of Politics

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 12:13-17

Bait question: Is it right to pay taxes to Ceasar or not?

Can government and Christian community coexist?

Can a Christian be a good citizen and fulfill civic duty?

What does effective Christian engagement in culture look like?

  • Loving
  • Merciful
  • Forgiving

Let’s avoid the trap of divisive politics and seek to engage our culture with love, mercy, and forgiveness.

Jesus Changes Everything | Trap: Squatter’s Rights

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 12:1-12

TALK ABOUT IT: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. When was the last time someone said something to you that changed the spiritual direction of your life? What was it?
  2. How can you cultivate an open and receptive heart to receive God’s message?
  3. Think about the ways you have experienced privilege (God’s blessings) throughout your life. How have you used that privilege for the good of others?
  4. In what ways does stewardship differ from ownership? How does good stewardship reflect gratitude?
  5. In relationships, how is control opposed to trust? Why is trust so foundational when it comes to your relationship with God?

Jesus Changes Everything | Opposing Purpose

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 11:27-33

TALK ABOUT IT: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. Where in my life do I face the most opposition? What am I learning?
  2. How does Jesus defend himself from the “questioning” of his critics?
  3. How does “fear of people” lead to disobedience to God’s purposes?
  4. How can I be free from fear to follow Jesus with all my heart and life?
  5. What Bible verse can anchor my heart when opposition is “attacks?”

Jesus Changes Everything | Fulfilling Purpose

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 11:12-26

TALK ABOUT IT: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. Why did Jesus curse the fig tree? How does it relate to my life?
  2. What kind of fruit has God “purposed” or “created” me to produce?
  3. How does producing fruit point others to God’s main purpose, Jesus?
  4. How did the moneychangers block God’s purposes in peoples’ lives?
  5. How can prayer, belief, and forgiveness allow God to produce fruit in us?

Jesus Changes Everything | Discovering Purpose

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 11:1-11

TALK ABOUT IT: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. How important is purpose in life? Do I know my purpose? What is it?
  2. How is Jesus the central figure in this story and in the story of humanity?
  3. How does Jesus’ purpose shape my understanding of my own purpose?
  4. What are obstacles to fulfilling my purpose? How can they be removed?
  5. How can I be more available this week for God’s purposes through me?

Jesus Changes Everything | The Way I Love

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 10:1-16

Today: Where and how do I stand?

TALK ABOUT IT: Questions to process with family, friends, & yourself.

  1. Some say it’s hateful to hold traditional views on marriage and family. Is it? Why or why not?
  2. If someone is unhappy in a marriage, is it cruel to tell them they should stay in it? What’s the benefit of staying together?
  3. How does the idea of “denying yourself” apply to family life?
  4. How do my beliefs as a Christian show themselves in my primary relationships?
  5. Where am I falling short in showing sacrificial love?

Jesus Changes Everything | Narcissism

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 10:32-52

Today: What about me?

TALK ABOUT IT: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. Is Orange County narcissistic? Why/why not? Give examples.
  2. In what ways is it ok to be “selfish?” How do we keep that balance?
  3. Why is serving important in following Jesus? How does it help us “see?”
  4. Who in my life can I serve better? What are ways I can serve better?
  5. How can I/my family serve both inside and outside the church?

Jesus Changes Everything | Materialism

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 10:17-31

Today: What about stuff?

TALK ABOUT IT: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. How is Orange County (or the US in general) materialistic? Do I struggle with this?
  2. How can “blessings” from God become a distraction in life?
  3. What was the reason the rich young ruler walked away sad?
  4. Is God for or against wealth? How can a “rich” person be a Christian?
  5. How can I make sure the things I own don’t end up owning me?

What Compelling Looks Like

Today’s primary texts: Luke 14:23, 2 Corinthians 2:14-16

Know God

Find Freedom

Discover Purpose

Make a Difference

Talk about it: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. What are some things/people that you have been compelled by and why?
  2. What did Jesus do to compel others into the Kingdom of Heaven?
  3. How does Newport Mesa Church come alongside you and help you grow?
  4. How can you become a more “smelly” Christian?
  5. Why is it important to embrace our “smelliness” in our schools, workplace, and communities?

Question: What do you think are the main reasons your family and friends struggle with isolation?

Today’s primary texts: Genesis 3, Luke 14:15-24

Participate in a Grow Group and help restore that which is broken.

Talk about it: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. What are the things in your life that most move you towards isolation and disconnection?
  2. What would you have done, had you been Adam or Eve in the garden? Why?
  3. How can Newport Mesa Church embody the Luke 14:15-24 passage?
  4. How does contributing to healthy communities (Grow Groups) help put our world back together again?
  5. Why are healthy communities so rare and what can be done to make them more common?