Happy Friday. In today's reading Jesus teaches on mystery of God bringing a man and woman together in marriage as one and how it is not to be separated.
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions)
_ What is one thing you are grateful for today? What is one thing that is taking up your mind real estate through worry or fear?
_ Who are you walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus), how is the Lord working in their lives, and when will you get to spend time with them this week?
_ Take some time to praise God, 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 10.1-12 ] And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them. 2 And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.”5 And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6 But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7 ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”10 And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations)
_ What question do the Pharisee's ask Jesus to test him in vs. 2?
_ What does Jesus point them back to in vs. 3?
_ What is their defense in vs. 4?
_ What is Jesus conclusion in vs. 5-9 and in vs. 11?
_ What is the imagery Jesus uses for marriage in vs. 8?
_ What does this passage teach us about Jesus' view of marriage?
_ What good-news do we find in this passage?
+ HOW does what I learned from this passage convict me of sin to confess and a simple step of action and how has it gone since last time?
(In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, use these questions to help)
_ If I am married or not how does Jesus espousal love for me cause me to be faithful to him?
_ If I am married how am I treating my spouse?
+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)
The purpose of The Daily is to encourage growth in our affection for Jesus. It is a practical guide for you and as you walk with others (your groups) to grow in or discover Jesus. A portion of this weeks readings will be taught on this Sunday at Downtown Hope's gathering- look forward to seeing you there as we continue to join Jesus vision for the world!