United in Jesus – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week, Pastor Deric continues the series “The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World” with a message titled ‘United in Jesus’ based on Mark 3:13-35.
  1. We share the same foundation; v. 13-21
  2. We share the same faith; v. 22-30
  3. We share the same family: v. 31-35


ICEBREAKER: Who is the most intelligent or creative person you know?

1. According to Mark 3:14-15, what were the three main responsibilities Jesus gave His apostles? How do we continue to live out these priorities today [cf. Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 4:13; and Romans 10:14-17]?

2. What ministry principles do you learn from Jesus’ appointment of His 12 apostles [Mark 3:13-19]? Why do you think Jesus chose these specific individuals [cf. Matthew 4:18-22; John 1:35-51; and 2 Timothy 2:2]?

3. Jesus’ family members weren’t overly supportive during His earthly ministry [Mark 3:20-21]. Why do you think they struggled to accept their elder Brother, and how does this encourage you when loved ones don’t support your Christian commitment [cf. Matthew 12:46-50; Matthew 13:53-58; and John 7:1-10]?

4. How did Jesus counter the false allegation that He was casting out demons by Satan’s authority [Mark 3:22-27]? What does this indicate about the state of the religious leaders’ hearts [cf. Acts 19:8-9; Romans 1:21; and Ephesians 4:18]?

5. In light of the context of Mark 3:28-30, what exactly is the “eternal sin” Jesus mentioned? How likely is it to be committed today [cf. John 12:36-43; 2 Corinthians 3:12-16; and Hebrews 3:12-19]?

6. What do you learn about Jesus’ view of the family of God from His comments in Mark 3:31-35 [cf. Matthew 7:21; Luke 11:28, and 1 John 2:17]?

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

“Our relationship with each other is the criterion the world uses to judge whether our message is truthful – Christian community is the final apologetic.” (Francis Schaeffer)