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Escalating Opposition and Extraordinary Faith

Mark 3:1-6 What did the religious leaders hope for when Jesus entered the synagogue? What did Jesus ask the religious leaders? How did they answer? Why was Jesus angry with the religious leaders? How did the man with the withered hand respond to Jesus? ...

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Pastoral Ministry

Acts 20:17-24 Why do pastors need to be with people in order to pastor them? Who is a pastor’s master? Who do pastors serve? What must pastors not shrink back from? What is the life ambition of a faithful pastor?  ...

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Why aren't they doing it right?

Mark 2:18-28 Why wasn’t it appropriate for Jesus’ disciples to fast while he was with them? Why are Jesus’ disciples a rejoicing people? How did Jesus respond to the charge that his disciples were breaking the Sabbath? What is the significance of Jesus saying that the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath? ...

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Spiritual Discernment

1 John 4:1-6 How are followers of Jesus to exercise discernment? Why is exercising discernment necessary? What is the ultimate criteria for exercising discernment? What role does the Holy Spirit play in providing us discernment? When we need instruction, where should we go to get it? ...

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The Great Commission

Matthew 28:18-20 How does Jesus being given all authority in heaven and on earth affect His followers? What does Jesus command all of His followers to do? Why are baptism and being taught Jesus’ commands a critical part of following Him? Why do Jesus’ disciples need to be reminded that He is always with them? ...

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Why is Jesus with them?

Mark 2:13-17 Given Levi’s standing in the Jewish community, how would people have expected Jesus to interact with him? How did Jesus interact with him? Who did Levi invite to come and eat with Jesus? How did they respond to Jesus? How did Jesus demonstrate His care for His followers when the scribes and Pharisees questioned them? Who did Jesus come for? ...

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Who does Jesus think he is?

Mark 2:1-12 What made the faith of the men who brought the paralytic to Jesus visible? Why were the scribes so offended by Jesus’ forgiveness of the paralytic man’s sins? How did Jesus show Himself to be God in His interaction with the paralytic and scribes? When Jesus restored the paralytic, why did He begin with forgiving his sins rather than healing hi...

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The King's Fitness

Mark 1:21-45 What differences did people recognize between the teaching of the scribes and Jesus’ teaching? What characteristics marked Jesus’ ministry of restoration? How did Jesus demonstrate dependence on God in carrying out His ministry? In what ways did Jesus’ interaction with the leper point forward to what He would accomplish on the cross? ...

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Following Jesus

Mark 1:16-20 How is following Jesus different than our modern view of what it means to be a follower? What type of people were Jesus’ first followers? What were they doing when Jesus called them to follow Him? How does Jesus grow His followers? When people are called to follow Jesus, what response is well pleasing to God?  ...

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Gospel Ministry and the Kingdom of God

Mark 1:14-15 What does Mark communicate is the fate of the faithful? Why did Jesus conduct His ministry in Galilee rather than the wilderness? What was the good news that Jesus proclaimed? How do you face pressure as a follower of Jesus? ...

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Children of God and Children of the Devil

1 John 2:28-3:10 When Jesus returns, how will those who abide in God respond? How do those who hope to see God demonstrate the hope they have in Him? In what ways do God’s children show that they know Him? What distinguishes the children of God from the children of the devil? ...

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The Rest of Time

Daniel 10:20-12:13 What does the prophecy that’s revealed to Daniel teach us about God’s plans and purposes? When Daniel received this prophecy how would he have been encouraged by it? As we read this prophecy how are we encouraged by it? What will be the ultimate end of the people who set themselves against God? What will be the ultimate end of the people...

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Expectations in God's Service, Part 3

Daniel 10:16-19 Why should followers of Christ expect to feel personal weakness? What is one of the main causes of our weariness? How did Christ strengthen Daniel to keep going? When we feel weak and weary what should we do? ...

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Expectations in God's Service, Part 1

Daniel 10:1-111. What was the nature of the vision that Daniel had?2. Before Daniel had the vision what was he doing? Why was he doing it?3. Who did Daniel see a vision of? How did Daniel respond to this vision?4. As servants of God, what expectations should we have about what it means to serve Him?...

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The God of Greater Hope

The God of Greater Hope: Daniel 9:20-27...

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