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Leader's Guide January 27-February 2, 2013

Leader’s Guide-January 27- February 2, 2013

LOOKING BACK: Mark 13:24-37- Advanced Notice (Part 3)           

Here is a creative idea for looking back. You could divide in two or three groups, mixed or men/women. Their task is to come up with a self-constructed “retelling” that will illuminate what Jesus said about the future and end times in all of Mark 13. Allow for 15-20 minutes of preparation, and then have the groups present. The retelling can be in any form they desire-from a mock discussion among the disciples after it was over, to a made up conversation between a Christian and non-Christian about end times, a mime or charades on different terms for the text, art, drama, etc. Let them go for it

If you prefer more controlled chaos, you could plan a game of charades yourself- selecting various phrases or concepts from the passage or message, (i.e., abomination of desolation, tribulation, budding tree, no one knows the day and the hour, rapture, sleeping, etc.) Don’t even have to make it a competition, just one person at a time in front of the whole group would work. Talk about the concept when it is guessed correctly.   

To bring things down to application, use the two questions from the looking back Bible Study Guide. You should allow enough time for this, perhaps using groups of 3-4.   

1.   What is it in your life that calls forth a need for immediate hope and how could the imminent return of Christ meet that need?

2.   In light of the fact that the One who died for you and wants you to spend forever with Him could come at any moment, what changes are most needed in your life order for Him to be most pleased with you? 

Looking Ahead: WASTE  (Mark 14:1-11)

Read Mark 14:1-11 and then answer the following questions:

·        Identify the various characters in this passage – both groups and individuals.

·        Each person (or group of people) in this passage seems to value something different. What do the chief priests and scribes value? The woman with the jar of perfume? The onlookers? Judas?

·        If you were an observer at that table how do you think you might have responded to the woman’s act?  Why?

Advanced Notice Part 3   Mark 13:24-37

1.27.13  Tom Oyler, Lead Pastor

Be careful - don’t overreact. (13:5-8)

Be strong - don’t give up. (13:9-13)

Be smart - don’t miss it. (13:14-23) 

Be _________________ - don’t __________  _____________. (13:24-37)

          The source of ____________________  _____________________.

          The reason for ____________________  ____________________.

          The grounds for ____________________  ___________________.

LOOKING BACK

Advanced Notice (Part 3)

Mark 13:24-37

There is much about the future that the Lord has given us “advanced notice” about. But from where we sit, one of them is not when He will come for us. It could be at any moment! That is one life-changing fact - and it is advanced notice!

 THINKING IT THROUGH

(Contemplate/consider/discuss/agree/disagree)

 One God, one law, one element; and one far-off divine event to which the whole creation moves.       

            ~on the Dome of the Capital in Washington DC                                     

 I know Jesus Christ died for my sins, and that is all I really need to know.

            ~Ann Coulter

 We should all be concerned about the future, because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there.          

            ~Charles Kettering

 I never begin my work without thinking that perhaps He may interrupt my work and begin His own. I am not looking for death, I am looking for Him.              

~G. Campbell Morgan

 WORKING IT OUT

 1. What is it in your life that calls forth a need for immediate hope and how could the imminent return of Christ meet that need?

 2. In light of the fact that the One who died for you and wants you to spend forever with Him could come at any moment, what changes are most needed in your life in order for Him to be most pleased with you?

LOOKING AHEAD

Waste

Mark 14:1-11

Imagine the week before Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. Time with His followers is limited. Every word counts and every gesture and embrace takes on extra significance. Into that context a woman comes to honor Jesus in a most unexpected and extravagant way.

Reactions are mixed. How would you have responded? How does this story challenge, stretch, or affirm your own tendencies and ideas about worshipping Him?

 LOOKING IT UP

 1.Read Mark 14:1-11. Write down 6-8 words from the text that jump out to you as significant. 

2. Mark “sandwiches” the story of the woman between two paragraphs about Jesus’ upcoming arrest (vs. 1-2 and 10-11). How does her story tie in to the plot to betray and capture Him?

  3. We learn more about this event by reading the parallel passage found in John 12:1-8. What details does John share that help us better understand our passage?

 4. Why might Mark have included so much detail about the perfume the woman poured over Jesus’ head?

 5.  How do you feel about the reaction of the onlookers (vs. 4-5)? What was their primary concern?

 6. How did Jesus’ reaction contrast with that of the onlookers? What was His primary concern?

 7. In what ways is v.9 being fulfilled even today?

 8. Do you think this incident had anything to do with Judas’ decision to betray Jesus (vs. 10-11)? Why or why not?