SOAP

BIBLICAL REFLECTION

Mark 9:30-37

Summarize the passage by asking Who? What? When? Where? Why?


PERSONAL REFLECTION

  • How do you know if ministry is Jesus-centered and Kingdom-focused?
  • What’s the difference in attitude between serving and being a servant?
  • Why did Jesus say bring a child into the servant conversation?

RECALLING THE MESSAGE

  • How does this message help us make Kelsey known as a loving church?
  • What image/illustration from the passage and/or Sunday’s message caught your attention most?
  • What other questions do you have about the passage and/or message?
  • In what ways did the Holy Spirit challenge you through the message?
  • What do you have to do to make the message mean something to you?

WEEKLY PRAYER FOCUS

Pray for people who feel like they don’t belong. Ask God for opportunities to meet new people. Pray that God’s church would be a place people feel truly welcomed.


SCRIPTURE TO HEART

Take time to memorize this 1 Bible verse:

He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”

Mark 9:35

Which is worse?

Our church met for Zoom Bible study last night. I vary what we study and even how. Sometimes we’ll make use of a curriculum. Other times I’ll go verse by verse.

Most times, though, we take time to study the sermon text from the previous Sunday worship.

I’m not a Bible verse-by-verse preacher. So, the set-apart time is helpful because I get to share what I learned and hear from others as well.

At this week’s study, we looked at Mark 8:27-38.

This is when Jesus asks the disciples two questions: 1) Who do people say that I am? and 2) Who do you say that I am?

That’s a preacher’s dream text. It almost preaches itself.

I asked our group to reflect on a question of my own. Some people thought of Jesus as John the Baptist, Elijah or one of the prophets. But they did not think of him as Messiah, apparently. Peter professed that Jesus was the Messiah, but rebuked Jesus because of the kind of messiah he would be.

So, which was worse: thinking Jesus was as powerful as other biblical figures, but not Messiah or calling him Messiah, but not believing he was the “right” kind?

Stay blessed…john

The real world of the cross


BIBLICAL REFLECTION
Mark 8:27-38

Summarize the passage by asking Who? What? When? Where? Why?


PERSONAL REFLECTION

  • Who do you say Jesus is?
  • Explain the “temptation to do better than God.”
  • How does the cross of Jesus impact how you live?

RECALLING THE MESSAGE

  • How does this message help us make Kelsey known as a loving church?
  • What image/illustration from the passage and/or Sunday’s message caught your attention most?
  • What other questions do you have about the passage and/or message?
  • In what ways did the Holy Spirit challenge you through the message?
  • What do you have to do to make the message mean something to you?

WEEKLY PRAYER FOCUS

Pray for people who feel overworked and underappreciated. Ask God to help them feel loved and to find rest. Pray for people to find peace in God.


SCRIPTURE TO HEART

Take time to memorize this 1 Bible verse:

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Mark 8:34