Happy Thursday.  As Mark's narrative rolls on we discover the religious leaders ascribing the demonstration of power in Jesus' life (from the previous passage) to an alternative force.  With logic and ending with a solemn warning, Jesus explains why it is vital to ascribe authority and power to the One whom it is due, and the consequences of not doing this. 

CONNECT
_ What is one way you have experienced Jesus power in your life? 
_ What is one area where you are in need of strength? 
_ Who has Jesus placed in your life to love and help discover his way (gospel)?  How is it going?

PRAY
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.

DISCOVER
22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” 23 And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. 27 But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house. 28 “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”—30 for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”

+ WHAT is happening in this passage and what do we learn? (Say it in your own words or use these questions)
_ In vs. 22 where do the religious leaders determine Jesus receives his power from? 
_ In vs. 23-26 what logic does Jesus use to explain why their accusation doesn't make sense?

_ Who do you think is the strong man is in vs. 27 and who is binding him up? (Jesus is referencing the Testament of Levi)
_ How does Jesus ultimately accomplish binding up the work of the devil? 
_ What is the solemn warning Jesus gives us in vs. 28-29?  

_ vs. 30 tells us the why behind his warning.  How would you say this in your own words? 

+ HOW are you ascribing power to someone or something else other than God? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, use these questions to help) 
_ How does Jesus' defeating the enemy through the cross and resurrection compel you to respond with action/obedience? 
_ How has it gone since last time?   

+ WHO do you know that is ascribing power to someone or something other than God who you might 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 FORM AS YOU ABIDE IN JESUS AND FOR GROUPS AS A GUIDE WHEN THEY MEET.