Happy Tuesday. Today we find Jesus in a heated dialogue with the Sadducees over the reality of the resurrection to discover why we, at times, come to the wrong conclusions about what is true. Remember to take note of the themes and threads Jesus is surfacing in you as it relates to confession, obedience and who he is calling you to walk with, as the goal is not simply bible study but life transformation in Jesus.
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What is one way you have experienced the power of God in your life recently? What is one area you are feeling depleted?
_ 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 11.18-27 ] 18 And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying, 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no offspring. 21 And the second took her, and died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise. 22 And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died. 23 In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.” 24 Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.”
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
_ What important background information do we learn about the Sadducees in vs. 18?
_ What question do they ask him in vs. 20-23?
_ Why does Jesus conclude they are wrong in vs. 24?
_ What does he explain in vs. 25-27 about the nature of resurrection?
+ HOW have you been (or are you) wrong about something because you have not considered the Scripture or doubted God's power? How does the grace of the gospel compel you to respond with a step of obedience? (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)