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Remarkable Death

Getting to know you

– What was the very first thing you can remember purchasing and how much did it cost you?

– Tell of one of your childhood fears and how you overcame it.

Going Deeper

– What makes Jesus different from the other High Priests that served in the temple? (Hebrews 10:11-12, 9:11-14, 7:23-28) What is another aspect of Old Testament Law that Jesus replaces through his death?

– In pairs, read different parts of Leviticus 16 so that the entire chapter is covered by the whole group. Describe the rituals required on the Day of Atonement.

– Look at the monetary worth of the temple (1 Chronicles 22:14) and the extra money that David gave towards the building project (1 Chron. 29:3-5). What does this say about how generous we should be towards the local church, which is composed of many temples of the Holy Spirit? (this is a teaser for the Living Generously series)

– Identify at least 2 gospel truths in Romans 6:5-11. These are reasons to celebrate daily; Jesus’ death makes us die to sin, too! How do you/can you celebrate and live this everyday?

Taking it Home

– Jesus says that our lights as Christians cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14-16), but we often do. What do you want to change in your life this week to let your life shine brighter?

– Pray for an opportunity to tell someone specific tomorrow about Jesus’ remarkable death. Now, go and do it!

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Remarkable Signs

Getting to Know You:

  • What causes you to panic?
  • What’s the craziest sign you have ever seen?

Going Deeper:

  • Time and time again Jesus calls us to keep watch and be alert in Mark 13. How should we watch and get ready for the return of Jesus?
  • Look up Zechariah 14:1-7, Revelation 19:1-6 and describe the 2nd coming of Jesus.
  • Look at the parable of the fig in Mark 13:28-31. What does Jesus mean by “this generation” in vs.30?  Compare vs.31 with Isaiah 40:6-8.  What is Jesus claiming here?
  • How should we get ready for coming persecution? Look up 1 Thess.2:14; Matt.5:11-12, Heb.12:1-3, 1 Peter 5:9.
  • Look up Mark 13:6-7, 21-23. How can we guard against being deceived about Jesus?

Taking it Home:

  • Pray for someone this week who wouldn’t be ready if Jesus returned today. What might you do to help them get ready?
  • Write down one way you might release control in your life and give it over to God. Then act on that!
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Remarkable Commands

Getting to Know You

Name three things you love the most!

What do you love most about your church?

Going Deeper

How would you describe love? Why do we use the word love to describe our feelings about so many different things? i.e. love for cheeseburgers vs love for a spouse.

Read Mark 12:28-34. What is the significance of a burnt offering? How does this apply to loving your neighbour?

What does it actually look like to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength?

Jesus died for us even though we were his enemies. (Romans 5:10) Give some practical examples of how we can show love to our enemies.

Look up Romans 10:14-15. Who is Paul talking about when he says “they?” What should be our main mission as the church?

Taking it Home:

We show love for God by doing his will. Take a piece of paper and write the name of someone you plan to invite to church this week. Next week take the time to discuss how that went. We can do it!! Let’s show God love by following His commands!

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Remarkable Resurrection

Getting to Know You

  • What’s one thing you’re looking forward to when it comes to resurrection?
  • Discuss your favourite Easter memory and worst Easter disaster.

Going Deeper

  • Why do you think Mark chose to end his book so abruptly at verse 8? Why do you think someone tried to finish the story?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 and discuss several reasons why resurrection is everything for the follower of Jesus.
  • How might you defend the resurrection against a skeptic?
  • Read Mark 16:6-8 What made the resurrection scary at first and for many today?
  • Look up Romans 8:0-11 and 1 Corinthians 6:12-20. Discuss the relevance of resurrection to our everyday lives.
  • How might we live with an expectation of resurrection?

Taking it Home:

  • Live the resurrection this week by sharing a meal with someone
  • The first response to the risen Christ was one of worship. (Matt.28:9) Think through how you can worship the risen Christ and practice His presence this week and unplug and spend some alone time with God in awe again of the resurrection.
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Remarkable Entrance

Getting to know you:

  • What would you choose as your entrance song?
  • If you could choose any ride, what would your sweet ride be and why?

Going Deeper:

  • Look up Psalm 118:25-26 and Mark 11:9-10.
    • What does it mean for Jesus to be one who is blessed?
    • Hosanna means God saves. How is this term applicable to Jesus as he enters Jerusalem?
  • Read Mark 10:7. How might you respond in a similar situation?
  • Read John 12:15 . Why did it take until the resurrection before the discples realized what was happening?
  • In Mark 10:11 it says Jesus went into the temple, looked around and then left. Why did he do this?  Read vs.12-19 to help your answer.
  • What are some ways we can miss the opportunity to submit to Jesus?

