In today's pithy reading we find the Pharisee's demanding a sign from Jesus only to discover how this demand causes him to sigh deeply. These daily postings are a resource guide for you as you walk with others to grow in or discover Jesus. A portion of this weeks reading will be taught on this Sunday at Downtown Hope's gathering. Pass them along to others!
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions)
_ What is causing you to sigh deeply today (disappointing you) and what is causing elation in your spirit?
_ What is one way you have seen the Lord working in the lives of those you are walking with to grow in or discover the way of Jesus?
_ 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 8.11-13 ] 11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. 12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” 13 And he left them, got into the boat again, and went to the other side.
+ WHAT do we learn from this passage? (Use these questions to help make other observations)
_ What happens in this passage? How would you say it in your own words?
_ Why did the Pharisee's ask him the question in vs. 11?
_ What is Jesus response in vs. 12-13?
_ Why do you think Jesus was so disheartened by their question?
_ Do you ask things of God for God's sake or for your sake (to receive or prove something)?
_ What do we learn about Jesus and our human condition in his interaction?
_ What good-news about Jesus do we discover?
+ HOW does the grace I find in Jesus through this passage 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)