Reveal Jesus Through Discipleship

Reveal Jesus Through Discipleship 

Faith Talks:

What have you learned about the way Jesus leads his disciples that makes you want to follow Him?

What did you learn about the pattern of the disciples that you can identify with? In other words how are you like or not like the original 12 disciples?

What does discipleship look like in your life?

How do you respond to the call to disciple and be discipled. What is Jesus wanting you to do now? What are the next steps you can take this week to start moving in obedience?


Resurrection Realities

Resurrection Realities - Mark 15:42-16:13

 

Faith Talks

Review the 8 Resurrection Realities. Which ones do you need reminded about most? How you can remind each other of those truths.

Talk about the areas of alarm and unbelief that come as a result of forgetting Resurrection. Pray for each other in those areas that you will experience resurrection power. 


When Jesus Arrives

When Jesus Arrives
Mark 11:1-25

Faith Talks

Talk together about times/ways Jesus “rode into your life.” What helped you recognize Him? What hindered you from “receiving” Him?

Talk about some of the bigger mountains/obstacles you are presently experiencing that challenge your faith.


When following Jesus includes failing Jesus

When following Jesus includes failing Jesus

Mark 14:43-72

Faith Talks

The contrast between Jesus and everyone else in today’s teaching makes the point that all of us fail and deny Jesus. How aware are you that you fail and deny Jesus? 

Jesus’ example of finding strength by being watchful included leaning into community. Spend time together as a community of faith, talking about and praying together about some of your patterns of failing to follow Jesus. 


Discipleship Fail

Discipleship Fail
Mark 14:22-42

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Faith Talks

1. How do the central elements of the Bread and the Cup in communion explain how Jesus restores our relationship with God the Father?
2. In this story, the disciples fail Jesus. Their spirits may have been willing but their flesh was weak. Did you know that disciples fail? The question is not will you fail as a disciple but rather how do you respond when you have failed God and others? Do you ignore it,rationalize it, deny it, or work to fix it?
3. Based on this story what do you think Jesus would say to you when you fail?
4. In the garden, what does Jesus do when he is confronted with his spirit being willing but his flesh being weak?
5. What is one way that you desire to be more like Jesus and less like the sleepy disciples?


Stay Awake, Because it’s too easy to fall asleep. Mark 14:1-21

Stay Awake
Because it’s too easy to fall asleep

Mark 14:1-21

Faith Talks

What are the situations/circumstances where you tend to fall asleep spiritually or go “off duty”?  (consider times when life is going well as well as when life is not going well.)

What are practices that you do or have heard of that might be helpful to you being more alert/watchful?  Are any of these practices ones you might want to embrace for your household?  Talk about putting  them into practice


Awaiting the King

Awaiting the King

Faith Talks:

Having a Jesus-centered view of the end times is essential to every disciples.  Why do you think it’s so easy to miss the central focus of Jesus when it comes to end times?   Has you ever gotten caught up in all the speculation of the end times?  How did you come to back to staying focused on Jesus? 

What do you feel God has entrusted you to do while you wait for His arrival?  How do you come to realize what He gave you to do? Share that with 2 others this week. 


Hope for the Future

Hope for the Future

Faith Talks:

When you think of your future, what concerns do you have? Do those concerns reveal anything about what you are hoping in? 

Read Mark 13:1-13, then talk about any truth in this text that gives you new hope for your future.


Follow Jesus In Stewardship

Follow Jesus In Stewardship

Faith Talks

Jesus talks about loving God with all your heart soul mind and strength. He goes on to use the example of the window giving everything she has in the offering. If Jesus where watching the way you spend your money what would that tell him what you really love?

Often times it's hard to know how to start tithing. Talk as a household about your tithing patterns. What holds you back, or what motivates you to give? Share stories about Gods provision as you've been faithful in giving.


Worship Jesus as True Savior

 Worship Jesus as True Savior 

Faith Talks:

For Jesus, love is most important. Talk together about the evidence in your life, over the time you have been walking with Jesus, that you have grown in whole-hearted love towards God and others. 

Jesus warns us to watch out for the natural tendency to be like the Scribes who live to impress others, who love to be praised by others. Talk together about the ways Jesus is setting you free of being like a Scribe.


Discover Jesus in Scripture 

Discover Jesus in Scripture
 MARK 12:18-27

Faith Talks:

In Mark 12 Jesus said to the Sadducees, a group of religious leader, “…you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God…you are quite wrong.” That is a pretty stinging rebuke from Jesus to a group of people that prided themselves on know Scripture and knowing God.

  • According to the teaching today why is it essential as a disciple of Jesus to know the scriptures and to know the power of God?
  • How is your relationship with scripture? What are you doing to cultivate a life of knowing God in scripture?
  • The power of God in this story is specifically referring to resurrection from the dead and that is the guarantee of what we call eternal life. How does the truth of life eternal change your perspective on the challenges and strategies for life now?

Follow Jesus In Stewardship - Part 2

Follow Jesus In Stewardship - Part 2

FAITH TALKS

The Pharisees and the Herodians thought that paying taxes didn't have anything to do with their relationship with God. They believed there were sacred/religious areas of life and also that there were common/secular aspects of life that had nothing to do with God or their faith. What are some areas of life that people tend too think are separate from their faith?

Why is it dangerous to think that there are sacred/religious areas of life and also that there are common/secular aspects of life that have nothing to do with God or their faith?

Jesus showed us another way. In this story it was about taxes but the truth is that whatever we do, every aspect of our lives can be an opportunity for worship. What is one area of your life that you would like to see better aligned with worship and why?


Follow Jesus in Stewardship

Follow Jesus in Stewardship 

FAITH TALKS

"The big struggles of life are struggles with authority." Talk together to see if that statement is true in your life. 

"We can never effectively steward what God has given us until we recognize Him as our authority." Where are you in the process of joyfully yielding all you are to the authority of God?  Name the obstacles. 


The Making: Discovering Jesus Through His Church - Part 2

The Making: Discovering Jesus Through His Church - Part 2

Faith Talks

What are some ridiculous things you have asked of God? Has He answered any of those requests?  What do His answers tell you about the will of God? Talk about this with 2 people this week.


Which of these five statements about Jesus is most true of you because of your faith in Christ? If Jesus were to make you more like Him in one of these areas, which one would need the most attention?

  • Jesus loves to answer our requests.
  • Jesus always answers according to the will of God.
  • Jesus is not held captive the agendas of man.
  • Jesus lives out His words.
  • Jesus Love to Make the Last First.