Community Group Leader’s Guide
For the week of March 24, 2019
- Complete study guide and pray for your group before they arrive
- Have refreshments available
Submit your group’s attendance online through your email you receive at the conclusion of your meeting.
1. This weekend we heard about the importance of fearing God. How would you describe your understanding and experience of the fear of God over the years?
2. Would you say most people have a tendency to focus too much on the fear of God or the love of God?
3. Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there a particular point, verse or comment that caught your attention, challenged you or raised a question?
After reading the following passage, answer the questions.
Mark 11:27-33 New International Version (NIV)
27 They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him. 28 “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?”
29 Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30 John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!”
31 They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 32 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ …” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.)
33 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”
Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
1. What “things” has Jesus been doing? What about these things would worry the chief priests? (Look back through the chapter for help)
(Jesus was extremely courageous by boldly entering Jerusalem and driving out the corrupt merchants from the temple courts. Now the chief priest, the scribes, and the elders wanted to know what right he had to do such things.)
2. What interests are they trying to protect from Jesus’ probing question? Why does Jesus evade their question?
(“We do not know”: Their response to His question exposed the fact that these en were not sincere seekers of truth. They cared more about scoring rhetorical points in debate and in pleasing the crowds than in knowing the truth. “This whole story is a vivid example of what happens to men who will not face the truth. They have to twist and wriggle and in the end get themselves into a position in which they are so helplessly involved that they have nothing to say.” (Barclay) It is more difficult at first to face the the truth and admit wrong, but it is the only path with a real future.)
3. The religious leaders in Jerusalem considered Jesus a threat. Have you ever felt like Jesus was a threat to you? Why?
(Jesus actually addressed the subject of fear about this same time addressing the crowd and the religious leaders as he was making his way to Jerusalem. Read the following passage to see what He said about fear. If time permits, read Luke 12:1-10.)
A healthy “fear of God” moves us to action. Read how the fear of God impacts the people’s actions in the following verses.
(This section of Scripture closes with two warnings from the Lord: a warning against the pride of the Scribes; Mark 12:38-40 and against the pride of the rich. “The pride of living and the pride of giving are sins we must avoid at all cost. How wonderful that the common people gladly listened to Jesus and obeyed His word. In which group are you?”(Wiersbe))
Mark 12:41-44 New International Version (NIV)
41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
1. What kind of faith did the widow possess in order to give the way she did?
(Jesus did not say that she put in more than ANY ONE of them; He said that she put in more than ALL of them – all of them put together.)
2. Can you think of any examples from your own life of how your fear of God resulted in similar outcomes or responses? If so, explain.
3. Satan would love to use fear to keep us from moving toward God. How does Romans 5:1-5 help us remain confident and experience God’s love?
(God’s love is’t given to us in a trickle, it’s poured out in our hearts. God wants us to know the outpouring of His love.)
TAKING IT HOME
(This would be a good time to separate the men and women so that moving into prayer time will be easier)
1. When it comes right down to it, whose opinion do you care about more – God’s or people’s? How does that show?
2. What people, things or events led you to recognize Jesus’ authority? what authority does He have (or demand) now?
3. Ask yourself and pray regarding your response to the following question: “Where is my fear of God, compared to my love for God?”
Mens Softball Outreach –
It’s for men age 16 and older.
• Games will be played Friday evenings.
• The cost is $45 per player — includes jersey, bats, and balls.
• Our league will play against other churches in the Tampa Bay area
The opening game is April 5 at the field in Gadsden Park (6901 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa 33611.) Bring your family and friends, and invite your neighbors to come and be a part of the fellowship.
Spring Fling –
Spring Fling is coming! Spring Fling is a fun event for the whole family, filled with games, food trucks, and fellowship. We’ll meet in the field behind Ballast Point Elementary from 5-7 on Sunday, March 31. Bring your favorite picnic gear, Frisbees, footballs, some cash for food – and be ready to eat and have a great time.
WAYS TO SERVE
Feed The Bay – On Sunday, March 31, each church congregation will be given a grocery list at their worship services. Leaders of each church will challenge their congregation to leave the church and go shop at participating Publix Super Markets or other stores closest to their home between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for the benefit of those in need in our communities. Go to www.feedthebay.org for more information or to learn how you can volunteer that day.
VBS Into The Wild!
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