Happy Mid-Week- Today another religious leader tries to trap Jesus, only to discover what Jesus considers to be the two most important commands of the Torah.
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What is one thing you are looking forward to today? What is one thing you are feeling overwhelmed by today?
_ What is one way you have observed Jesus working in the lives of those you are praying for and walking with to 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 11.28-34 ] 28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
_ Write out or share what this passage is saying in your own words?
_ What was the Scribes question in vs. 28, why do you think he asked this question?
_ What is Jesus response in vs. 29-31?
_ What is the common imperative in both of these verses?
_ What is one thing you learn from this passage?
+ HOW are you convicted of an area of sin in your life and how does the grace of Jesus compel you to respond in obedience? (Consider areas you aren't loving God or others, consider a concrete way Jesus is calling you to love others)
+ WHO in your life are you intentionally praying for and walking with that you might share what you learned with today? (e.g., family, friends, co-workers or neighbors you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)