Uncomfortable (S1) - Day 14

The following is a guide to help facilitate discussion. Feel free to add or subtract or change questions to fit the conversation, and pray for the Spirit to lead in all things.

Have you ever experienced something that was known to be bad turn out to actually be good? What was it and what was that experience like?

Read 1 Cor. 1:18; Mark 8:27-35;  Hebrews 13:13-16; Phil. 1:21; and Mark 10:27-35 together and share any wisdom, insights, or questions in response to the reading. 

As we consider the words of Paul to the Corinthians, how do these words illustrate the difference between God’s ways and the ways of the world? Have you ever encountered this type of “foolishness”?

In Mark 8, why is the question, “Who do you say I am?” so important? Has that answer remained the same for you in your life or has it changed over time?

Hebrews 13 highlights some uncomfortable elements. What does it mean for us to “go outside the camp, and bear the disgrace he bore?” 

What was Paul’s attitude toward death and dying? Do you share a similar sentiment or is it vastly different? What difference has knowing Christ made in your life toward your thoughts about death?

Is the concept of “slavery” uncomfortable to you? Why do you think Jesus says that those who want to be first must be “the slave of everyone”? Does that make you want to take the lead or let others pave the way?!

What image comes to mind when you consider powerful/wealthy people? Are those images aligned with or misaligned with knowing Christ?

How have you followed Jesus into uncomfortable situations? Do you find that He leads you there often? If yes, what is that like for you? If no, why not??

When the disciples asked Jesus their uncomfortable question in Mark 10, what do you think was at the heart of their request? Do you think they really knew what they were asking for??

How has your relationship with Jesus made you uncomfortable; i.e., changed your life, affected your lifestyle, altered your priorities, refined your relationships, adjusted your politics, and so on? If your answer is “not much” maybe it’s time to take a deeper dive into the life and ministry of Christ and see where the Spirit may be leading you in this season of your life.

In what ways can you offer a “sacrifice of praise” to God this week? Is there a “sacrifice of doing good and sharing” that you can offer to God in response to all He has done for you? What might that be?

Let this group know how it can help you on this journey!

“…don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.”  -Hebrews 13:16

1 Comment

Cora Moralde - February 25th, 2023 at 9:17am

I’m planning to give $50.00 for mission. How will I be deducted?