The Tribulation – 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 Tribulation’ based on Mark 13:14-23.

1. The Antichrist and the Temple

2. The Rapture and the Tribulation

3. The Great Tribulation and Armageddon

4. The Repentance of Israel and the Return of Jesus

ICEBREAKER: What is the biggest mistake you have made at work?

1. From the very phrase “abomination of desolation” in Mark 13:14, what conclusions can you draw? What emotions does it arise in you [cf. Daniel 9:27; Daniel 11:31; and Daniel 12:11]?


2. What do the various directives of Mark 13:14-18 emphasize about the dangers associated with the “abomination of desolation” [cf. Genesis 19:17; Judges 6:2; and Zechariah 14:5]?

3. How does Jesus’ prediction of severe end-time tribulation help you process the current situation in our world [cf. Daniel 9:26; Daniel 12:1; and Joel 2:2]?


4. What do you learn about the character of the Lord from Mark 13:20? How does this help ease your troubled mind [cf. Isaiah 65:8-9; John 15:19; and Romans 11:5]?


5. What kinds of people are we to be watching out for in the last days? What characterizes them according to Jesus’ forewarning [cf. Deuteronomy 13:1-5; Matthew 7:15-20; and 2 Peter 2:1-3]?

6. How are you putting into practice Jesus’ admonition to “be on guard” in Mark 13:23 [cf. Acts 20:28-35; Philippians 3:2-11; and 2 Peter 3:17-18]?


7.  What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.” (C.S. Lewis)