Author: gracepoint

November 30, 2020

Mark 13- 2020-11-30

  • Bible Text: Mark 13:24-27

    24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.”

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 13:24-26

    • The Bible does not give an exact timetable for when Jesus will return; we only know that it is after the tribulation of the temple destruction. In what ways does knowing we are in an in-between period change my focus and priorities?
    • How does knowledge of Jesus’ second return enable Christians to endure afflictions and tribulation?
  • Prayer 

November 27, 2020

Mark 13- 2020-11-27

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text: Mark 13:14-23

    14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out, 16 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 17 And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 18 Pray that it may not happen in winter. 19 For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. 20 And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. 21 And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23 But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.”

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 13:14-23

    • What can I learn from the fact that Jesus warns about future war, tribulation and spiritual chaos?
    • Jesus warns of false prophets and impending persecution, and in the 1st century, there was a war in Judea that resulted in the destruction of the temple. What is Jesus’ final exhortation, and how can I apply this to my life today?
  • Prayer 

November 26, 2020

Mark 13- 2020-11-26

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text: Mark 13:1-13

    1 And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” 2 And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”

    3 And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?”

    5 And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. 7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

    9 “But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. 10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

    12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 13:1-2

    • Why were the disciples impressed with the temple? Contrast what the disciples saw with what Jesus saw.

    Mark 13:4-8

    • The disciples ask for a sign and want to know when Jesus’ prediction would come true. What is noteworthy about Jesus’ response to them?

    Mark 13:9-13

    • Jesus exhorts the disciples to “be on [their] guard.” What does Jesus task his disciples with amidst these various troubles?
  • Prayer 

November 25, 2020

Mark 12- 2020-11-25

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text:

    Mark 12:41-44

    41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 12:41-42

    • Imagine how the rich people felt as they put “large sums” in the treasury, and imagine how the widow felt as she gave her small coins.

    Mark 12:43-44

    • How is it that, according to Jesus, the widow gave more? What does this say about what Jesus values, and how does this contrast with the world’s values?

    Mark 12:44

    • Examine my own giving of money, time, service. Can I relate more with the rich people or with the widow?
  • Prayer 

November 24, 2020

Mark 12- 2020-11-24

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text: Mark 12:35-40

    35 And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 36 David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared,

    “‘The Lord said to my Lord,

    “Sit at my right hand,

        until I put your enemies under your feet.”’

    37 David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly.

    38 And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces 39 and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 40 who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 12:35-37

    • As he teaches in the temple, Jesus asks a question of his own. What is Jesus trying to reveal about his identity and purpose through these questions, and what does this show about Jesus’ heart?

    Mark 12:38-40

    • What was Jesus’ issue with the scribes? What was at the heart of all they did?
  • Prayer 

November 23, 2020

Mark 12- 2020-11-23

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text: Mark 12:28-34

    28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 12:29-31

    • What are the two most important commandments? Contrast this with the types of questions that others asked Jesus earlier in the chapter.

    Mark 12:34

    • What causes Jesus to say this scribe is “not far from the kingdom of God”? What then is required to be in the kingdom of God?
  • Prayer 

November 20, 2020

Mark 12- 2020-11-20

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text: Mark 12:18-27

    18 And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying,

    19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.
    20 There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no offspring.

    21 And the second took her, and died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise. 22 And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died. 23 In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.”

    24 Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.”

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 12:18-23

    • Yet another group of people approaches Jesus with a question they aren’t actually interested in having answered. What warnings are there for me as I examine my speech life?

    Mark 12:24-27

    • What can I infer about the word of God through Jesus’ response to the Sadducees?
    • Why is it absurd to ask about the issue of marriage in light of the resurrection and eternal life?
    • These verses imply our relationship with God continues beyond death. How does this strengthen my spiritual life today?
  • Prayer 

November 19, 2020

Mark 12- 2020-11-19

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text: Mark 12:13-17

    13 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk. 14 And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone’s opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?” 15 But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” 16 And they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.” 17 Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him.

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 12:13-14

    • Notice that the Pharisees and Herodians intended to trap Jesus with this question about a controversial topic. Jesus knew their hypocrisy and that they had no intention of obeying his answer. Are there any controversial issues surrounding Christian life that I allow to detract from my obedience?

    Mark 12:17

    • What belongs to “Caesar” and what belongs to God? What would it look like to “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” in my life today?
  • Prayer 

November 18, 2020

Mark 12- 2020-11-18

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text:

    Mark 12:1-12

    1 And he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and leased it to tenants and went into another country. 2 When the season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. 3 And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Again he sent to them another servant, and they struck him on the head and treated him shamefully. 5 And he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed. 6 He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7 But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 And they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard.

    9 What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not read this Scripture:

    “‘The stone that the builders rejected

        has become the cornerstone;

    11 this was the Lord’s doing,

        and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”

    12 And they were seeking to arrest him but feared the people, for they perceived that he had told the parable against them. So they left him and went away.

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 12:1

    • Read Isaiah 5:1-7. How has God been like this vineyard owner in my life?
    • What are the implications of God being the vineyard owner and me being the tenant?

    Mark 12:3-8

    • What can I learn about human nature through the progression of the tenants’ reaction to those sent by the vineyard owner? In what ways can I relate to the tenants?
    • What can I learn about God’s heart through his multiple attempts to send his servants (prophets throughout the Old Testament, and ultimately Jesus, his Son)?
  • Prayer 

November 17, 2020

Mark 11- 2020-11-17

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text: Mark 11:27-33

    27 And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, 28 and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?” 29 Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30 Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me.” 31 And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 32 But shall we say, ‘From man’?”—they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John really was a prophet. 33 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 11:28-32

    • How can I know that the religious leaders were not actually interested in the truth about Jesus’ authority?

    Mark 11:31-33

    • Why do the religious leaders answer, “I don’t know”? What do they forfeit and what do they gain or preserve by answering in this way?
    • What is tragic about how this dialogue ends? What warning is there for me, as Jesus tries to engage with me about my heart and life through his word?
  • Prayer 

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