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Leader's Guide March 17-23, 2013

Leader’s Guide-March 17-23, 2013

LOOKING BACK: Forsaken Mark 15:33-41

To begin with, “Let’s reconstruct what happened in Mark 15:33-14 without opening our Bibles or looking at the outline.” Together the group should be able to come up with things like the chronology, darkness, the loud cries of Jesus, etc. You are simply trying to retell the text as accurately as possible. At the end, have someone read it aloud from their Bible.        

Then transition with “What we have been “watching” for the past few weeks has been, shall we say, both brutal and beautiful?” Given the story about the man who watched the Passion of the Christ and confessed his crime, ask the group “over the last few weeks, how has watching the passion of the Christ through the eyes of Mark affected you? (Seek general as well as specific feedback. Ask where they saw it in the text.) Be sure to add your own in the midst of the discussion.

A major question to follow could be….   

What do you personally have trouble believing about the “gospel” as it was presented in the message and why?  You could include in the question the three applicational points in the bulletin. This will give focus to the question. (i.e., Our trouble may be that we are not confident in coming to God as we are. We put up our won curtains. Our trouble may be the gospel can’t be that simple, or I question whether or not God pays any attention to me personally

        The way is open- be bold.

        The gospel is powerful-be clear.

        The journey is personal- be faithful.

Think through a meaningful way to end your time together. Communion? Singing? Praying- focusing on the cross and the implications of it?

LOOKING AHEAD: Honor Mark 15:42-47

You might ask, “From your study of the looking ahead, why do you think this passage is included, and what might we learn from it?”


Forsaken  Mark 15:33-41

3.17.13  Tom Oyler, Lead Pastor

Dark Silence   v.33

Loud Cries   vs. 34-37

Dramatic Side Effects   v.38

Amazing Awakening   v.39

Steady Faithfulness   vs. 40-41

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          The ____________________ is _______________________ - Be ________________.


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Mark 15:33-41

How can we fathom what it was like to be Jesus? We can’t, it is unfathomable! Yet to enter into His passion through the Scripture not only evokes the transcendent mystery of the “death of God,” it also leaves us so very vulnerable at the core of who we are, and draws forth a response like nothing else can.



 If the cross will not awaken love and   wonder in men’s hearts, nothing will.

                ~William Barclay

 We are not saved by theories, but by fact, and what is the fact? Christ died for sinners. Well, then, He died for me.

            ~Arthur Stanton

 While He came to preach the gospel, His chief object in coming was that there might be a gospel to be preached.

            ~R.W. Dale

Lord, we offer our prayers up for those who need this the most, and especially for those who think they need it the least.

            ~Emmaus Prayer


 1.   In what ways does the passion of the Christ leave you feeling vulnerable?


2.   What are you prompted “to do or not do” as a result? Recall the three applications from the message.



Mark 15:42-47 

Jesus dies a criminal’s death and therefore, according to Roman authority, deserves no dignified burial. The burial of Jesus is not an inconsequential detail. The burial forms the connection between the truth of his death and resurrection, and is historically included in the summation of the gospel - Jesus died, was buried, and rose again. Up to this point in the narrative of the Passion Week, Jesus has been horribly dishonored. However in his burial He is given honor by the most unlikely characters and they provide for us some important insights on how to honor Christ.


1.   How does the Sabbath relate to the timing of Jesus’ burial? (15:42 cf. Deut. 21:23)


2.   Why did Joseph of Arimathea need to “gather up courage”? (15:43, 46)


3.   How would you explain Pilate’s response to Joseph’s request to bury Jesus? (15:44-45)


4.   Reflect on the manner in which Joseph buries Jesus (15:45-46 cf. Isaiah 53:9). What do you think this communicates?


 5.   What do you think is significant about including two women in the burial narrative? (15:40, 47)


 6.   Why do you think including the burial of Jesus is important to the details of the passion of Christ?