From Pastor Brady

Greetings Church,

As Pastor Mark mentioned this past week in a blog about our new sermon series, we are going to weekly provide some discussion questions that you can use with your small group, Fight Club, or even at home with your family. It is our prayer that this will help to build us up in the faith as a church family. And that on a very practical level it will provide unity for all of our church as we are all weekly digging deeper into God’s Word, seeking to know the Trinity and especially Christ in a deeper way, and answering the same questions even though we are in many different groups.

Passage: Mark 1:1-13.

1. Mark starts his gospel by quoting Isaiah and other OT sources. He equates Jesus with Yahweh (re-read 1:2-3). What does it mean to you that Jesus is God? Fill in this blank: “Because Jesus is God, He is __________________.” Go around your group and see how many words you can put in the blank.

2. Mark wasn’t the only one that called Jesus the Son of God. The Father did as well at Jesus’ baptism? The Father declared that He was pleased with the Son. Why was the Father pleased with the Son?

Read these scriptures together about how we too are the sons of God: Romans 8:14-17; Galatians 4:1-7; John 1:12.

Is it hard for you to imagine that God is pleased with you? Do you think He would say to you what He said to Jesus in Mark 1:11?

3. Pastor Mark brought out that a big theme in the beginning of the Gospel of Mark is Wilderness. The wilderness is the place where we must go to encounter God. The wilderness is the place where you have to live in absolute dependence upon God.

What is your wilderness? What area of your life causes you to realize most personally and most deeply your absolute dependence upon God?

How do you think the Father’s love (1:11) sustained Jesus as he went into the wilderness (1:12-13)?  How can the Father’s love sustain you in your wilderness?

Fighter Verse Questions for Groups and Families.

Fighter Verse: Mark 1:1 “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”

1. Mark calls the story of Jesus the gospel. What does “gospel” mean? When was the last time you heard some really good news? How did it make you feel?

For families: Why is the story of Jesus good news?

2. Mark calls Jesus the “Son of God.” Why is it so important that we confess Jesus as the Son of God? What does calling Jesus the Son of God imply about Him (read also John 5:18).

Adam was called the son of God. Israel was called the son of God. Jesus is the substitute for both Adam (all humanity) and Israel. Why is the idea that Jesus is our substitute so important?

What are some ways we can think about Jesus that fall short of seeing him as God?

For families: Help your children to understand that Jesus was both human and God.

Ask: Why is it so awesome that Jesus was a person like us?

Ask: Why is it so awesome that Jesus was also God?

You can connect this truth to the rest of the story- Jesus’ baptism and his temptation in the wilderness. Because Jesus was human he HAD to obey. Because he was God he COULD obey.

Help your children to see that GOD sent GOD to save us.