Happy Mid-week. In the aftermath of a song, we find, in today's Scripture, Jesus sharing some sobering news with his friends only to expose how we often think we are much further along in our own maturity than we actually are.
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What is one thing you are thankful to God for today? What is one thing you are struggling with?
_ What is one way you see 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?
_ 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 14.26-31 ] 26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27 And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 29 Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” 30 And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 31 But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
_ What did Jesus and his disciples do together in vs. 26?
_ What does Jesus say to his disciples in vs. 27 (quoting Zechariah 13.7)?
_ What is Peter's response in relationship to the others in vs. 29? Do you sense humility or pride in his comment?
_ In vs. 30-31 what sobering news does Jesus share with Peter and how does Peter respond?
_ Knowing what happens to Peter what do we learn about our human nature in this passage?
_ Have you ever experienced a situation like Peter's?
_ Are there any area's where you are living self-righteous?
_ What good-news for our condition do we find int his account?
+ HOW does this passage surface and convict you of an area of sin in your life and how is Jesus calling you to take a simple step of obedience today? (Consider areas you are being self-righteous, not listening to others, not aware of your deep need for grace)
+ 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)