Wednesday! In this passage we find Jesus' true identity being more clearly revealed by the shear number of people he is impacting and the fact that he needs to bring together a team. What is interesting is who understands his true identity and who struggles to see him for who he actually is.
_ What are you thankful for today?
_ What is overwhelming you right now?
_ How has Jesus been calling you to action or obedience in some area of life? How is it going?
_ Who has Jesus placed in your life to intentionally walk with to love and help to discover his way (gospel)? How is it going?
Take some time to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you are facing, and for the Holy Spirit to illuminate truth as you read during this time.
7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea 8 and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. 9 And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, 10 for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him. 11 And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 And he strictly ordered them not to make him known. 13 And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 and have authority to cast out demons. 16 He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); 17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); 18 Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot, 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. 20 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. 21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind."
+ WHAT is happening in this passage and what do we learn? (Say it in your own words or use these questions)
_ In vs. 7-12, and 20 What is Mark telling us about Jesus?
_ In vs. 11 what do even the unclean spirits understand about Jesus identity?
_ In vs. 21 what does Jesus' family conclude about his identity?
_ In vs. 13-19 what does Jesus do? Why do you think he brings together a team?
_ What does it mean for Jesus to be the son of God?
+ HOW does this passage convict you of sin to confess, how does the grace of the gospel compel you to respond with action/obedience? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, use these questions to help)
_ Is Jesus' identity clear in your life?
+ WHO can you share what you learned with today? (e.g., your family at dinner, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)
THESE DAILY POSTINGS ARE DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO ABIDE IN JESUS AND FOR GROUPS AS A THREE PART GUIDE WHEN THEY MEET.