_ 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 7.1-23 ] Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, 2 they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly, holding to the tradition of the elders, 4 and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.) 5 And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6 And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,
“‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
7 in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
8 You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”
9 And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)— 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13 thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.” 14 And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” 17 And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
+ WHAT do we learn from this passage? (Use these questions to help make other observations)
_ Where does Jesus go and why do you think he doesn't want anyone to know in vs. 24?
_ Who comes to him and what is her posture in vs. 26?
_ What is Jesus' response to her in vs. 27?
_ What is her response to Jesus in vs. 28?
_ How does Jesus' respond to her faith in vs. 29-30?
_ What is the point Jesus is making in his response to her faith and how does it relate to yesterdays reading?
_ What do we learn about Jesus interaction with this woman?
_ What good-news about Jesus do we discover?
+ HOW does my identity in Jesus compel me to confess sin and take a simple step of action today and how has it gone since yesterday? (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