Happy Wednesday.  In today's reading we find Jesus being brought to Pilate, the chief priests and the people.  Our Easter gatherings are this Sunday at 7, 9 and 10.45am- invite family and friends to join in to worship our risen King!

grace + peace,  Joey

CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group) 
_ What is one relationship you are grateful for?  What is one relationship you are struggling in?
_ How is Jesus working in the lives of those you are walking with, what opportunities will you have to pray, serve or share the love of Jesus with them today or this week?

PRAY
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Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, and pray for conviction in the lives of people who are in need of his grace. 

DISCOVER [ Mark 15.1-15 ] And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. 2 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 3 And the chief priests accused him of many things. 4 And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” 5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed. 6 Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. 7 And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. 8 And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. 9 And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” 10 For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. 12 And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” 13 And they cried out again, “Crucify him.” 14 And Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” 15 So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
_ What unfolds in vs. 1-4? 
_Why is Pilate amazed in vs. 5? 
_ What do the chief priests do in vs. 11?
_ What do you think Pilate is thinking through this experience? 
_ What does Pilate do in vs. 15? 


+ HOW does this passage surface sin and call you to action? What gospel truth frees you to obey? 
_ Are there any ways you are like Pilate?  The Chief priests?  The people?  that you need to confess? 

+ WHO in your life are you intentionally walking with that you might share what you learned with today and how can you share this with them today? (e.g., family, friends, co-workers or neighbors you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)