In today's reading week we discover another feeding miracle- this time in Gentile territory. Mark, inspired by the Holy Spirit is recording just how far Jesus loves goes. Don't forget these daily posts are also a resource for groups to use when they meet and that a portion of this weeks reading will be taught on this Sunday at Downtown Hope's gathering.
CONNECT (Take some time to consider and/or journal out answers to these questions)
_ What is one area you are experiencing satisfaction and what is one area of dissatisfaction?
_ What is one way you have observed Jesus working in the lives of those he has called you to walk with to discover or grow in the gospel?
_ Take some time to praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [ Mark 8.1-10 ] In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him and said to them, 2 “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. 3 And if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way. And some of them have come from far away.” 4 And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?” 5 And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” 6 And he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd. 7 And they had a few small fish. And having blessed them, he said that these also should be set before them. 8 And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 9 And there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away. 10 And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.
+ WHAT do we learn from this passage? (Consider or journal answers to these questions to help you observe)
_ What happens in this passage? How would you say it in your own words?
_ What do we discover about the people in vs. 1?
_ What does Jesus feel for the crowd in vs. 2?
_ What does Jesus do in vs. 3-7?
_ What is the result in vs. 8?
_ What do we learn about Jesus in relationship to hungry people?
_ 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)
_ Are you a person who is hungry or satisfied?
_ How, concretely, might you allow Jesus to feed you this week?
+ 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)