The Reward for Following Jesus – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week, Pastor Deric resumes the series “The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World” with a message titled ‘The Reward for Following Jesus’ based on Mark 6:14-29.
1. Unstoppable _______________: v. 14
2. Unending _________________: v. 14 – 15
3. Unavoidable_______________: v. 16 – 20
4. Inevitable ____________________: v. 21-28

5. Loyalty, Rest and Eternal Life: v. 29

ICEBREAKER: What is the weirdest way you have met someone?

  1. What does the report that Jesus’ name had become well known even to an unbelieving politician like Herod tell you about the reality of Jesus’ earthly life and ministry [Mark 6:14]? Consider also Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 23:6-12; and Acts 4:23-28.
  2. Several possibilities were offered as to Jesus’ identity in Mark 6:14-16. What do these opinions indicate about Jesus, and why does it matter [cf. Matthew 4:23-25; Matthew 11:2-6; and Luke 7:16-17]?
  3. What do you learn about the potential consequences of addressing a culture’s blatant immorality from the experience of John the Baptist [Mark 6:17-19]? What are the potential consequences of not addressing it [cf. Romans 1:24-32; Ephesians 4:17-19; and 1 Peter 4:3-5]?
  4. Herod was portrayed as a deeply conflicted person in Mark 6:19-20. What do you think was going on in his heart that should be avoided [cf. Romans 2:14-16; 2 Corinthians 4:4; and Titus 3:3]?
  5. Herod made a rash promise for all the wrong reasons [Mark 6:21-23]. What errors in his judgment can you list which can help you escape his foolhardiness [cf. Proverbs 17:27-28; Proverbs 29:20; and Ecclesiastes 5:1-2]?
  6. What did the beheading of John the Baptist [Mark 6:24-29] forebode for Jesus? Why is following Jesus costly? Do you believe Jesus is worth suffering for? Why or why not? [cf. Luke 9:23-26; John 12:25-26; and Revelation 12:11]?
  7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?