Happy Monday! This morning we begin a new chapter in Mark where we find Jesus teaching another parable and, again, engaging with the religious leaders of his day. The purpose of The Daily is to move us from the head to the heart- to take us on a journey!
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ As you start your week what is one thing you are thankful from from the weekend? What is one thing you are not looking forward to in this coming week?
_ What is one way you have observed Jesus working in the lives of those you are walking with? Have you had a chance to pray for, serve or encourage them in the Scripture this week? Do you feel prepared to walk with someone to help them discover or grow in Jesus?
_ Take some time to thank and 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 11.1-17 ] And he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and leased it to tenants and went into another country. 2 When the season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. 3 And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Again he sent to them another servant, and they struck him on the head and treated him shamefully. 5 And he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed. 6 He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7 But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 And they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. 9 What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not read this Scripture: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 11 this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” 12 And they were seeking to arrest him but feared the people, for they perceived that he had told the parable against them. So they left him and went away. 13 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk. 14 And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone's opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?” 15 But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” 16 And they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar's.” 17 Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” And they marveled at him.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
_ What is Jesus' parable in vs. 1-11 about?
_ Who are the characters in the parable and who do they represent?
_ What does the Scripture Jesus quotes in vs. 10 mean?
_ What ways are you rejecting Jesus presence or initiative in your life?
_ What does Jesus encounter with the Pharisee's in vs. 13-17 teach us about how we are to engage with the world we find ourselves in?
_What good-news do we find in these passages about Jesus?
+ HOW are you rejecting Jesus' presence or initiative in your life and how is Jesus calling you to respond with a step of obedience based on what you learned today? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs)
+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., family, friends, co-workers or neighbors you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)