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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?

Jesus Changes Everything | End Times: Part 2

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 3:14-27

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

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

  1. What would I do if I knew I had only a day before “the end of the world?”
  2. What is the “abomination of desolation?” How has it been fulfilled?
  3. How do we guard ourselves from false prophets and false messiahs?
  4. How noticeable will Jesus’ return be? Will anyone “miss” it? Why?
  5. How am I personally involved in helping others prepare for Jesus’ return?

Jesus Changes Everything | The End Times: Part 1

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 13:1-13

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

  1. What would I do if knew I had only a day before “the end of the world?”
  2. How do I feel about “the end times?”  Anxious, sad, excited, ambivalent?
  3. How is there hope in the “end times” for a follower of Jesus Christ?
  4. How do I need to prepare my family/myself to be ready for Jesus’ return?
  5. What is one way I can live with urgency as opposed to apathy?

Jesus Changes Everything | The Money Trap

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 12:41-44

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

  1. What has God given me? How has God shown me generosity?
  2. How important is money in our society? What about in my life?
  3. How does “sacrificial” generosity reveal and cultivate our trust in God?
  4. Where in my life is it a “sacrifice” to give time, talent, or treasure?
  5. What giving goals have I set up in my life to grow in my trust of God?

Jesus Changes Everything | The Superficial Trap

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 12:28-40

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

  1. Does society focus more on outward appearance or the heart? Why?
  2. In what ways does “the church” focus on outward appearance?
  3. How do Jesus’ comments bring the conversation back to the heart?
  4. Why do humans so easily “drift” from what we know to be true and good?
  5. What disciplines can or do you practice that prevent you from “drifting?”

Jesus Changes Everything | The Knowledge Trap

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 12:18-27

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

  1. When in my life has my incorrect thinking caused me harm?
  2. Where in my own faith do I have more questions than answers?
  3. How have I un/intentionally allowed these questions to trap ME?
  4. What do I know is true of Jesus in these questions? How can he help?
  5. What is one way I can trust Jesus to correct my theology/thinking?

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.