The Coming of Christ Pt. 1 – Deric Bartlett


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This week, Pastor Deric continues the series “The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World” with a message titled ‘The Coming of Christ, Pt. 1’ based on Mark 13:1-2.
1. Start the journey.
Prophecy is a MAJOR GENRE of the Bible, so don’t neglect prophetic texts

2. Pick a lane, honestly.
You need a framework from which you read prophecy

3. Drive carefully.
Prophetic and apocalyptic Scripture humbles even to the greatest students

4. Enjoy the panoramic view.
Prophetic and apocalyptic Scripture helps frame our lives from beginning to end

5. Remember the destination.
Your future is bright (which is a gross understatement)

ICEBREAKER: Who is the funniest person in your family?

1. Why do you think one of Jesus’ disciples was in such awe of the temple precincts [Mark 13:1]? How does this factor into the context of the verses that follow [cf. Mark 11:15-17; Luke 21:5; and John 2:20]?

2. What does the fact that Jesus knew the future reveal about Him [Mark 13:2]? What difference does this make in your life today [cf. Isaiah 42:1-9; Isaiah 44:1-8; and John 1:43-51]?

3. How do you think the news of the temple’s approaching destruction would have affected Jesus’ disciples [Mark 13:2]? Why [cf. Jeremiah 6:1-30; Micah 3:1-12; and Zephaniah 1:1-18]?

4. Why is nature such an effective tool to reveal God’s truth [Mark 13:28]? Also consider Psalm 8:1-4; Psalm 19:1-6; and Romans 1:19-20.

5. What do you learn about Jesus’ words from Mark 13:31? What impact does this make in your life [cf. Isaiah 40:8; John 3:31-36; and John 14:23-24]?

6. Jesus told His followers 4 times in Mark 13:32-37 to “stay awake”. Why is this so important, and how are you doing this in practical terms [cf. Matthew 24:42-44; Matthew 26:40-41; and Ephesians 6:18]?

7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message? “For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. It will be too late then to choose your side.” (C.S. Lewis)