Taking it home:

  • Where can you submit to the rule of Jesus more in your life?
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Remarkable Inheritance

Getting to Know You:

  • What’s your favourite aspect of the kingdom?
  • What’s the silliest saying you’ve ever heard?

Going Deeper:

  • Talk about why it is impossible for the rich to enter the kingdom of God. Use Matt.6:24 and James 5:1-6 to assist you.
  • Who then can enter the kingdom of God?
  • Discuss the following statement: Wealth has a voracious appetite that binds people to earth.
    • Discuss why Jesus promised persecution as a reward in Mark 10:30. Use Romans 5:1-6.
    • Read Ephesians 1:18-23 and discuss the inheritance waiting for followers of Jesus.
    • Discuss what it means that those who are first are last and those last first and how we ensure we are placing ourselves last.

    Taking it Home:

    • What has Jesus asked you to give up to follow him? How can you continue to give that up this week?
    • Think of some ways you could be generous with the wealth God has given you this week and then be generous.
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Remarkable Identity

Getting to Know You:

-Would you rather be a caterpillar that turns into a butterfly or a tadpole that turns into a frog? Why?

-Talk about one area where Jesus has already changed you.

Going Deeper:

-Compare and contrast the transfiguration with the giving of the Law and being in God’s presence in Ex.24 & Ex.33… what similarities and differences do you find?

-Look up Revelation 1:12-18, 19:8, 3:4-5, 18 and talk about the importance of white clothing both for Jesus and his followers. What does it signify?

-Biblically speaking how might we keep our clothing white?

-Matt.5:17 talks about how Jesus fulfilled both the law and the prophets. Talk about some ways in which he did this.

-Discuss the various views of Jesus today and how you might challenge someone to change their view.(pop culture, curse word, good guy, myth)

Taking it Home:

-Memorize Romans 12:2

-Decide what you need to change and come up with an action & accountability plan to make that happen.

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Remarkable Compassion

Getting to Know you:
-If you hadn’t eaten in weeks, what’s the first meal you would eat?
-Would you rather be hangry or tungry? Why?

Going Deeper:
-Read Mark 6:1‐3 and talk about what both amazes you about Jesus and what offends you (or those you know) about Jesus.
-Mark 6:30‐33 talks about the importance of rest. What do you have in place (or could) to ensure you get enough rest and alone time with God?
-Read John 6:35‐69

  1. What did Jesus mean when he said I am the bread of life?
    2. What did many disciples desert Jesus after this miracle? See vs.26,41,60 to help you.
    3.Why did the 12 stay? See vs.69 and discuss what words of life Jesus has?

-Is our church known for being focused on self or others?
-What might we do to change that perception or keep it?

Heading Home:
-What might you do so you are ready to “see a need, meet a need?” Think of some practical ways you can do that this week, then do it!
-Start saving up with your group to meet a need…start thinking of someone you can bless with a gift card to blow their socks off in the name of Jesus for Good Friday!

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Remarkable Power

Getting To Know You:

-If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?

-What’s your greatest fear?

Going Deeper:

-Mark 5:15 tells us that people were afraid of losing if Jesus stayed in their area. What are you afraid of losing to completely follow Jesus? Be honest!

-Look up 1 Corinthians 4:20 and discuss what strikes you about the power of Jesus’ kingdom the most and why.

-Mark 5:1-20 tells the story of a demon possessed man.

  • What do we learn about evil spirits from this text?
  • Who has authority over evil spirits?
  • Why do evil spirits know who Jesus is, but people are so unable or unwilling? Look up Mark 1:24, 1:34, 3:11, 5:6-7

-Discuss the difference between knowing who Jesus is and putting faith in Jesus. Use James 2:19 to help you.

-Why do we operate out of fear and not faith sometimes?

Heading Home:

-What do you do at home to help your family see the power of Jesus?

-How might you Mark 5:19 this week?

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Remarkable Influence

Getting to Know You:

Where around the world have you been, and which place was your favourite?

Which empire do you think was the greatest on Earth?

Going Deeper:

-Apart from God’s Kingdom, what typically makes a powerful kingdom, and what did they do to get there?

-What do you think the Jews were expecting when they first heard about the Kingdom of God?

-Read Mark 4:15-20, talk about times where you saw someone receive the Gospel, did one of these 4 things occur?

-Read Mark 4:9-12, Why do you think Jesus spoke in parables?

-Why do you think Mark left out the explanations to the other parables?

-Read Mark 4:35-41 How would you have responded if you were one of the disciples in the boat?


-Are you carefully considering Jesus?

-Are you only hearing the word and not understanding and doing?

-How many opportunities with people have you had to plant seeds?

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