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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together.

You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body.

Carefully Think

  • Briefly skim through the Gospel of Mark to chapter ten, taking note of the section headings, if your Bible contains them. Read Mark 10:17-27.
  • What all can you learn from this passage about the man who questioned Jesus? What do you suspect about him, considering how and why he addressed Jesus?
  • What commandments did Jesus not mention in his response to the man? Read Exodus 20:3-17 for reference. Why do you think Jesus responded with the commandments he did and not the others? Could the commandments he left out be applicable to the man’s question? Why or why not; how?
  • What all did Jesus reveal to his disciples through this encounter? What was their response? Why?
  • The Sermon Study equipping class notes are available online for anyone wanting to dig deeper.  Please review this week's notes to help study this passage.  Click here for the notes. 

Prayerfully Meditate

  • What comes to mind when you read vs. 23-25 in conjunction with your own life? What about with regard to the commandments Jesus referred to?
  • If you could have asked Jesus two questions during this encounter, what would they have been?
  • How do vs. 26-27 relate to your experience of salvation?
  • How does Jesus’ response in this passage line up with your understanding of salvation? If not, how?
  • How does Jesus' approach to this man's question about eternal life differ from ways the gospel is communicated today?  Why?

Intentionally Act

  • Pray in thankfulness for God’s grace in your own salvation, or sense your need for salvation and cry out to the Lord for his mercy.
  • Evaluate your view and trust of material possessions in light of this passage. Repent for any sin this passage illuminated in your own life.
  • Think of someone you know who is not a follower of Christ.  Consider how this passage might be useful in relaying the gospel to them, particularly vs. 26-27.  Make plans to have intentional conversation with them this week, if possible.  
  • Pray for our congregation, that as we gather this Sunday the Lord would use this passage to shape our souls, increase our appreciation for Christ, and make us more like him.
  • Click the links below to find the lyrics and recordings of the songs planned for our gathering this Sunday; practice the songs, study the lyrics and sing together.
  • Pray for those leading our corporate gathering this week and for the Holy Spirit’s work as the Word of God is further explained and applied: Dawson Bryant: music; Brett Harris: Elders' prayer and Scripture reading; Adam Naler: teaching.

Songs for Sunday


Lyrics Morning Gathering - January 29, 2017 by Summit Woods Baptist Church on Scribd