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Mark 11:12-33 - October 19th 2018

THE KING'S Judgment

Read Mark 11:12-33

  1. What is the setting of this passage?
  2. Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?
  3. Why did Jesus cleanse the temple?
    1. What OT reference is v. 17 referring to?
    2. Why did the chief priests and scribes seek to destroy him after hearing this? 
    3. In cleansing the temple, was his intention one of reformation or judgement?
  4. How are the two accounts (Mk 11:12-14 and Mk 11:15-29) connected?
  5. What are the lessons Jesus teaches from the withered fig tree? (Mk 11:20-25)
  6. What are some repeated words in Mk 11:27-33?
  7. What is the source of Jesus' authority, why don't the Pharisees understand this? (Read Mk 1:11 and Mk 9:7)
  8. Why wouldn't the Pharisees answer Jesus' question? (Mk 11:31-32)

    Application:

    1. What do we learn about the consequence for fruitlessness?
    2. What do we learn about how we should pray?
    3. What do we learn about the authority of Jesus?
    4. Pray for members of the church to bear the fruit that comes from faith in Christ. 

    Colossians 4:12 - May 4th 2018

    Wrestling in Prayer

    Read all of Colossians (sermon will be on 4:12)

    1. Who is Epaphras? (according to this verse... do you know anything more about him?)
      1. What does it mean that he's one of you?
      2. What does it mean he's a servant of Christ Jesus?
    2. What does Epaphras do? 
    3. How does he do it?
      1. What does it mean to "struggle in prayer"?
      2. How is it on their behalf?
    4. What does he pray for and what does it mean?
      1. What does it mean to "stand mature"?
      2. What does it mean to be "fully assured in the will of God"?
    5. How does being a servant of Christ Jesus relate to our prayer? Specifically for one another?

    Application:

    1. How might we learn from Epaphras' example?
    2. Would you describe your prayer life as "struggling on others behalf"?
    3. Pray for some members of the church to stand mature and fully assured in all God's will. (Use the directory and pray for a page)
    4. Consider how this passage relates to the gospel. How might we forget the gospel when reflecting on a passage like this?

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