It's Thursday, March 9th. In today's reading Jesus defines true greatness and the gravity of our sin. 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!
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions)
_ How does the culture we live in define greatness?
_ 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 9.33-50 ] 33 And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.” 38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name,and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 For the one who is not against us is for us. 41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward. 42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48 ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 49 For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations)
_ Where are they coming from, where does this account take place in vs. 33?
_ What are they arguing about and what does Jesus teach them in vs. 34-37?
_ What does John ask and what is Jesus answer in vs. 38-41?
_ What is Jesus basic warning in vs. 42-49?
_ What is his conclusion in vs. 50?
_ What does this passage teach us about how Jesus defines greatness?
_ What does this teach us about how we should treat people who are not from our church background but claim the name of Jesus?
_ What does this teach us about Jesus understanding of Hell?
_ 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)
+ 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)