Happy Tuesday! Mark's narrative continues by the sea. In this passage we discover Jesus' disciples hearts were resistance, even after the miraculous feeding, and how he gets their attention.
_ What is on your mind that you are thankful for and what are you having a difficult time with?
_ What is one way you have seen Jesus working in the lives of those he has placed in your orbit to love and help discover his way (gospel)?
Take some time to praise God 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 6.45-51 ]
45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. 47 And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, 50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 51 And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
+ WHAT do we learn from this passage? (Use these questions to help make other observations)
_ Why do you think Jesus left his disciples for solitude and prayer in vs. 45-46?
_ Where was Jesus and where were they in vs. 47? Why do you think Mark included this detail?
_ What does Jesus observe in vs. 48
_ What does he do and what is their response in vs.49-50?
_ What does Jesus say to them in the last part of vs. 50?
_ What happens in vs. 51-52?
_ Why do you think Jesus walks on water in this passage?
_ What do we learn about our human condition from the disciples?
_ What good-news about Jesus do we discover?
+ HOW are you convicted of an area of sin to confess and how does this passage translate to your life? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, use these questions to help)
_ Are there any area's where your heart is hardened to Jesus?
_ Are there any ways that Jesus needs to scare you to soften your heart?
+ 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