Today is Thursday, August 24th 2017; and I am excited to learn with you! Last Sunday we started a 3 week series called “Center”, where we began learning more of the dealings of Christ and how to center our lives upon Him. In today’s passage we learn that there is a time for working and getting things done, but there is also a time to be still and bask in the presence of Christ Jesus.  - Erin

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_Knowing that the devil wants to keep us so busy that we don’t have time to experience the abundant life, rest, and peace that Jesus offers to us, how do you realize when you are too busy? _What are some steps that you can take to begin to prioritize your time with Him again?
_ How is the Lord working in the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?

PRAY
Father, you have made the heavens and the earth. You have revealed your beauty in creation and inspired the passage that I will now study. During this time I ask that you quiet my mind from the stresses of life and allow your serenity and joy to consume me. Take me into a deeper understanding of you and your love for me.

Amen.

DISCOVER  [Luke 10: 38-42]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”


_ What do we learn from these passages about the personalities of Mary and Martha? What are their individual priorities?
_ Why does Mary choose to sit at the feet of Jesus when there is work to be done? What do you think the expectations of hosts for guests were during the time? V.38-39
_What is the reasoning behind Martha asking Jesus this question? How is she feeling in this moment and is she justified in asking the question? V.40
_What is Jesus’ response to Martha? V. 41
_What does Jesus mean when He refers to the good portion? V.42
__It is important to note that Jesus gently admonishes Martha for being “anxious and troubled,” not for serving. Service is a good thing, but sitting at the feet of Jesus is best. When we center on Jesus and give him the attention He deserves, He empowers us to serve others.

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond with a simple step of action?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Do I have my priorities in order? Like Martha, am I worried or anxious about many things, or, like Mary am I focused on listening to Jesus and spending time in his presence?
_ Have I put devotion to Christ and His word first, or am I too concerned with the dealings of this world to spend adequate time in his presence?
_ In which area of my life should I choose to rest in this season instead of run?


+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus? (one on one or facilitating your own group), what is your next step, do you have the resources you need?