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Welcome to our new sermon series, THE FINAL WEEK. Over the next eight weeks, we will spend time looking at the events in Jesus’s final week leading to his crucifixion and resurrection. Our conversation this week revolves around three days of events where Jesus begins to foreshadow what will come after his death.
What are you most looking forward to this spring?
Have someone read Mark 11:1-25. What stands out to you about these events?
Jesus enters Jerusalem, surrounded by a shouting crowd of fans. He’s riding a donkey, reminiscent of a king’s triumphal entry. Based on what they proclaim in Mark 11:9-10, what do you think the people hope Jesus will do and why?
In the Roman and Jewish world, people of significance were ushered into the city by a large welcoming party. Yet no one from Jerusalem comes out to greet Jesus. He’s largely ignored. What are the ways people ignore Jesus today?
To accept Jesus means to welcome him into every area of our lives. How have you welcomed Jesus into your life, and what impact has he made on those activities or relationships?
Jesus enters the city again on Monday and sees a fig tree that’s all leaves and no fruit. He condemns the tree never to bear fruit again. Pastor Jeff Manion says the tree becomes a living parable for lives that are all leaves but no fruit. What could a life look like that is all leaves but no fruit today?
Jesus says in John 15:8, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” When have you seen someone live a life that bears much fruit for God’s glory?
Jesus declares that the Father’s house is to be a “house of prayer for all nations” (Mark 11:17). What does Jesus’s clearing of the chaos in the temple, specifically the Gentile court, reveal about the heart of God?
Have someone read 1 Kings 8:41-43. How does King Solomon’s prayer when dedicating the first temple reflect what Jesus says and does in the temple in Mark 11?
God desires for those on the outside looking in to draw near. What are some ways our attitudes or actions could keep people from God?
Pastor Jeff Manion says Jesus’s words point to two ways to hinder our prayers: not believing God is capable and holding a grudge against someone. In what ways have you struggled with either of these?
Jesus points to the temple replacement being praying communities marked by faith and forgiveness. How is your small group this kind of community, or how can you grow to become more like this?
Have someone read 1 Corinthians 3:16. The Apostle Paul uses the plural “you” when describing believers as God’s temple. How does it impact you to know that your community of believers is the temple, the place where God’s Spirit dwells?
Today we discussed what it means to welcome Jesus into every area of our lives, how God desires for our lives to bear fruit, and that gathered believers are now God’s house of prayer. Which impacted you the most, and what one step can you take as a result?