Happy Wednesday. Jesus is now back in his hometown only to discover the kind of faith he found in his travels lacking among those who were most familiar with him. This sheds light on a common struggle those of us who are familiar with Jesus encounter.
_ What is happening in your interior life that you are thankful for and having a hard time with?
_ What is one concrete way have seen Jesus working in the lives of those who he has placed in your orbit to love and help discover his way (gospel)?
Take some time to pray for those you are walking with to grow or discover Jesus, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [ Mark 6.1-6 ]
He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” 5 And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And he marveled because of their unbelief.
And he went about among the villages teaching.
+ WHAT do we learn from this passage? (Use these questions to help make other observations)
_ Where does Jesus come to in vs.1?
_ What about Jesus is so astonishing to them in vs. 2-3?
_ What posture do they take with Jesus in the last sentence of vs. 3?
_ In vs. 4 what truth does Jesus share?
_ In vs. 5 and 6 what happened as a result?
_ Why do you think it was more difficult for people who were familiar with Jesus to believe him?
_ What challenge does this present about those of us who are "familiar" with Jesus?
_ What gospel truth/good-news about Jesus do we discover in this account?
+ HOW are you convicted of an area of sin to confess and how will you take action today? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, use these questions to help)
+ WHO in your life might you share what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family, 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 GUIDE WHEN THEY MEET