In rabbinic literature “yeast” as a metaphor frequently refers to the tendency or intention of the human heart, most often in a bad sense. In today's reading we find that Jesus warning his disciples to beware of a dangerous kind of yeast. 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 subtle risks to your spiritual vitality do you discern around you? What are things that are contributing to you thriving in your walk with Christ?
_ 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 8.14-21 ] 14 Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15 And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” 16 And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. 17 And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.” 20 “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” 21 And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”
+ 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?
_ What does Jesus warn his disciples of in vs. 15?
_ What do the Pharisee's and Herod both have in common?
_ What do you observe about the disciples in vs. 17?
_ How would you summarize Jesus response to them (and to us)?
_ What do we learn about our nature in his interaction?
_ What good-news about Jesus do we discover?
+ HOW does the truth of 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)
_ Are there any area's that are causing you to stumble?
_ Are there any subtle seed's of unbelief you are struggling with?
+ 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)