GRACE CHURCH NWA

2828 NORTH CROSSOVER ROAD

FAYETTEVILLE, AR  72703

SUNDAY WORSHIP  10:15 AM

Grace Church Learning Guide

Week of February 23, 2020

Confession

John Ray

Mark 8:27-9:8 (NET)

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THE BIG IDEA

Jesus further reveals who he is and shows us the response this demands. 

GROUP DISCUSSION

This week’s text offers up a fantastic outline for discussion. What are some of the ways the world thinks about and defines Jesus? What about us? What does it mean to “lose our lives” for Jesus’ sake? What is the significance of the transfiguration in the context of these questions? Bonus discussion: How are y’all going to recognize Lent this year? As a group and as individuals? Have fun, y’all.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Take some time to sit and listen to this song. Maybe let it loop a couple of times. Pay attention to the emotions and thoughts that come up while listening. Afterwards, reread these words slowly, imagining Jesus is speaking directly to you: “Then Jesus and his disciples went to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ They said, ‘John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and still others, one of the prophets.’ He asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’” What is your answer? Say it out loud.

RESOURCES

  • Commentary from Narrative Lectionary here and here, and podcast here

 

LOOKING AHEAD 

Next week, we see Jesus subtly but not so subtly foreshadow what His life on earth exists for and how it will end. And reasonably so, His close followers, the disciples, weren’t sure what to do with this. But they begin to discuss who among them will have the choice seats in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus’ response to this is not what we might expect. Read about it in John 9:30-37.

ODDS AND ENDS

Wanna do something incredible this summer? How about spending three days studying with NT Wright? 

Resources for Lent: Two of my favorite devotional books for Lent.