My favorite movies have always been the Epic ‘friends journey’ movies. You know, a band of unlikely people face ridiculous odds, pursued by overwhelming evil, on an impossible task, always on the brink of annihilation. Luke Skywalker and R2D2 fly in against Darth Vader and the entire Imperial Fleet; a hobbit, a dwarf, an elf and a hesitant king confront the powerful wizard and his drooling Orks. I love it! It reminds me of the church! That story starts fresh again today as we study the Journey of Jesus recorded by Mark.
Sermon, August 18, 2013 – Andrew Allison Mark 11
1. Remember a trip you recently took, tell the story to the group. Talk about the pre-trip plans, the friends you took along, the obstacles and the high points.
2. John the Baptist wants people to confess their sins as they get ready for The Messiah. Why is confessing your sins so important?
3. What benefit was it for the Father to declare “This is my Son, whom I love, in him I am well pleased?” Is that helpful to Jesus? The crowd? Would you believe it if the Father said that over you? (He has!)
4. Jesus has an enemy who uses temptation as his primary weapon. Describe how temptation works.
5. The leper calls out publicly and Jesus heals him publicly. He’d always have that story. Do you have a story of a time that Jesus met you? If you want, share that with the group.
6. Jesus pulls away from the busyness to pray. That was a move that seemed curious to the disciples but essential to Jesus. How does prayer work right now in your life?