Happy Friday!  One of the foundational questions Mark asks and answers throughout his gospel has to do with Jesus' core identity.  In this passage we find Jesus being rightly identified and then profoundly misunderstood by Peter.  These daily postings are a resource guide for you and your groups 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!

CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions) 
_ Who is Jesus to the majority of the circles you run in?  Who is Jesus to you?
_ Who are you walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus) and what is one way the Lord is working in their lives? 

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 8.27-38 ]  

27 And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.”29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30 And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him. 

31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

+ 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? 
_ Who does Peter identify Jesus to be in vs. 27-30?
_ How does Jesus define what it means for him to be the Christ in vs. 33?
_ What are the implications of Jesus being the Christ that we find in vs. 34-38?

+ 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)
_  How is Jesus calling you to deny yourself and take up a cross?
_ Are there any ways you are attempting to gain the world but forfeiting your soul?    

+ 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)