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Jesus Changes Everything | The After Story

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 16:9-20

Today: 

Talk About It: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. What has changed in the last two years? How has Jesus been involved?
  2. Have my experiences led to a firmer belief in Christ? Why or why not?
  3. Why does belief need to lead to action in ANY area of our lives?
  4. What happens when my head, heart, and hands are not aligned?
  5. What stops my beliefs, desires, or actions? How can it be overcome?

Jesus Changes Everything | Easter Message

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 16:1-8

Today: What Do I Fear?

Talk About It: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. Have I ever experienced paralyzing fear? Was it a situation or season?
  2. Why were the women in this story afraid?  Do I relate to them?
  3. How can a healthy fear of God help us eventually become FEARLESS?
  4. Why is the resurrection of Jesus such a game changer in life?
  5. Do I believe Jesus was raised from the dead? What is my next step?

Jesus Changes Everything | I am Peter

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 14:66-72

Today: Have I ever denied Christ?

Talk About It: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. Have I ever pretended not to know someone in public? Why did I do it?
  2. Why did Peter deny knowing Jesus the night he was betrayed by Judas?
  3. What are the ways we “deny Christ” in our daily lives and in our society?
  4. How does Jesus feel about this? How do I feel about it? Why do I do it?
  5. How can I have the courage to follow Jesus without fear?

Jesus Changes Everything | Broken Justice

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 14:53-65

Today: Have you ever experienced injustice?

Talk About It: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. Have I ever been falsely accused of something?  How did it turn out?
  2. Why is “justice” so important in the world?  Why does it matter?
  3. What was the charge against Jesus?  Why was he “rightly” accused?
  4. How can I stand up for Truth? What consequences will there be?
  5. How does God give us strength & courage to stand up for Truth?

Jesus Changes Everything | Unbroken Resolve

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 14:43-52

Today: How do I stand firm when everything is broken?

Talk About It: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. Have I ever been betrayed or abandoned?  What was their motivation?
  2. Have I ever betrayed or abandoned someone?  Why did I do it?
  3. Where in my life do I expect perfect people but act in broken ways?
  4. How does God’s “big picture” help me to have an “unbroken resolve?”
  5. How can I focus on my own resolve to become more like Christ?

Jesus Changes Everything | Broken in Prayer

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 14:26-42

Today: 

Talk About It: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

1.  Have I ever been overconfident in my own ability?  How did it turn out?
2.  How does overconfidence in our own abilities lead to brokenness?
3.  What role does prayer have in our brokenness? How does it shape us?
4.  Where am I struggling but have not truly surrendered to God in prayer?
5.  When can I take time this week to surrender my brokenness to God?

Jesus Changes Everything | Un/Broken Promises

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 14:22-25

Today: 

Talk About It: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

1.  What are the reasons people don’t get along with each other? With God?
2.  How have I been guilty of those attitudes and/or actions?
3.  What does “communion” represent to us?  Why do we do it as a church?
4.  How is Jesus the ONLY person who could fulfill God’s promises to us?
5.  How does the meaning of “communion” impact the way I live my life?

Jesus Changes Everything | The Blessing of Brokenness

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 14:10-21

Today: The Blessing of Brokenness

Talk About It: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. When was the last time you suffered an injustice that was beyond your control?
  2. When we suffer, especially at the hands of others, what attitude do we often have?
  3. What example did Jesus set by how he dealt with betrayal and abandonment by his closest friends?
  4. How does embracing the suffering of brokenness make us more like Christ?
  5. How has brokenness become a blessing in your life?

Jesus Changes Everything | Broken But Beautiful

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 14:1-9

Today: Is Broken Bad?

Talk About It: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. Do I have positive/negative associations with the word “broken?”
  2. Why do I associate these feelings with this word? What does Jesus think?
  3. How can “brokenness” be “beautiful?” How does the story reflect this?
  4. Where in my life am I experiencing “brokenness?” How can God use it?
  5. How can I intentionally give my brokenness to Jesus rather than hide?

Jesus Changes Everything | End Times: Part 3

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 13:28-37

Today: How can we be prepared for the End Times?

Talk About It: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. What would I do if knew I had only a day before “the end of the world?”
  2. Why doesn’t the American Church talk more about Jesus’ return?
  3. Are there consequences to “falling asleep?” How does this impact me?
  4. How can NMC “stay awake?” What is our “work” while we “wait?”
  5. What are ways I can “stay awake?” Why is accountability critical?