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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?

Jesus Changes Everything | Jesus Rescues

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 9:42-50

  • God LOVES KIds
  • Soul Care – the only way to be SOLD OUT to Jesus
  • God PRESERVES us for His Purposes
  • Be SALTY

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

  1. Do you have kids that God has placed in your life that He wants you to lead?  How are you doing with that?
  2. What are you doing to care for your soul?  Is there something, in your life, that needs to be cut off in order to be fully sold out to Jesus?
  3. When we fully commit to Christ, we become a living sacrifice.  What does that mean right now for you?
  4. Are you a salty person (not the old sea captain kind of salty!)?  How are you salt in the world right now OR how are you not being salty?
  5. What opportunities do you have to be salt in your home, workplace, neighborhood, or school?  Choose one to act on this week!

Jesus Changes Everything | God’s Mission

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 9:30-41

Today: How does God shape us in HIS Mission?

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

  1. What is keeping people from God’s mission in Orange County?
  2. Is ignorance or fear a bigger issue, for me, in serving in God’s mission?
  3. How does serving people, especially kids, fulfill God’s mission?
  4. How does my ego or insecurity get in the way of serving people?
  5. Why do we need to partner with each other to fulfill God’s mission?

Jesus Changes Everything | Failing Forward

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 9:14-29

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

  1. What is an area of my life that I feel like I have failed?
  2. What have I learned from the experience? How have I grown?
  3. How has that experience impacted my belief in God in that area?
  4. How does asking God to help my unbelief actually demonstrate belief?
  5. How can I be more offensively in my prayer life? What tools can I use?

Jesus Changes Everything | Encountering God

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 9:1-13

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

  1. What is my most powerful “encounter” with God? Explain.
  2. What did I learn from that spiritual experience? What changed for me?
  3. How do I listen to Jesus?  How does this influence the way I live?
  4. How can an encounter with God prepare me for a season of suffering?
  5. How can I be more intentional in creating space for holy moments?