The Coronation of the King

A Study of the Gospel of Mark

The Story this Week:
Kill or be Killed, Mark 6:14-29

Moral of the Story: We need to be out in the world, not worrying about our personal comfort. We need to speak up for what is right, and we need to do it in a way that shows people they are loved and not condemned.

The Foreword: Warm-Up
  1. Have you ever experienced living in a “bubble”? If so, describe what it was like while you were in it and what it was like when you left it and had to face the world?
  2. List what you see as the advantages and disadvantages of being a sheltered community.
The Story: Reviewing the Sermon
  1. What stood out to you from this week’s message? Why?
  2. Do you believe that God has a destiny planned for everyone? Why or why not? Do you feel that God has plans for you and what are they?
  3. From your experiences, do those outside of the church see churches as “sheltered” communities? If so, how do you think they define “sheltered”?
  4. John was killed because Herod loved Herodias more than the truth of God. It is easy for us to be led astray by our spouse or a child or a close friend. What is Jesus’ advice in Matthew 10:34-39 to help us avoid this failing?
  5. How can we live in a way that will help us preach in love rather than in judgment? What do you think John did and said to help Herod listen to his words rather than dismiss him?
  6. Herod Antipas continued down the path that was leading him away from God. He listened to John’s preaching but how did he react when he could finally hear Jesus preach? Read Luke 23:8-12 and discuss how Herod has changed.
The Full Story: Biblical Exploration
  1. How should Christians view this world (John 17:18, 1 John 5:19)?
  2. Read Colossians 1:9-12. As followers of Christ, what should be our daily goals as we are in this world?
  3. According to 1 Peter 2:12, how can our unsheltered lives spread Christ’s message?
Epilogue: Praying Together
  1. Break into smaller groups for prayer. If you are comfortable share the fears and temptations you have that prevent you from being committed to Jesus like John the Baptist was. Spend time praying for one another about these issues.
The Story Today: Applying the Lessons
  1. Think of ways in which we as a church shelter ourselves from culture and ways in which we can engage culture. Share these ideas with church leadership and let’s put them into practice together.
Previous Weeks
  1. The Beginning of the Good News
  2. Ordinary Idiots
  3. Goodness Gracious Me
  4. The Bigger Picture
  5. Breaking All the Rules
  6. True Family
  7. Dirty Christians
  8. Breathing God
  9. The Storm
  10. Mental Pollution
  11. Jesus is Dyn-O-Mite
  12. Heralds of the King
  13. Kill or be Killed

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