Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday followed by projection from the message and a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
We sang His Be the Victor’s Name and Will Hagen shared a word of prophecy.
Matthew prayed and Gene preached the next message in the series, Son of God: The Gospel According to Mark. The message was titled A Call to Die from Mark 8:27-38. To listen to the message again, visit our Audio Resources page.
After the message we sang Jesus I My Cross Have Taken and shared communion.
We sang Jesus Son of God and Matthew closed with a benediction.
Projection from the message:
“A King who dies is not what they expected or wanted. It is, however, what they desperately needed.” – R.C. Sproul
“We will a thousand times sooner die trusting only in our God than live trusting in man.” – C.T. Studd
“We American Christians have a way of taking the Jesus of the Bible and twisting Him into a version of Jesus that we are more comfortable with. A nice middle-class American Jesus. A Jesus who doesn’t mind materialism and would never call us to give away everything we have. A Jesus who is fine with nominal devotion that does not infringe on our comforts. A Jesus who wants us to be balanced, who wants us to avoid dangerous extremes, and who for that matter wants us to avoid danger altogether. A Jesus who brings comfort and prosperity to us as we live out our Christian spin on the American Dream.” – David Platt
“It is only because He became like us that we can become like Him.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
1. Gene said that Jesus doesn’t leave it to us to define Himself. Rather, He teaches us who He is through His word. Based upon our study of this passage, who is Jesus and what does it mean to follow Him?
2. To follow Jesus, we must deny ourselves and take up our cross. What does it look like to be willing to turn away from pleasures in order to please and treasure Jesus? What pleasures in your life are most difficult to keep from becoming more important than Him?
3. In this passage, Jesus predicts His death and then immediately talks about the nature of discipleship. What is the significance of this sequence?
4. Gene taught that the call to discipleship, to serve Jesus, is a weighty one. Have you fully embraced the cost of discipleship? Are you one who is willing to live and die for Jesus? Who is the One that empowers us to follow such a calling?