15 Mar Discussion Guide: Jesus: The King Who Suffers – Week 1
Before We Get Started
For our discussion today we will be using the sermon series discussion guides. If you would like to follow along you can access this discussion guide on the website at mosaicchurchaustin.com and then select “community group resources” in the menu options.
Because the main goal of our time together is to establish relationships and learn how to walk with one another in all that God has called us to be and do, we’d like to begin by praying for one another. So, does anyone have anything you’d like us to pray for, or anything to share regarding how you’ve seen God moving in your life that we can celebrate together.
This Week’s Topic
This week we continue on through the Gospel of Mark as we are in the last part of a three part series looking at Jesus: The King Who Suffers. We will be taking at look at Mark’s claims regarding the life of Jesus and how this Jesus of Nazareth not only changes lives, but has changed history itself. Today’s discussion is going to be a bit of a testimony session as we discuss when, how and why our faith journey began and how, if you’re a Christian, following Jesus has impacted your life.
What does the fact that Jesus suffered mean for us, and the world, today?
Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
“Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy. The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart; and he is relieved by them, only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears.”
“After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.”
What kind of mindset is required to sing in the face of imminent suffering?
What enables us to find that kind of strength in what looks/feels like such great weakness?
‘The men seized Jesus and arrested him. Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. Then everyone deserted him and fled. “Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.”
Why does the darkness we face, the impending suffering we anticipate, cause fear to rise up in our hearts?
What is the affect fear has on our hearts, thoughts, behaviors and presumptions?
Do those thoughts, behaviors and presumptions tend to help us in our moments of need? If so, how? If not, why not?
John Foxe, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
As John Huss, Archbishop of Prague in the early 1400’s, was facing his death as a martyr for proclaiming the Gospel he proclaimed, “My Lord Jesus Christ, for my sake, did wear a crown of thorns; why should not I then, for His sake, again wear this light crown, be it ever so ignominious?”
So then, what is the only thing that has the power to drive out the fear we experience in our hearts?
Where is the only place we can find that kind of unconditional, unwavering, unchanging, unending love?
However, it’s not just a historical belief that Jesus died for us that fills our hearts with that love, it is a wholehearted trust that Jesus died for you. In your own words, how does someone do that?
Given our current reality with the coronavirus, how can we as a group put the love of Christ on display for one another, for our neighbors, and for our city to see?