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Leader's Guide February 3-9, 2013

Leader’s Guide- February 3-9, 2013

LOOKING BACK: Waste  (Mark 14:1-11)

Icebreaker Activity: Use one or both of the following questions for discussion around the circle:

·         Have you ever accidentally thrown something away that was valuable to you? Tell us the story.

·         Which do you believe is the biggest waste… time, talent, or money?

Discussion: Read Mark 14:1-11 together. Then discuss the following questions:

·         The woman’s extravagant act provoked two very different responses. Which is more surprising to you, the onlookers’ response or Jesus’ response?  Why?

·         Can you think of a time when someone you know made an exceptional sacrifice for Christ? How did it make you feel? What effect did it have on the them?

·         Take a closer look at Jesus’ words in verses 6-9. Make some observations about His response to the woman’s act. What stands out to you? What questions do you have?

·         Review the three primary lessons from the message and discuss them one by one. Here are some questions to consider: Which of these resonates with you the most? Which challenges you the most?  What keeps you from “withholding nothing”? How will you respond to what the Spirit is speaking to you through this Scripture?

1.   “Wasting” your life on Jesus is never a waste.

2.   We live out our highest purpose when we withhold nothing from our King.

3.   You will never love extravagantly until you believe you have been extravagantly loved.

LOOKING AHEAD: Mark 14: 12-31

It is suggested you have someone read the entire passage aloud. Perhaps ask someone to prepare ahead of time. Give everyone a 2-minute time of quiet reflection when the reading is over. “Let the whole dynamic of these events sink in for a few moments. Scan through it on your own. Do so as if “you were there.”

Then ask the question below, seeking as many responses as possible. 

“Assuming that you were of the disciples present, what aspect, detail, truth or emotion would you take away from this time in the “upper room” as you reflect back on it?”

Good thing about a question like this is there is no “right answer.” You can affirm every answer and even ask a follow up or two if appropriate to explore deeper.   

Waste  Mark 14:1-11

2.3.13  Rob Sweet, Teaching Pastor

___________________ your life on Jesus is never a _________________.


We live out our highest purpose when we ____________________  ____________________ from our King.


You will never ________________  ________________________ until you believe you have been ________________________  ________________.



Mark 14:1-11

It was an extravagant act motivated by extravagant love - so meaningful to the Savior that He memorialized it for all-time. In its wake, a question emerges for all of us who have been saved by Jesus - “Will I ‘withhold nothing’ in devotion to my King?”



One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.

        ~Sidney Howard

God created us for this: to live our lives in a way that makes Him look more like the greatness and the beauty and the infinite worth that He really is.

        ~John Piper

Many Spirit-filled authors have exhausted the thesaurus in order to describe God with the glory He deserves...Isn’t it a comfort to worship a God we cannot exaggerate?    

        ~Francis Chan

Worship is not something we do; it defines who we are.           

        ~Paul David Tripp


1. Who do you identify with more in this story, the disciples or the woman? Why?


2. Ask yourself, “What am I withholding from Jesus? What holds me back? What am I afraid of?” It may help to journal some of your answers.


3. Would you dare offer up something extravagant to Jesus this week?




Mark 14:12-31


It is interesting, isn’t it? Some things we want to forget and can’t. Other things we want/need to remember, but it seems we can't reel it in. We can joke about it, “I found the keys I was looking for in my hands,” but at the same time our failure to remember can be very serious and have disastrous consequences. Let’s look for some of the things that are important for us to remember– about ourselves and our Lord.


 1.   What kind of connection do you see between vs. 10-11 and v. 12?




 2.   Why was v.18 such a bombshell for the twelve?


3. What might be some of the reasons that Jesus allowed the twelve to think it could be any one of them?


4.   What do you learn about human nature from vs. 27-31?


5. Notice the context before and after the pronouncements of Jesus regarding the bread and the cup (vs. 17-21 and 27-31). What might be the implications or applications?


6. Seek some understanding of what was involved in the Passover for the Jewish people. (The original is found in Exodus 12.)


7. What was Jesus foretelling by the way He applied the bread and cup to Himself?  (vs. 22, 24)